Genesis 3:1-8: The pattern of temptation
“Now the snake was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden”?’ 2 The woman said to the snake, ‘We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, “You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.”’ 4 ‘You will not certainly die,’ the snake said to the woman. 5 ‘For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ 6 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. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realised that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” NIV UK
‘’When the woman saw…’’ (6).
That was the top of the slippery slope. She experienced what John calls: ‘’the lust of’’ the ‘’eyes’’ (1 John 2:16).
‘’When the woman saw…she took some and ate it.’’
But it didn’t stop there: ‘’She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.’’ He should have known better. But there’s a warning here: we can quickly involve others in our sinning.
In spite of clearly knowing God’s command (2, 3), when this fish spotted the juicy morsel dangling on the end of the line, she was quickly hooked.
A children’s chorus says, ‘Be careful little eyes what you see.’ There is such wisdom in that little song. If we are honest with ourselves, we know that regularly temptation gets onto the premises of our lives by means of the eye-gate. Yet we often allow ourselves to be vulnerable because we like what we see and we want to look. Then we decide to linger in our looking, and before we know it we’re whooshing down the icy ski slope and we don’t know how to stop.
‘They order of temptation is always the same: the tempter without, and within the strong desire for sensual gratification, with the secret hope that somehow the consequences may be avoided. The eye inflames passion; passion masters the resistance of the will; the body obeys its impulse; the act of gratification is followed immediately by remorse and guilt. Then we need the second Adam!’F.B. Meyer: ‘Devotional Commentary’, p.16.
PRAYER: Lord please help me to nip sin in the bud. Thank you too that ‘a second Adam to the fight and to the rescue came.’’ I can place no hope in myself; my trust is in Jesus.