A Christian Journey

Did God Say That

“Now the serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made.  And he, Satan, said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the garden?”  Genesis 3:1  Amplified

The third chapter of Genesis is the saddest of the Bible, that’s where sin entered in.  Satan uses the same tool today that he did then, doubt.  Notice he didn’t tell Eve, God didn’t say you shall not eat from every tree, he asked her, did God say that?   If you look back at Genesis 2:17 God told Adam after creating him that he should not eat it, Eve wasn’t around yet.  That means Adam told Eve what God said, she didn’t hear it from God directly.  Satan knew that and planted the seed of doubt in Eve’s mind.  She likely thought, maybe Adam heard wrong.  Then Satan told her, You shall not surely die.  Well, in Eden nothing had died yet so what did that mean.  I don’t think Eve even thought about the rest of what Satan said to her. He told her about her eyes being opened, her eyes were already open, and that she would be like God knowing the difference between good and evil, blessing and calamity.  She had only known good and blessing, she had no knowledge of evil and calamity.

Here’s the next step to the fall, when she saw that the tree was good, suitable and pleasant for food and that it was delightful to look at, a tree to be desired in order to make one wise.  Her senses were deceiving her, she saw, yes with her physical eyes, but not her spiritual ones and she was lead astray.  We must be in control of our feelings and senses or they will lead us astray as well, let’s learn from sister Eve.  Go beyond the physical realm, ask God to open your spiritual eyes, so that you can truly see.

She ate of the fruit and gave some to Adam and he ate.  Now, this is where I draw the line on the fall being Eve’s fault.  Adam had the opportunity to refuse to eat of the fruit and he didn’t.  Some say he didn’t know it was from that tree, some say he had to eat it because she already had and he loved her.  I don’t know why he did it, but he joined in with her. I would argue that he actually has a greater fault because he DID hear directly from God NOT to eat the fruit.

So what can we learn from all of this?  Doubt opens the door to wrong decisions, never doubt God, but if that door is opened then go to Him for reassurance.

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