“Now the snake was the most clever of all the wild animals the LORD God had made. One day the snake said to the woman, “Did God really say that you must not eat fruit from any tree in the garden?” The woman answered the snake, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden. But God told us, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden. You must not even touch it, or you will die.’” But the snake said to the woman, “You will not die. God knows that if you eat the fruit from that tree, you will learn about good and evil, and you will be like God!” The woman saw that the tree was beautiful, that its fruit was good to eat, and that it would make her wise. So, she took some of its fruit and ate it. She also gave some of the fruit to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. Then, it was as if their eyes were opened. They realized they were naked, so they sewed fig leaves together and made something to cover themselves.” -Genesis 3:1-7
Sin has been around since the beginning of time. Satan tricked Eve and Adam in the Garden of Eden into eating the fruit from the tree God told them not to. From then sin started. Because of their disobedience, we all inherited sin. Satan was and is still very clever; he knows how to put doubt in people’s minds about the word of God.
Satan mispresented God by saying he forbade them from eating from every tree. Eve said to Satan that God had told them not to touch or eat from “the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden”. God never said anything about not touching the tree. Satan also contradicted God about the inevitability of judgment on those who disobeyed, just like some people still deny the fact that hell and eternal punishment exists.
We too can fall for Satan’s tricks and sin. No one is free from temptation. Satan knows exactly what to say to put doubt in our minds about the truth of the Gospel. That doubt led to Eve and Adam's fall that has affected every human being’s relationship with God. Sin separates us from God and if we do not want to change and repent, then God will discipline us. He disciplined Adam and Eve after they sinned. His discipline for some might be letting them continue to do sinful things.
Prayer of the day:
Dear heavenly Father,
Even from the beginning of time, we have sinned against You. Satan is our enemy who wants to trick us into sinning. Please give us the power to stand firm on the truth of the Gospel. When we do, it will help us not to fall from the truth. Help us to turn to the Holy Spirit to help us recognize the lies of Satan. He can and will twist Your words to deceive us to sin. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!