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August 18, 2015



Genesis 3:1


Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”





The pattern of temptation observable here is one Satan has used often and still uses. Satan’s first step was to plant a seed of doubt in Eve’s mind concerning God’s ways. The key phrase is “from any”. Satan focused Eve’s attention on God’s one prohibition. He suggested that God did not really want what was best for Adam and Eve but rather was withholding something from them that was essentially good. He hinted that God’s line of protection was actually a line that He drew because He was selfish. Satan still tempts women to believe that God’s role for them is primarily for His benefit rather than for their welfare.

The temptation was simple: You can be like God. You can know what he knows, and be in charge of your own life. Giving into his temptation led to our exit from the Garden, and the life of bondage that we know today. Because of the tempter, we know death, birth pain, the need to work hard on the land, war, hatred, and sin. This tempter had once been close to God in heaven.


Memory Verse: John 8:44


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