While studying Genesis 3:1-6 there are several eye-opening moments that I recently had which I realize has set the stage for us as human beings that we need to be mindful of throughout our journey in life. In Genesis 1: 31 God looked at everything he created and said it was good. Then we see just two chapters later in Genesis 3 the fall of man. What happened?! How could this be!?
Who are we talking to?
The first thing I noticed in Genesis 3:1 is that Eve is talking to the shrewdest of all wild animals. It is often before our downward fall in life that we encounter and conversate with individuals that may not have had our best interest in mind. John 10:10 says the thief comes to kill steal and destroy. It is important that we evaluate who we are listening to and conversating with. We are in this world but not of this world. One of our roles is to lead people to Jesus and not allow people to lead us away from Him. As Christians, should be affecting the world not allowing the world to infect us. Here we see how easy it is for the enemy to cast doubt in our minds about God. We need to watch the conversations that we have and who we have them with. What may seem harmful, and innocent could be life altering.
Gossip and Rumors
The next thing I see is the first instance of gossip and rumors. Here we have a back-and-forth conversation about what God did and did not say. Was the serpent there when God made the announcement about the tree? Was Eve there? Because the serpent was Satan, I am sure he was lurking around listening. But Eve was not there. God had not created her yet. The serpent knew that. The conversation about the tree of knowledge of good and evil only occurred between God and Adam. The serpent and Eve both were discussing secondhand information.
Genesis 2:15-17 says “The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”
Apparently, Adam did discuss this information with his wife. Clearly, she had a misunderstanding because she told the serpent in Genesis 3:2 that God said you must not eat nor touch the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden or you will die. God did not say that Adam could not touch the fruit. He only said not to eat it. One thing I have learned from reading God’s Word, He is very meticulous, and we must not add to or take away from what He says. When we take God’s word rearrange it and put our own spin on it, this often leads to our downfall in life.
One story that comes to mind is in Genesis 19:15-26, when the angel instructed Lot and his family not to look back, his wife looked back and turned into a pilar of salt. We do not always know the reasons why, but when God instructs us to do something, we must be obedient.
When we are conversating with others, we must ensure that we understand clearly what is communicated to us. The wrong understanding can lead to destruction not just of our lives but the lives of others as well. When conversating with others, the question becomes, should I be discussing this? If so, am I discussing this with the right person?
As we continue to verse 5 of Genesis 3, we see that the enemy has convinced Eve to take a chance, even if it takes her life. With just a few words satan will have us in a situation that we will later regret. In verse 6 she begins to walk by sight as she looks at how beautiful the tree is, and her fleshly desires begin to kick in. In this moment, I think about how so many times I wanted something so bad and thought about “IT” repeatedly. “IT” can be a person, place or thing. I even stressed about “IT”, went into debt trying to get “IT”. This still voice was telling me that “IT’S” not worth it, and you don’t need “IT”, but I was not listening. Then after doing whatever I could to get “IT” I realized that “IT” simply was not worth the struggles I had encountered. I lost time with God, family and friends. I created a financial dilemma and my health deteriorated because of “IT” and the effects became long term and all because I just had to have “IT”, but not really.
Being Like God
Then Eve thought by eating the fruit she would be just as wise as God. What we often forget is that God created the tree. God created the serpent, Adam and Eve. How did any of them think they would ever be as wise as God? At what point in our lives are we ever going to be wiser, smarter, and more powerful than God, the one that created us? God allows us to do things that may be wrong and often we think we have outsmarted God, because no major destruction occurred at the time we sinned, but as we continue this journey of life we discover, we were not so smart after all. As things start to unravel and unfold in our lives, we see that our sins create problems that are far reaching.
Sharing Our Sin
Then lastly we see Eve giving the fruit to her husband to eat. Now this still blows me away. Adam has been listening in on this whole conversation. He knew what God said and yet he said nothing. So often as Christians, we go silent. We know the truth, we know what the Bible says, we may even get a nudge from the Holy Spirit prompting us to say something, but nothing is said. I have often been guilty of this myself. We become more concerned with what the world will think if we speak up as opposed to being concerned with what God will think. There are times when God may want us to be silent in certain situations, but there are times when He wants us to speak up. I truly believe in this instance it would have been a good idea for Adam to speak up. I wish he would have told the truth, nudged Eve, or did something.
Another eye opener here is Eve had no problem convincing her husband to partake in this sinful action. We must be careful and not let people convince us to do something that we know is wrong. Adam was given direct instructions and chose to be disobedient.
- We need to be mindful about who we are talking to and the conversations we are having.
- We must not entertain certain conversations too long. Eve was in the garden living her best life and she thought she could handle the conversation with satan. Adam and Eve listened to satan way too long…3 sentences. Sometimes that’s all it takes for the fall. Satan is a crafty creature. Often it is in our best interest to walk away.
- We need to check our thought process. Do our thoughts align with what the Word of God says? Doubt can lead to destruction. We must walk by faith not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
- We must not add nor subtract from what the Word of God says. Eve added to what God said. She told satan that God said do not touch or eat the fruit. That was not true. God did not say that they could not touch the fruit. I am sure when Eve touched that fruit and saw that she did not die it led her to believe that God was not being honest with them and therefore she proceeded to eat the fruit. We must remember God is not a liar. Titus 1:2
- In this story, not once did Eve nor Adam take the time to consult with God before taking any actions. They had direct access. If they needed clarification all they had to do was ask. The truth…God was right there. This is the biggest lesson learned. Because of Jesus Christ, we have direct access to God. Before we find ourselves in a life altering entanglement, we need to consult with God. Philippians 4:6 says pray about everything. If Adam and Eve had simply reached out to God, we would all be in paradise right now.
Living in this world I know personally that it can be very difficult to always do what God asks us to do. Thankfully we have God’s grace and mercy through Jesus Christ. But prayer, reading and learning the Word of God continuously can steer us away from so many problems. How comforting is Psalm 1: 1-3.
Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do.
We must ask ourselves, are we seeking the truth and nothing but the truth?
To God be the Glory!