Monday, February 12, 2018

Genesis 3: 1-16 (NKJV)

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. 8And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” 10So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” 11And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” 12Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” 13And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 14So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. 15And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” 16To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.”

God instructed man to eat from all trees in the Garden of Eden except “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Gen. 2:16-17). This single tree became a subject of temptation! The tempter twisted God’s clear instructions and caused the woman to doubt God’s word. The woman ate the forbidden fruit, and gave to her husband who also ate (v6). The tempter still uses similar patterns of deception today to lure people to disobey God’s word! Is there a “forbidden fruit” you are being enticed to “eat” presently? No matter how attractive it might seem, don’t eat it! Learn from Joseph and get away immediately from that enticing environment (Gen. 39:11-12). Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7).

Like many of us today, the man and the woman tried to shift the blame for their disobedience to someone else (vs.12-13). But the damage had already been done. They saw themselves as naked, were afraid, and tried to hide from God (vs. 7-11). Watch out! Anything that drives you away from the presence of God or the gathering of his children may be a sign that you have “eaten a forbidden fruit.” Repent immediately as David did (Psalm 51:1-4).

Prayer: Oh Lord, help me not to “eat any forbidden fruit” in Jesus Name, Amen.