The Fall: Eve Believed God Had Not Supplied All Her Needs
You may not see it today but one day you will, hopefully. We are the children of Abraham, and Abraham is the child of Adam and Eve. Like Adam and Eve, we too are disobedient, ungrateful and believe that God is holding on to something we deserve or are entitled too?
3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Genesis 3: 1 NIV)
Now, in Genesis 3: 1 -7, and in the Garden, we find that the serpent was getting in Eve’s head. This particular passage of scripture is known as the (Fall). The Book of Genesis explains how the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord had made. Do you know somebody crafty like the serpent? He is successful in coercing Eve into disobeying God by tempting her with words ad using persuasive techniques. The serpent is so crafty that he can sell things that he does not own? Do his abilities sound like some that people have and utilize today? The serpent said to the woman, “did God really say, You must not eat from any tree in the garden?” Here the serpent is provoking Eve to reason in her head about something she is forbidden to desire nevermind possess.”
The woman (Eve) did the right thing at first. She said to the serpent, “we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, God did say, you must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.”
If Eve had stood firm and by her response, the Fall would have never come to pass. Her explanation for not eating of the tree was sufficient; her mistake, she failed to close the door. o the serpent. Eve foolishly allowed him to continue speaking on a subject that God had not opened up for debate. In essence, Eve failed to take her way out.
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10: 13
Giving the serpent permission to speak freely proved to be Eve’s worst nightmare, one that not only caused her eventual torment and grief but eventually enjoined her husband Adam as well.
When we do as God commands us to do we are done. God does not need us to defend Him or His word. He needs us to obey and carry out His will. In this case, Eve needed to not eat from the tree no matter what the serpent said. But, again, she allowed the serpent to infiltrate her mind, rearrange her thoughts, eventually corrupting her relationship with the Lord.
The fact that Eve ignored what God said but entertained the serpent’s words is important because God is the ultimate Authority, yet Eve gave Satan equal authority over her long enough to convince her to disobey the Lord.
Again the serpent said, “your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing Good and Evil.” If Eve and Adam knew then what they came to know after eating the apple they would not have wished to know Good and Evil.
Like some people we know, “the serpent was in the business of selling nightmares disguised as dreams.”
So the Bible says when the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband who was with her and he ate it then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realize they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and make coverings for themselves. Now we first see here that Adam and Eve know they are naked? Before, neither knew of nakedness, feelings of embarrassment, shame, hurt, anger or pain. Who needs this?
Conceivably, Satan’s most powerful tool of deception is “temptation,” causing one to become so obsessed with something or someone that they become willing to turn from the Lord to have it.
Why is it that no matter how much we have in life it never seem to be enough?
In many cases, people spend a lifetime chasing wants, while ignoring the fact that they already have everything they actually need. Needs are simple but often deviously complicated. The deviousness is rooted in the evil one’s desire to seek, kill and destroy. How many people do you know who almost killed themselves trying to accumulate worldly possessions, have relationships with people who did not want them, or only wanted them for their wealth or fame? Most adults probably know of at least know of one person like this.
Satan can easily influence those who have become weak in their faith because when this happens God is no longer the center of joy. Men, not of God but workers of Satan get into our heads, take us to places where God does not want us to go and leaves us there. The Father wants you to know that there is no place Satan can put you that is too difficult for Him to extract you from. In other words, “no matter what you have done, if you are still alive Jesus can find and save you.”
“The sins of Adam and Eve not only cursed their lives but cursed those of their descendants as well, as will ours. For this reason, we must be careful about how we live our lives and always be cognizant of behavior, acts, thoughts and words we engage in and speak.
The recipients of consequences of our sin may be our children, a spouse family member, church worker or the like; but you better believe, it will be somebody in addition to ourselves. Why? Well, because we live among others, which means what we do or what they see influences their way of life.
Perhaps, God wants us to get right with him before it’s too late? However, to do that, we must, and under the Father’s guidance begin a process of transformation. Are you ready to start?