“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it”
Six little words that changed history – “She took some and ate it.”
Temptation was converted into action in a way that could never be reversed or undone. In the space of a few seconds God’s specific command had been broken – and sin was let loose into the world. As Shakespeare wrote about another occasion,
‘O! What a fall was there, my countrymen;
Then I, and you, and all of us fell down’
In acting as they did Adam and Eve denied God in three terrible ways.
They denied God’s truthfulness. God had said, “When you eat of it you will surely die” (2:17). However the devil had said “you will not surely die” (3:4) – and they believed the devil. The consequence of their act was that they died spiritually and began to die physically as well. And the devil is still whispering into the minds of men and women his denials of God’s judgement and the awful reality of hell for those who refuse to repent.
They also denied God’s goodness. The devil insinuated that God was keeping something good from them when he said that after eating the fruit ‘your eyes will be opened.” (3:5) The implication was that God was impoverishing them through His command instead of protecting them. Their action showed that Adam and Eve believed the devil, and moved away from the presence and protection of God.
They denied also the holiness of God – and that as their Creator they were totally dependent upon Him. The devil told them that ‘you will be like God’ (3:5). They forgot that they were already ‘like God’ in every way that God had intended when He made them in His image. Now it was suggested that they could be independent just as God is and offered the opportunity to be totally self-reliant. It was the final rejection, saying ‘we do not need You or Your directives.’ Then they discovered their terrible nakedness and vulnerability.
The devil is still at work today whispering that ‘the commands of God can be safely ignored as there is no judgement and no condemnation;’ making the things that God finds offensive to be desirable and reasonable, and telling men and women that they do not need, and can be independent of, God.
Whom do I believe – God or ‘the world, the flesh and the devil?’
I will believe God, I will trust Him and I will worship Him in all I think and say and do.
Holy Spirit of God please guide me into, and keep me in, all that is true of God and from God – and enable me to discern what is false. Amen.