From the very beginning, humans, most blessed of all God’s creatures, had the audacity to question God.
You remember the story: Satan is tempting Eve. Could he possibly have approached Eve because God gave Adam the instructions of what to eat and what not to eat without Eve present (Genesis 2:15-17)? In fact, she hadn’t even been created yet when the prohibition was first given so it is likely that Eve may have gotten the word only through Adam. In which case Adam had a grave responsibility to Eve to tell her and to tell it to her straight.
1Now 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. Genesis 3:1-4
Not touching the fruit was not a part of the original prohibition. Was that Eve’s embellishment or was it the way she learned it from Adam? However the words were added we can see that very early in the history of mankind, the word of God was changed through human transmission. For whatever reason, perhaps Satan’s promise that if she ate the fruit she would be like God knowing good and evil, Eve believed the lie of Satan and ate the forbidden fruit. Ever after earthly life has unfolded in a fallen state. That was Satan’s plan and he succeeded. If we are to thwart him, we must know the Word, both the written and the living. We must hold onto it, in its minutest detail because, as John Piper so aptly says, “Satan hates us.” (fast-forward to minute 2 if you only have a little time)
Tomorrow I will share some examples from my life of how Satan’s been able to deceive by twisting the words. Please come back.
Loving you who stop by here,