Genesis 3:1-5 – “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'” 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” NKJV
The serpent’s challenge to whether Adam & Eve would die is often viewed by detractors as proof that the Bible is false for they argue Adam & Eve ‘did not die’ after eating from the forbidden tree. Was he right or was he wrong? In some measures both but ultimately wrong! Let me explain what I mean.
I believe that in the Garden Adam & Eve would have lived forever in their natural state had they not ‘sinned’. Sin brought death to the human race both physically and spiritually and although they did not die immediately physically the process began but spiritually death was immediate. They lost their innocence, learned fear and shame, and their fellowship with God was immediately altered. In a very real sense THEY DIED upon disobeying and in their actions they, by an act of rebellion, shifted the center of their universe from God to self and in so doing came under the domain of darkness or the ‘god of this world’. It was a failed attempt of the devil to overthrow God and failed as miserably as his first attempt that got him thrown out of heaven.
Obedience, confidence, and trust were the issues and they failed on all points. The serpent appealed to their egos as he apparently managed to do with one-third of the angelic creation and once the lust for immortality and becoming a little god was birthed destruction was imminent. There was nothing magical in the fruit of the tree, in my view and could have been an instruction not to cross a particular stream at a particular place. Its purpose was for testing obedience and once they allowed self to move to the center then their eyes were opened to evil and that always tends to blind or block out good if nurtured. It is not that evil is more powerful than good but it appeals to the flesh so powerfully that the mind seeks it out, justifies it, reconciles it, and adopts it calling it good.
Thorough the years I have person after person tell me all the things the devil had been saying to them that were causing them problems and bringing temptation. My question has always been the same, “Why are you listening to him?” The Bible says he is a LIAR and the truth is not in him. The Bible says that he is a DECEIVER and comes as an angel of light. The Bible identifies him as opposite of everything good so why would you spend any time listening to him? Why would you listen to his false promises? WHY? Instead go to the source of Life and read His words allowing them to feed your soul, build up your spiritual immune system, and equip you for dealing with the diabolical deeds of darkness.
The devil always presents an element of truth wrapped in his lie so that he can trip you up. Reject anything and everything he says, impresses upon you or brings into your path. Jesus said, “My sheep know my voice and follow Me.” Learn His voice!
May God be with you as you go through your day!