We left off with Adam and Eve enjoying a closeness with God in His beautiful creation. Wouldn’t that have been something? To walk and talk with God in Eden? Just perfect communion with God in the most amazingly beautiful garden ever. Sigh.
Eve’s grass on couldn’t have been greener! And yet…
The enemy was just around the corner, waiting. With Eve, he appeared as a serpent. Ew. I really hate serpents and snakes and slithering things. “Snakes, why does it always have to be snakes?” I agree, Indy.
First, the serpent twists the situation and reminds her of God’s one restriction…but in a twisty, unfair, and sneaky, lying sort of way. “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” (Gen 3:1) No, that’s not really what God said, and here we have Eve’s first mistake. She hung around to discuss the difference. Run, Eve, run! If we know what the choice should be, don’t hang out to discuss the other possibilities, run to the Lord and ask him for help (God’s Word is full of truth and wisdom.)
Next up, the serpent turns to persuasion. “You will not certainly die” (Gen 3:4) When you know the right choice, stand firm in it. Be strong! As the Veggie Tale song says, “God’s way is the best way” so don’t let yourself be convinced otherwise!
The enemy then goes for the jugular, Eve’s pride. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Gen 3:5) Gulp. How often does our pride get us into trouble? And when presented with an important decision, do we seek out Godly counsel or think we can make the choice ourselves?
Things that seem too good to be true need careful and prayerful consideration. What if Eve had really stopped to think about what the serpent was suggesting, and sought out her God…but that’s not what happens with pride, is it? I don’t need help, I can figure out it out on my own. I know best. Ha, yeah right! Some decisions can be made spur of the moment (do I need more cream in my coffee? yes!) while others should be prayed about (should I get married and to whom?)
No matter what our situation may be, we are given choices everyday. Life is filled with them! And even in an ideal setting and perfect situation, you’re going to face a choice. Eve did. And, not only did it destroy her perfect paradise, it created a separation in the closeness she shared with God, and had far reaching consequences we still deal with today.
Yes, Eve took the fruit and ate it. Yes she gave it to her husband, just remember, he ate it (note it says he “was with her and ate it” Gen 3:6, not “she forced it down his throat.”) Both husband and wife chose poorly. Now, innocence is gone and sin enters. Ugh. On that note, I need more coffee. But take heart, Eve’s story DOES NOT END HERE!