Lessons from Eden

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’?”
And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but 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.'” Gen 3:1-3

I often make the same mistakes Eve made so very long ago. Only my mistakes are fresh and do not usually cause the downfall of a species.

I am unsure if talking serpents were the norm in the Garden. She does not seem too shocked by the talkative creature.
It is a moot point anyway. It happened.

The first lesson is this, anything that challenges God is an adversary – it is not of God. “Has God indeed said” is a challenge of God’s authority and His word.

Lesson two: do not visit with temptation! What if Eve had just walked away? End of story! But she did not. She engaged the Tempter in conversation.

Lesson three: do not answer from your wisdom. Eve’s response is far different from that of Jesus in Matthew 5 when He faced the tempter.
Eve answered with her own wisdom and her own words. “We may” and “nor shall you touch it” are her words.
Jesus answered with the word of God – “It is written!”

The Tempter will visit you today, tomorrow, or next week. Learn the lesson from Eden.
Walk away reminding yourself and your temptation it is written whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5

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