“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, ‘Yea, hath God said, ‘Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’ And the woman said unto the serpent, ‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, ‘Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.’ And the serpent said unto the woman, ‘Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.'” Genesis 3:1-5 (KJV)
There are a lot of people making or who have already made what we call “Resolutions” for this New Year. They usually last until they make us uncomfortable, or until we lose interest; and it just becomes another day, and another year. As we look at the Scripture above there is one thing we Christians need to learn, and that is HEARING THE WORD OF THE LORD.
Evidently Eve did not hear it right or it was told to her with error, of course by Adam.
Let us ask at least one question here; Who or what is the serpent? He was a subtle creature, and the devil, Satan inhabited his body for one distinct purpose; and that was to deceive the woman Eve. The first thing Satan does it question the word of God. “Yea, has God said???” The minute, even the second the devil places doubt in our minds concerning the word of God a “Red flag” of warning should go up in our minds.
It does not help if one does not know what God said. It seems by the text that she adds to God’s original commandment. God’s commandment was,
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” 2:16-17
Thus, Eve clearly opens a door of doubt in which for Satan to enter.
In the beginning of this year of 2013; let us who are born of God through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ pray daily for hearing the word of God correctly; and by the Spirit of God live it as we truly believe it. Let us live it in our family, our play, our work place, our place of business, and at our place of worship.
-Tim A. Blankenship