The moral innocence described in Genesis 2:25 was soon to be lost as a result of sin. In Genesis 3, everything changes.
In these verses we see that Satan isn’t dumb. He knows what to say, how to say it, and how to manipulate God’s words in order to cause us to reason God’s commands away. We see the beginning of sin, shame, guilt, fear, and running from the Lord.
Although we see God’s grace and mercy in covering their shame, a foreshadowing of Christ, we do see the horrible effects of sin, and how much we need to protect our hearts and stay near to God.
2 Corinthians 2:11 mentions not being unaware of Satan’s schemes.
By being aware of how temptation works we can be prepared to fight sin and temptation in a practical way in our daily lives. Our passage shows us 3 aspects of temptation: 1.Lust of the flesh 2.Lust of the eyes and 3. Boast of man.
Genesis 3:6 says, “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…”
These same 3 are mentioned in 1 John 2:16,
“For everything in the world-the cravings of the sinful man, the lust of the eyes, and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world.”
This is how Jesus was tempted in Luke 4:3,5,9; the cravings of the flesh (Jesus was hungry), the lust of the eyes (Jesus was SHOWN what could be His), & the boasting of man (Jesus was tempted to prove that He was the Son of God).
Here’s a question for today:
If these are the main avenues that Satan takes to tempt us to sin, how will we choose not to submit to these? How did Jesus fight them?
By: Sam Cirrincione