Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Oh Eve, What Have You Done?

                Genesis is the first book of the Bible. It begins with God (Genesis 1:1) and starts us on a journey through the history of the earth, and through the history of all mankind. I started my One Year Chronological Study through the Bible this morning, and have been very blessed by the Word of the Lord. There are many things that jumped out at me this morning, having read Genesis many times before, I am still amazed at how God’s Word is everlasting and living, and no matter how many times we read it, He will always reveal Himself to us through it. He is good about that!
                As I was reading through Genesis chapter 1-4, I found myself pondering on the fall. God had created this amazing earth we live in, He had created us in His image, placed man in a home (Garden of Eden) and gave them purpose (tend the Garden). But something happened; Sin found its way into the Garden of Eden, its only purpose was to disrupt the plan of God. Sin was hanging out in the garden just waiting for an opportunity to get to Adam and Eve. Sin never wants us to be close to God, it wants to control us and take from us the purpose and the place we have been given by our Creator God. God tells Cain in chapter four that “sin lies at the door and its desire is for you,” (Genesis 4:6)
                Eve is out walking in the garden, her and her husband, and they are enjoying the fellowship of God and all He has created for them. As they are out walking, they are met by sin. Isn’t that the case with us as well, we are going about our day, enjoying God and all He has done for us, we are enjoying our relationship with Him and lo and behold, Sin is waiting for us. Sin in the garden was in the form of a serpent, and he says to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1)
                First, we see that Sin is waiting for us; it is waiting to trip us up, to make us doubt our Creator. We know this because of how the serpent speaks to Eve, “Has God indeed said,” planting a seed of doubt immediately into our minds. Sin begins in our thoughts. It comes in the form of doubt. We question God and His word to us. We ponder on the thought until it takes root. If we do not know and understand the word of God fully, sin will have its way over us. Take note of what Eve says in reply to the serpent.
                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’.” Genesis 3:2-3
                God did not say that exactly. God told them that they could eat of every tree of the garden, except the one in the midst, the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Eve says that God said they couldn’t even touch it. Why would she say this? Because the seed of doubt had already been planted, and Eve was concerned that God was holding out on her. The serpent picks up on this and keeps going. Sin, when given even a little leeway in our minds, will barge in and do whatever it can to tear us down and get us to go against God’s commandments. And that is exactly what the serpent does next. He sees the seed of doubt beginning to grow in Eve’s mind, so he adds fuel to the fire by saying, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)  
                There goes the thought process of Eve. She has allowed the serpent to plant the seed of doubt in her mind. She has allowed the fruit of sin to take root in her mind. Sin always begins in our minds. It begins as a thought and then we begin to doubt God and His word to us. Sin will always try to convince you that it is for your good, or that God would want this for you, or that God is holding out on you. Sin will always try to convince you that you will be better for it if you just do it. That is what happened to Eve. She allowed the doubt to be planted, she allowed the seed to be watered, and now, the fruit of the thoughts of her mind have taken root and they have grown.
                “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate.” Genesis 3:6
                Eve saw that the tree was good for food, she began to rationalize in her mind that what she was seeing was good for her. The sin that was before her was not all that bad, and as she stood there and pondered on it, it became more desirable. Sin will do that to us. It will begin with a simple thought, and then the next thing we know we are trying to rationalize the good it will do for us.
                Sin will find its way into your mind, there is no getting away from it. But we must recognize it for what it is, sin, and trust God and His word. Eve saw the tree was good, she began to rationalize in her mind the thought of sin, then she saw that it was pleasant, so she begins to justify herself in taking of the fruit of the tree, then she sees that the tree is desirable to make one wise. As she begins rationalizing and justifying herself, sin has taken hold. Before she knows it, she has justified the decision she has made to go against God and His word to her and to her husband.
                Sin will find a way to come into your thoughts, and if we allow it, it will begin to take root and to grow and then before we know it, we will have justified our actions and walked away from the promises of God. Sin will never be good for us. It will always seek to deceive us and draw us away from God. We can be ready for this to happen, but we must know God’s word for ourselves. Eve knew that it was wrong; she knew that God did not want her eating of the tree, but the desire to sin was greater than her desire to trust God. Sin will always try to tell us that God is holding out on us, that God does not love us; it may even try to convince you that God does not exist. But sin is sin, there is no difference to the degree of sin, sin goes against God and will always bring you to a place of heartbreak and hurt.
                The bible tells us that we are not unwise to the devices of the devil; we see his tactics clearly in the book of Genesis, in the beginning. God also tells us that He gives us a way out of our temptations, a way out of sin, and that is through Jesus Christ. Eve could have walked away the moment the serpent spoke to her, but the seed was planted and doubt took root in her heart. Sin only needs a little bit of ground to take over your heart. Just like a weed in our gardens, a little bit of dirt can cause great damage. But we have been given a powerful weapon to help us stand in the face of sin as it tries to find a way in, and that weapon is the word of God.
                We have been given the most powerful sword of all, and we must know it, use it and apply it if we have any hope of standing in the midst of the gardens of our lives and withstanding the wiles of the devil. I pray that this New Year will be a year of drawing closer to God, understanding His word and daily applying it to your life, so that sin may no longer cause you to fall away from God. In Jesus we have victory and sin has been defeated, put your trust in Him. Amen and Amen.