Read: Genesis 3, 4, 5; Luke 1
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LordGod had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” (Gen. 3:1 ESV)
Temptation. Paul tells us that every temptation we face is “common to man,” or put another way we all face the same things. Perhaps we can learn something from this first temptation or test of faith that will help us overcome our fall into sin because the LORD is faithful to provide “the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Cor. 10:13).
Often when we face temptation we think of it as an attack against us, but a closer look at this first human battle with temptation shows us that the devil’s scheme opposes God more than it does you or me.
Notice what the serpent first says to Eve, “Did God actually say?” This is an affront to the character of the LORD causing one to question God’s faithfulness; will God be true to His word?
Do we see how the devil’s challenge to the character of God impacts you and me. Look how Eve responded; she confuses or distorts what the LORD said telling the serpent, “God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die’”(v. 3). However, the LORD actually made no prohibition against touching the tree, remember Adam and Eve were to care for the garden. The LORD only forbid them from eating the fruit of this tree.
What happens next? The serpent again challenges the character of God and the faithfulness of His word saying “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (vv. 4-5). Satan is accusing God of holding out on Adam and Eve. it is a slap in the face of the LORD alleging that God has not been truthful. It is as though the serpent says, “You think God has given you so much letting you eat from all the other trees in the garden, but actually God is keeping the best for Himself because if He knows if you eat it then you would be just like Him.”
And so we know the rest of the story. She believed the lie and took for herself what she thought God would not provide. Eve picked the fruit from the tree and ate giving some to Adam who was right there with her.
By the way, that was the LORD’s faithful way of escape. Adam could have defended the character of the LORD and reliability of God’s word by correcting Eve’s misunderstanding and correctly answering the serpent, but unfortunately he was there silently questioning God’s faithfulness as well.
Temptation can be difficult, but I need to remember when these tests of faith come it is not all about me. In some way every temptation I face causes me to doubt or question the truth of God’s Word and the faithfulness of the LORD to provide for me. When tempted I need to call to mind Who my LORD is and not let the devil cause me to lose faith in God.
Yes to Yield
LORD Jesus, I thank you for your faithfulness. Forgive me for questioning your character and bountiful provision for me as Adam and Eve did in the garden. Holy Spirit give me wisdom to see through the facade of the devil’s lies when he tempts me to wander away from the path you have prepared for me. Jesus, You have shown me how to overcome temptation through the Word of God. Help me to not doubt your Word, but to use it as a weapon against the enemy defending You my faithful God and not stumbling into sin again.