Irvin Wasswa

Tylertown Campus Pastor

Genesis 3:1-7

3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You[a] shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So 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 to be desired to make one wise,[b] she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

Our enemy the Bible says is one who is out to steal, kill, and destroy. He has been that way since the beginning of time. We see in Genesis 3 his cunning behavior at work. He was able to deceive both Adam and Eve by telling a half truth pertaining to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil the Lord strictly told them not to eat from. The serpent mentioned how they wouldn’t physically die, but would actually be able to be like God and see how He sees. He was telling a half truth. Adam and Eve would not die at that moment but their decision to eat would bring sin and death into the world and they would die one day. Though eating the fruit would open their eyes, their decision would separate them from God.

The issue with Adam and Eve was that they negotiated with the serpent, instead of holding fast to the word of the Lord, and their choice led to dire consequences. For you and I today, we must understand that the enemy is still lurking around like a roaring lion seeking to devour. The devouring begins with whispering a half-truth that seems appealing to you. Choose to resist him by holding fast to the word of the Lord and what He has said. Choose to flee from the cunning enemy by hiding the truth of God in your heart and obeying it. For the Lord is better.