2016-07-18 - What Would Eve Say?
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. (Genesis 3:6 ESV)
Satan used the power of suggestion. He struck up a conversation, taunted me, and made me second-guess my beliefs. I fell into the trap and for the first time, I began to doubt what God said. I believed the serpent was an authority on the garden’s trees. I naively took the snake at his word, instead of standing on what God said. I thought I was missing out on something, and that I could be like God. So I ate the banned fruit, so I could be more knowledgeable and powerful. I liked life in the garden. Having a lot of animals didn't bother me much. I just wanted something else, something different, something more. I should have been content.
My beloved Adam also bought Satan’s words and ate from the tree. It bothered me a little how Adam told God it was my fault for eating the forbidden fruit. He wasn't lying, but he didn't take responsibility for his actions. Adam blamed me, and I blamed Satan the serpent. God punished all of us.
I got something different, alright. Adam and I were banished from our home, the Garden of Eden. We were to start over, and there was no one to blame but ourselves. The Tree of Life was indeed a special tree. After eating from its fruit, we experienced embarrassment for the first time. Adam and I used leaves to cover our nakedness.
Even though we disobeyed God, He showed love to us. The Lord provided more substantial clothing for us. He had to punish us for our sin, but that didn't stop His care and compassion.
Lord, May I follow You today, and not just what my fleshly nature wants. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.