“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning,
that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”
Have you ever heard someone ask this question?
Maybe you have even asked it yourself a time or two.
A fellow blogger and I were discussing an entry which he had written and this was the subject of our conversation.
We both agreed that, yes, God did mean exactly what He said in the Scripture and that we are not to take it lightly or to question how serious He truly was about a subject.
This is exactly what led to the fall of Adam and Eve. From the beginning of time this very question has been getting us in trouble.
Let’s look at Genesis 3 and see just how the story went:
vs.1: “Now the serpent was more subtle 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?”
The first thing the devil did was plant a seed of doubt in Eve’s mind: “Did God really say…”
You see, the devil is called the father of lies for a reason. It is not a mistake that the Bible tells us that he roams around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.
From the very beginning the devil tries to get Eve to doubt. He tries to confuse her and cause her to question what she knew God had told her. How can we be sure that Eve remembered what God had said? Let us read the next verses and find out.
Vs. 2-3: “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.”
We know from these verses that Eve did not have a sudden case of amnesia. She quoted God’s words back to the devil. She remembered exactly what God had told her.
Where she messed up was this: She allowed the devil to cause her to doubt. She allowed him to plant that tiny seed of doubt in her mind: Did God really say…
The next thing that happened was just as dangerous to Eve and in the end led to death for her and Adam.
Vs. 4-5 : “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.
Eve lends the devil a listening ear for just a moment and she is deceived with a lie.
First, the devil gives Eve reason to doubt, and then when she drops her guard he feeds her a lie. The devil, however, is a sly old beast. He did not just feed her a line that he thought she might believe. No, he wrapped a lie in just enough truth as to assure its success. The devil knew that she would not just die right there on the spot. The death that God was warning against was a death of innocence, a break in the fellowship between God and His creation, and ultimately an eternal death if provisions were not made.
It worked. We know from reading the rest of the story that Eve ate the fruit from the forbidden tree, took some to Adam and he ate it as well. Their eyes were then opened and they realized what they have done.
Friends, our lives are no different from this story that was told so many years ago.
If we allow the devil to come in and plant that little seed of doubt, If we allow him to whisper in our ear, ” Did God really say…”, we are opening ourselves up to be lied to and then deceived.
We need to realize that when God says something He means it. When God gives us a commandment, it is not to keep us from having fun. It is to protect us.
God knew that as soon as Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that their eyes would be opened and they would no longer be innocent. He was trying to protect them.
God gives us His word for the same purpose.
When God’s word says, “Thou shall not…” that is exactly what it means. It does not mean maybe we can later, or maybe if you are good I will let you. It means no, not even almost, never.
I pray today that we will take the verses which God has given to us in His word, and that we will hide them in our hearts. I pray we will not allow the devil to plant that seed of doubt, and whisper that lie into our ear. I pray we will realize when God says, “No,” that it is for a reason. That reason is because He loves you and me. He wants to protect us, and to give us a home in Heaven with Him some day.