Published on February 24, 2014
Notice how clever the serpent is. First, he begins his conversation with Eve by asking a question with two desired outcomes: 1. verify Eve’s knowledge of God’s law and 2. To make a subtle twist to God’s directions. “Did God say you shall not eat of ANY tree. . .” The serpent then adds an additional twist, or temptation, to the conversation by asking her in essence, don’t you want to be like God? Her pride rises up, sure I do, then prove it by eating the fruit. He then required proof of her desire to be Godlike by requiring action on her part.
God’s Word Came First He has now opened the door to further discussion and Eve then continues the discussion in her attempt to correct, what she thinks, is the serpents misunderstanding. This passage is a perfect example of temptation. Sin can’t be blamed on the environment, on your parents, or anyone else, sin is your personal decision to rebel against God’s law. Therefore you, and you alone, are responsible for the sin that you have chosen to commit (Psalm 51:4). Genesis 1-2 records what God said about eating of the fruit found in the garden. Now in chapter 3 we see how the devil uses pride to achieve his goal of the destruction of souls (Rev. 20:2).
The word of the Lord brought life and order into the world. God spoke and something or someone was created. The word of the serpent instituted, not life and order, but death and destruction. Truth and order came before death and destruction. God’s word, God’s truth, came before Satan’s creation and lies. God instructed Adam not to eat of the tree of knowledge (Gen. 2:17). Chapter 3:3 indicates that Eve also knew of God’s law concerning the tree, otherwise she wouldn’t have been unable to quote God’s directions. Knowledge and understanding of God’s word gives us clear instructions on how we are to live out and live in His word.
In contrast to Satan, Christ gained victory over Satan by His clear-cut knowledge of God’s Word and His willingness to follow it to the letter (Matt. 4:4, 7, 10). Jesus “in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:6-8)
In any event, Adam and Eve knew what God had told them. When Adam, Eve and the serpent were together, The three of them chose to turn their backs on God’s commandments, They knew what they were doing was wrong, They knew it was a serious matter and they went ahead and did it anyway. They had committed the first mortal sins which took away eternal life and brought death into an otherwise perfect and eternal world.
Excerpts from the Catholic Lectionary. 2009. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.
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