This crafty serpent has been leading the conversation with Eve from the beginning and he started with a subtle change; “Is it really true that God said?” (Genesis 3:1) Notice that he uses only the name “God” and not “Yahweh God” and Eve begins to follow his change. (Genesis 3:3)
He began this conversation by questioning the Word and motives of God. “Did He really say that?”
He was then able to cause her to deny the Word of God by distorting it. “You won’t die; God is lying to you because He knows that if you eat from the tree, your eyes will be opened!”
Well it worked in the garden and Satan has used this motive ever since.
Some groups have believed that the God of the Old Testament was actually an evil, lesser god than the true, good God of the New Testament. They see the serpent as one who brought truth, light, and knowledge to mankind because this evil god had kept something from the man. There are those who do so far as to state that Eve had sex with the serpent and that Cain was their offspring.
Some groups will tell you that we were created by aliens, or that the God of the bible was created by a greater God and that we will one day be gods of our own universe.
This same formula has only grown and branched out over time.
“There’s more to the text, a hidden message that only those with the divine spark, the most humble, the most studied, can understand. And you can so this by buying this book, or that teaching. Only then can you know what God is really saying.”
“You will be as gods”
“Do what thou wilt” said Aleister Crowley.
“You have to ascend” say the ascended masters.
“You have to find god within” say the New Agers.
They say you must build up, transcend, and become god.
The Word of God tells us something very different.
John 3:30 He must increase, but I [must] decrease.
“He (Jesus Christ) must increase, while I decrease.” This should be the motto of every Christian.
It’s not my life to live; it’s allowing Jesus Christ to live through me (Galatians 2:20)
Every day as we walk with the Lord, you should see less of me and more of Christ living through me. That starts by believing God’s Word, not adding to or subtracting from it, and resisting the idea that there is “something more” than exactly what He says
1 John 2:16
Luke 4:1-11 (Psalm 91:11-12)
C) The pressure of attraction
Do it now – impulse – Satan doesn’t let up
God gave Eve the point of view that she would die. Satan enticed her into the fact that she would become like God. The entire matter of submission is in the tree.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Here we see the beginning of the temptation that has plagued mankind ever since.
The three deadly temptations in this world
1 John 2:15-17
1) The lust of the flesh
She saw that the tree was good for food
2) The lust of the eyes
She saw that the tree was pleasant to the eyes
3) The pride of life
And the tree would make one wise.
These two turned their backs on everything that God had supplied for them. Man had lived in complete fellowship with God here in the garden. Now he had essentially said, “I don’t believe that You are telling me the whole truth; God is hiding something from me and I will find out myself.”
I wonder about two things in this episode:
1. Could Adam have stopped everything?
Since he was the head of this family, could he have not eaten from the tree, prayed to God for forgiveness and made everything right?
2. Why, if they had been created in the image of God, and supposedly sinless, would they have doubted God’s intentions and His Word?
I guess both of these are answered in what we call free will. Man was created with everything that he needed, and so he, as Job did, might not have seen how much he needed God. So a choice must be made. God loved them and wanted the best for them, but they needed to choose to love Him back of their own free will, not because He had supplied for their every need.
Eve’s choice was to become like God, Adams was to be with his wife; to love the created more than the creator. In doing this, they broke fellowship with God.
They also broke their relationship with God, and chose rebellion against Him, making this broken relationship through sin a part of our nature.
We as Christians, see the need for a Savior.
Some see it as liberation: Man was given the ability or responsibility to choose. Before this, man did what is right because he had no choice and now he does.
But how did mankind get here, how did this intention to rebel come about?
The answer could have been in creation.
Early Hebrew Rabbis believed that man was created with an inclination for good and evil. This came from the fact that when God created the universe, and declared what was good; this act caused a direct opposite to be defined because of how our universe works. This direct opposite was evil.
Regardless of the reason, they both chose to rebel, and caused this brokenness to be handed down to all mankind. We can’t look down on them because we would have probably done the same thing.
Why? Because we are still dealing with the same temptation. Luckily, for us, God has given us an example on how to deal with them:
By trusting in Jesus Christ and knowing the Word of God
The first Adam brought sin and death.
The Last Adam brings salvation and life.