The Fall of Man
Daily Bible Reading – Genesis 3-5; Luke 2
Today’s Key Passage – Genesis 3:1-13
Satan was once an angel, but because of his pride, he rebelled against God and was cast out of Heaven. Satan was disguised as the serpent in the Garden of Eden and his intention was to tempt Eve into disobeying God. It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking of Satan or the devil as a cartoon-ish character with the red suit and the pitchfork, but Satan is a real being and he is constantly trying to tempt all of us. In the story of the fall of man, we are able to see some of Satan’s characteristics and tactics. Immediately you will note in today’s key passage that he distorts God’s words just enough to try to bring doubt into Eve’s mind. Satan says, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” We know from our reading yesterday that God did not say that. In fact, God told Adam that he could eat from any tree he wanted except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life. Satan is twisting God’s words for his own purposes. When Eve corrects Satan’s wrong interpretation of God’s command, he then says, “You will not surely die…for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Here, Satan is trying to convince Eve that God’s command is not in her own best interest. He is tempting Eve by telling her (indirectly) that disobeying God will bring her reward instead of punishment. Eve’s mistake is that she began to focus on the things she did not have, instead of focusing on all of the good things God had given her. This thinking is what ultimately led her to succumb to temptation and eat the apple.
This is all part of Satan’s plan against us. At some point in all of our lives, we are going to be tempted by the things we do not have or by circumstances that do not go our way. It might be the new car or the new house that one of our friends gets that makes us wish we had a new car or a new house. It might be the client you really wanted to sign that decided to sign with someone else. There are literally millions of “what if’s” and “if only’s” that we can focus on in any given day. All of them will have the same root issue – these temptations will attempt to make us doubt God. They will make us think, “Why me?” or “Why not me?” This is how the enemy works. Fortunately, we have a way available to us where we can combat these temptations. Instead of focusing on what we do not have, we can focus on what we do have. When we focus on the many gifts God HAS given us, we become less inclined to sin. When we read His Word and pray, we become less inclined to focus on the temporal things of this world. When we rely on God for our strength in overcoming temptation, He will provide us with all the strength that we need.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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Posted on January 2, 2015, in 01 - Genesis and tagged Bible, Blessings, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, Jesus, Questioning God, Religion, Sin, Temptation. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.