Picking up where we left off … Back in the Garden, the enemy is plotting to spoil God’s Creation. The Lord, of course, knows he’s there because even the enemy is a created being. An angel so impressed with himself – his own beauty, intelligence, power, and position – that he wanted all the glory and honor to go with it. That is, he had enough self-pride to believe he deserved to be God.
Cast from Heaven due to his arrogance, he lost his identity as a Morning Star, and became the Adversary – the enemy who seeks his revenge by distorting God’s created order.
Adam and Eve, however, are unaware of his presence.
So one day, the two of them are strolling through Paradise when they encounter the crafty serpent, who strikes up a conversation with Eve. The enemy knows that the primacy of her emotions will make her an easier target than Adam.
He said to the woman, “Did God really say,
‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
As it turns out, he is right about her. Eve is an easy mark. She replies that God said they can eat the fruit of any tree except the one in the middle of the Garden. She goes further and says that if they even touch the tree, they will die, which God did not say. The serpent clearly has her attention.
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.
“For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened,
and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Eve’s emotions kick into overdrive.
She gets more than a little anxious about the perceived quality of the life she’s living.
- She begins to doubt the goodness of God and his provision.
- And rather than following her husband as her authority,
- she gives her attention to the serpent instead.
The evidence is right there in front of her, and she reasons. “The fruit of the tree does look good. Really good.
- Could it be God is holding out on us?
- What if that stuff the Lord told Adam about that delicious-looking fruit isn’t actually true?
- Is God denying us good things?
- Is He refusing to make us fully aware of all that we might become?
- Is He refusing us all we could enjoy … all that we deserve?
- Life seems great. That’s true. But what if we could have more?
- What if we could be more?
- What if we could be like God?
- Why do you think the Serpent approached Eve instead of Adam?
- What kept Adam from speaking up?
- What sin(s) did each of them commit?
- How do you see this scenario playing out in marriages today?