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Genesis 3:6

Lesson # Genesis 3:6
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Gen. 3:6

6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.

1 Tim. 2:14, the woman was deceived by Satan. Eve saw that the tree appealed to her earthy desires. Desires which by the way had no basis in her knowledge bank. She did not know what good and evil was. She did not understand the concept of equality with God. But these thoughts appealed to her, because Satan made them seem appealing, and that the rule forbidding the eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, seemed a bit unfair. She wanted to be wise, but she could have already been wise through doctrine. She could have asked God when next He walked in the Garden about the questions posed by the serpent. She could have been wise to the serpent and questioned the source of the serpents knowledge. But she did none of these. She did not check out the truth first before deciding. She let her emotions drive her decision, rather than common sense, or proper wisdom.

When we deviate from God, then things in this world seem desirable. Our lusts drive us to want the results of a given decision, but we close our eyes to the process, and that is when we get into trouble. And of course we blame others for our mistake. Why did she think that the tree was desirable for wisdom? It was only food, and not even a smart pill. Wisdom comes from learning, and learning comes from paying attention to the truthful teaching of God's Word. But she made a decision based on the conversation of a snake that could fly. Seems a bit illogical doesn't it?

So Eve is the first casualty of mankind in the greater angelic conflict. And it is because of her decision, not God's. God never places any of us at risk. We seem to do quite well in that area ourselves. Col. 2:3 and 1 Cor. 1:30 make it clear that Christ is the source of truth, of wisdom. And in Him is the hidden treasure of knowledge.

This world is full of philosophical theories. From the religious philosophies in many of the Asian countries, to the university of life in the day to day experiences we have, to science, to evolution, and on and on. There is always an excuse for ignoring God, for hustling through life, or sitting in the corner and humming a chant. Absence from God exposes you to your perceptions only. With the spiritual side of you shut down, you have nothing with which to chart a true course through life. And the facts you see in this world seem reasonable to you. Why not evolution? So you easily believe the lie.

Eve rejected doctrine and was deceived easily. Anyone in life who ignores doctrine is subject to being fooled. And not only fooled, but they pursue their failed course without realizing their error, until it is too late. Compare Eve's conversation with the serpent, to Mary's conversation with Gabriel the angel. Eve lacked wisdom and was fooled by an animal which was indwelled by Satan. She should have recognized the problem immediately. Mary had wisdom, and recognized all of the prophecies coming to reality in her. She further confirmed her conversation with the angel by her trip to visit Elizabeth.

Without doctrine in your soul you will make the wrong decisions. With doctrine in your soul, you will use common sense, you will ponder your options, you will get confirmation of the truth, and you will make good decisions based on sound knowledge. You will not only do this based on doctrine, but you will apply this concept to your life and make good decisions in your life, your business, and so forth. You won't let your emotions rule your decisions.

Eve saw, Eve took, and Eve ate. In every sin there is a three part process. The desire, the decision, and the action. The latter two merely follow the first. Once the desire is there, then the transgression has already occurred, Matt. 5:28, merely looking at the opposite sex with lust is a sin. You don't actually have to enter into the sexual act. You have already done that in your mind. But when you entertain in your mind various thoughts which are sinful, then probably sooner or later you will probably do the deed if convenient opportunity arises for you. This was too easy for Eve. She had merely to reach up and pick the food, which she did.

Now Eve is a sinner, and now she herself becomes the tempter. Sin compounds itself and dominoes down into the pit of misery. It seeks company and will stop at nothing to get it. Satan desired not good for man, but bad, in order to get what he wanted. He could care less about mankind. We were just another creature bound to this one planet, which God seemed to be making a big deal about, and with only one restricting rule. Seems so easy to stop man in his tracks and win the war. But Satan like all people who reject God, cannot see into the future, and therefore they cannot see their destiny, or rather they reject the destiny which God says is waiting for them. Reject a little or reject a lot, either way, only trouble awaits you in your life and in eternity.

Rom. 5:19, Through the disobedience of one man, Adam, all have sinned. Now Eve has already sinned and Adam has not yet sinned. So why do we blame Adam? Eve was fooled, and only because she did not listen to God or Adam when she was being taught doctrine. There was no rule against not listening. But you make your own trouble when you don't pay attention to the truth. Adam disobeyed willfully. Adam knew what he was doing and he ate of the tree. Actually he ate the food which Eve brought to him. He saw what she had done. He knew the repercussions of her action, and he went right off the cliff with her of his own choice.

Adam was probably a mature believer. Certainly he walked with God daily, see vs. 8, and he knew and understood all that had been taught to him. But even mature believers have their weaknesses. And it is all tied to the strength of their spiritual growth and faith. Perhaps he panicked briefly because he was losing his mate, the marriage which was designed in heaven and made on earth. This first marriage failed with respect to sustaining eternal life. The next marriage designed in heaven will be that of the Church with Christ after the rapture. And that marriage will succeed for all of eternity.

Just because you think you know a lot of doctrine, you can still stumble. Just blink away from God, and you will find yourself face down. Recovery of fellowship with God is the issue in that case. And we will cover that in the next couple of lessons in Genesis.

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