Living by the Word of God-Genesis 3:1-7

Genesis 3:1-7 “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’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'” 4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. 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 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. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”
Genesi 3:1-7 “Il serpente era il più astuto di tutti gli animali dei campi che Dio il Signore aveva fatti. Esso disse alla donna: «Come! Dio vi ha detto di non mangiare da nessun albero del giardino?» 2 La donna rispose al serpente: «Del frutto degli alberi del giardino ne possiamo mangiare; 3 ma del frutto dell’albero che è in mezzo al giardino Dio ha detto: “Non ne mangiate e non lo toccate, altrimenti morirete”». 4 Il serpente disse alla donna: «No, non morirete affatto; 5 ma Dio sa che nel giorno che ne mangerete, i vostri occhi si apriranno e sarete come Dio, avendo la conoscenza del bene e del male 6 La donna osservò che l’albero era buono per nutrirsi, che era bello da vedere e che l’albero era desiderabile per acquistare conoscenza; prese del frutto, ne mangiò e ne diede anche a suo marito, che era con lei, ed egli ne mangiò.»
 
     Today’s reading is a familiar historical account of the fall of man. It is also a great lesson in temptation. Yet it should be noted that God’s laws were established before the serpent was allowed to spread his lies. Reading through these verses, it becomes apparent that the failure of the first humans can’t be blamed on anyone other than themselves. It wasn’t the environment or the serpent. James reminds us of the progression from temptation to sin: “but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” (James 1:14-15).
     The craftiness of Satan can be seen in his disguise as a serpent. God said that one of man’s responsibility in creation was to “rule” (have dominion) over fish, birds, and every creature that moved on the ground (Genesis 1:28). Adam and Eve’s first mistake was a failure to exercise dominion over the situation. Temptation comes to us in many forms and our victory or failure hinges on our decision to exercise dominion over Satan and recognize his deception. The first couple allowed the devil to dominate the conversation, provide subtle and persuasive arguments and, in reality, exercised dominion over them!
     By listening to his cunning questions, Eve takes the bait and distorts God’s command (verse 3). The rest was easy as the devil blatantly lies and Adam and Eve believe it. The sly schemes of the enemy have never changed. The great lesson of victory over temptation is to never give place to the devil. Ephesians 4:27 commands, “do not give the devil a foothold”. In other words, don’t let the devil “have dominion”! In the temptation of Jesus referred to in the Gospels, Jesus never let the devil exercise control. In living by the Word of God, He controlled every situation.
Pray with me: Lord, I know that temptation confronts me and desires to exercise dominion over me. Help me to obey God’s commands and declare by Your Word dominion over the devil and his schemes.


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