Now the serpent 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’?
How many times have we heard similar words, either in our minds or spoken to us by a “crafty” person whose desire is to lead us into temptation? Often times it is our own flesh speaking to us to step outside the will of God to succumb to temptation.
The first prayer I learned as a child taught me to ask God to forgive me of my sins and to lead me not into temptation and to deliver me from evil. Mat 6:12-13 Charles Spurgeon writes, “soon after receiving forgiveness, the repentant soul is tempted by the devil because Satan cannot bear to lose his subjects.”
It is important to note that God cannot and will not tempt us, however, He may allow us to be tempted so that our obedience can be tested.
The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 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.’” Gen 3:2-3. We often know the “right” thing to do, but how easily are we led astray?
“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.” Gen 3:4
Sometimes we may think God is withholding something good from us or we become impatient waiting for God to deliver on His promises. There are plenty of enticing temptations that lead us to ask, “Did God Really Say.”
Did God really say we should wait until we are married before entering into intimacy with someone we’re attracted to? Did God really say He has a perfect plan for our lives? There are so many ways we can ask that question; just think about how those words have tumbled through our mind over the years.
The Bible has plenty of examples of how those words were interpreted and the consequences that came as a result of disobeying God. The story of Abraham and Sarah in the book of Genesis is a good place to start if you want to see how God’s plan and man’s plan played out.
Many of us know first hand how our own poor decisions have had a negative impact on us and others, and have had consequences handed down to several generations. We live in a fallen world as a consequence of Adam and Eve’s choice in the Garden of Eden.
Genesis 3:6... 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.
Our Heavenly Father knows the desires of our heart and He wants only the best for us. He loves us too much to give us what we want when He knows the consequences will be harmful. God has also given us a free will to choose between good and evil. His mercies are new every morning for us to return to Him when our choices have not been wise.
“Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”