The First Temptation and Disobedience: Lessons from the Beginning

Today, we walk with Eve in the garden of Eden in the cool of the day. There are so many wonderful sights to see! It’s God’s creation in its freshest, unsullied form! Unfortunately, the enemy of God (the serpent, Satan, the tempter), has set camp in that tree whose fruit God has forbidden Adam and Eve not to eat. But, oh, Eve was curiously drawn to it.

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So, she draws near, her eyes never leaving the object of her growing desire. And the serpent fires his first flaming arrow, hitting his target right where he intended it.

Eve drew near to the tree which God had forbidden.

She listened to the serpent.

She believed him.

She acted on this belief.

She shared the act with Adam.

How easily Eve had believed the serpent’s lie over that of God’s truth! She knew God’s words, “You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die” (Gen. 3:2, emphasis mine). And yet, she exchanged that for a lie.

The serpent lied through his teeth, but Adam and Eve didn’t see through him. The father of lies! Deceiver!

And from that day on, he has been tempting and lying and deceiving multitudes. All of humanity wasn’t spared by his lies and deception.

Don’t we do that, too? Tempted to listen to and believe his lies even though we know God’s truth? We are drawn. We listen. We believe. We act on it. To our destruction. Oh, but my fellow Christ-followers – we should know better! Let’s not train our eyes to what is forbidden nor listen to the enemy’s lies.

If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. (Mat. 5:29)

The Lord Jesus Christ is not joking. He is dead serious. Our salvation is of utmost importance to Him.

After committing disobedience, the first thing that came to Adam and Eve was —- shame. They saw their nakedness as something bad, something that they should be ashamed of. So, they hid. They hid from God, not really because they were naked, but because they were ashamed that their act of disobedience would be exposed.

Sin brings shame.

I know this too well. But even on the same day that sin and death entered into the world, God had the master plan for salvation.

And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel. (Gen. 3:15)

I learned from Genesis 3 and from experience that disobedience to God has its consequences.

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