A friend and I were having a discussion earlier today about Adam and Eve and it reminded me of a day back in October when I was at the park having my personal bible study time. I was reading the story about these two in Genesis as I’ve done several times in the past but I really began to take a look at the conversation that took place between Eve and the serpent. Yes…THAT conversation.
In Genesis 2:1 is where we are introduced to the serpent, the devil. The bible says that he was “more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made.” Now, this tells me that he was was really ‘low down’ (no pun intended). In this particular verse, he started out by asking Eve a question and the question was, “Can it really be that God has said, ‘You shall not eat from every tree of the garden.’ What I noticed is that when Eve answered him, she seemed to answer him with much confidence. She answered the serpent and said, “We may eat the fruit from the trees of the garden. Except the fruit from the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God has said, ‘You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.” She didn’t hesitate. She didn’t stutter. She was sure of what God had said and her answer was firm.
However, in verse 4, the serpent didn’t ask Eve a question as he did initially but his response to her was now said in a tone of confidence as well also but enticing and cloaked in deception. Although it was true that Eve’s eyes would be opened and she would know the difference between the knowledge of good and evil, blessing and calamity, she would not be like God after eating the fruit because she, along with Adam was already like God. They were both made in the image of God when He created them. Eve was aware of this truth.
At this point, Eve’s longing for what she wasn’t supposed to have became stronger and stronger. Have you ever desired something or someone so strongly that you were willing to go against God in order to have it? The bible says in verse six that the tree was three things; good for food, delightful to look at and a tree to be desired and ultimately Eve gave into her desire and ate of the forbidden fruit along with her husband. So, as I was thinking about this during my study time, I wondered if Eve felt and saw all of this before the serpent started running his mouth? It seems that when God gives us instructions not to do something we shouldn’t do or not to go somewhere we shouldn’t go, the temptation isn’t there…in the beginning. But let devil start talking long enough and all of a sudden we now want to do the very thing God told us not to do in the first place. All of a sudden it looks more tempting, more inviting and more beneficial. Let me tell you from my own personal experience that giving into the the devil’s temptations is NEVER beneficial. It can be very costly in the end. He doesn’t play fair and he likes to play for keeps. This is why we must guard our hearts with all diligence. We must remain in the truth. Eve knew the truth but she didn’t remain in it. Yes, the charge was given to Adam but remember the charge was given to him while Eve was INSIDE of Adam…as his rib (catch it!). She allowed the devil to deceive her and she exchanged the truth for a lie. As a result the consequences were dire and they not only affected her and
Adam but their decision to sin against God has affected mankind down through the ages. Our choices and behaviors can affect our children and generations that will come after us. So, don’t let the devil deceive you. Remain in the truth of God’s word. In THAT place, you can never go wrong.