Genesis 3: 6-13 NIV

“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.

7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”

10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me–she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”


13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Commentary:

Something that isn’t generally discussed or acknowledged is Adam’s presence during this discourse Eve had with the serpent:

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.” [emphasis is mine].

He was with her….but said not one word during the exchange! God originally gave this instruction to him, so he knew long before Eve was created that it was forbidden to even touch the fruit of this tree. Yet…he remained silent….did not try to prevent her from taking any fruit nor did he even attempt to refuse the fruit when she offered it to him.

Now there is a lovely view that many have on this: that he loved her so much that the thought of being separated from her through this sin was unbearable, so he accepted it “and he ate it.”

All well and good, I suppose, and a nice endearing thought even. But check out what he says in verse 12 when God questions him:

12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me–she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

Hummmm..bad enough that he blames her for his actions….but also implies that it was God’s fault as well! And then the last part of that statement> “she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”  Almost as if he were trying to say she forced him to!

Oh how quickly man descended into sin:

First they ate the fruit; then when the eating of it ‘opens their eyes’, and they realize they are naked, they try to hide their nakedness…and then try to hide from God when they hear him in the garden, looking for them (as if he didn’t already know where they were, or what they had done).

Then when God asks Eve what she had done, she follows Adam’s lead:

13….The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Here is the first documented case of ‘passing the buck”! Each of them blames someone or something else for their actions. I’m still amazed at the cheek of Adam to imply that God was somehow to blame!

This is how easy it is for satan to manipulate and decieve man into sin. And it doesn’t take much, either! Just a few words, twisted, distorted and misdirected….and temptation set in. He got Eve to thinking about being ‘like God’, thinking it would be a ‘good thing’, and in the back of her mind, no doubt whispering that God had ‘lied’ and was keeping things from her. Adam, too, of course, was subject to this mind game since he was present during the entire incident. He witnessed all that was said and done and not once did he remind her of God’s command, neither did he try to restrain her from picking any fruit, nor did he refuse to take it when it was offered.

It’s a prime example of the area of battle satan utilizes: Our Minds.

In Ephesians 6: 10-18 , St Paul instructs us to put on the armor of God:

10.Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

11.Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

12.For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

13.Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

14.Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,

15.and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

16.In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

17.Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

We should apply the armor everyday, to guard our bodies, minds and spirits against anything the evil one tries to throw at us.

1 Cor 10:13 (NIV)
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

God is there to help! And always will be; He knows us better than we know ourselves. The more we read and meditate on His Word, the stronger we become in Him.

Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

As believers, we are no longer ‘of this world’, and Paul instructs us not to conform to this world by the renewal of the mind through prayer, and meditation on God’s word, and seeking His will for our lives. In Philippians 4:6-9 , he goes further:

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

2 Cor 10:3-5 (NRS)
3 Indeed, we live as human beings, but we do not wage war according to human standards; 
4 for the weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but they have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments
5 and every proud obstacle raised up against the knowledge of God,  and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.

We are in a spiritual war. Satan tries to hide this from us, decieving us with little whispers constantly in the backs of our minds. We must ‘take every thought captive to obey Christ’ in our efforts to defeat satan’s attempts to lure us away from God. That is his ultimate goal: to destroy mankind, and the best avenue for that is through our minds.

When we become aware of wrong thinking, we need to cast them down, push them out of our minds and set our thoughts on positive, Godly thinking. For if satan rules your mind, he will rule your life. And if he rules your life, the end result is death and eternal seperation from God.

2 Cor 4:16-17 (NIV)

This is the reason we never lose heart. The outward man does indeed suffer wear and tear, but every day the inward man receives fresh strength. These little troubles (which are really so transitory) are winning for us a permanent, glorious and solid reward out of all proportion to our pain.

God is there…always there…to strengthen us, sustain us in our walk with Him. We must keep the faith, stand strong in our armor he has provided to recieve that permanent, glorious, solid and out of all proportion reward!

THAT’S a promise…and God always, always keeps his promises!

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