“The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die!
“For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.””(NASB)(Ge 3:4-5)
Last year my wife and I set out on an adventure, we decided to explore a local highly elevated obstacle course. Upon entering the facility and filling out necessary documents, we were both given safety gear consisting of a hard hat and a harness. Just before leaving that station, we were told that the most vital safety equipment needed would be given at the next station which required instructions. Arriving at the next station, we were greeted by two guides holding in their hands steel tension cables. They began to explain that these are the very cables that support bridges and large buildings weighing tons, and will be attached to your harness to support us throughout the course. The guides added saying “do not fear, if these cables support bridges and large building structures they can and will support you”. Their closing remarks was to “treat this tension rope as our life line”, if fear prevented us from continuing, or if we were stuck at a particular obstacle. Instructions were to grab on to the steel tension line and a guide will come and assist you to either continue the course or help us descend to the ground if fear prevented us from proceeding. Falling was my fear, at the height of the obstacle course a fall would have surly ended in death at such an altitude. This tension rope supported me throughout the course as the guides explained, even if I missed a platform it would only result in me dangling from the steel tension cable attached to my harness. I could then easily recover to a platform using the tension cable or wait for assistance if needed.
Genesis 3:4 reminded me of this experience, Eve desired the fruit but feared the condition of death that was attached to eating of the tree. The serpent being more crafty than any beast of the field that God had made, removed the fear that prevented Eve from eating of the tree. Just as the obstacle course guides explained why we did not need to fear the obstacle course, trusting in the steel tension cable. This gave us renewed confidence to proceed assured we would be safe.
The serpent replied to Eve, “You surely shall not die”. Then he explained to her, the only reason God forbade it was because He knew you would be like him knowing good and evil. Misleading Eve to thinking that God does not want man to be like Him.Once Eve was convinced she would not die, she saw the fruit being desirable and ate of the tree.
“The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it.”(NLT)(Ge 3:6)
Eve was mislead by the serpent, because God did in fact want man to be like Him.
“Then God said, “Let us make human beings* in our image, to be like us.”(NLT)(Ge 1:26)
It is important to draw near to the truth of God’s word, because fear was exploited since the beginning by the crafty serpent to strategize plans against man.
“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we* are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”(NLT)(Eph 6:10–18)
Stay encouraged Brothers and Sisters, although we do not see all things subjected to us, we do see Jesus Christ. Who passed from death to life into Glory. Our Faith is in this fact in hope that we may also be Glorified as he is. We do not yet see this, but we hope. Who hopes in what is seen? with Faith we persevere into Glory.
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New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Ge 3:4–5). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.