Today’s reading: Genesis 1-3
Today’s reflection: Genesis 3:6
Genesis 3:6 – 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, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
What is this text saying?
The culmination of the serpent’s temptation of Eve was her ‘seeing’ things that in fact were not. The tree was NOT good for food, because God had already said it wasn’t to be eaten. It was NOT a delight to the eyes nor was it something to bring about wisdom, because God had already said eating of it’s fruit would bring about death. The statements of the serpent and God contradicted each other. Ultimately Eve chose to believe, and follow, what the serpent said. Adam, knowing full well the serpent had lied and understanding what his wife had done, still made the choice to disobey God’s instructions.
Why is it important?
This text is one of the most significant and quoted texts in scripture as it marks the entrance of sin and the consequences of sin into our world. The characteristics of sin’s appeal to mankind remain the same for us now as they were in the Garden of Eden (1 John 2:16):
- The lust of the flesh: When we let our natural human desires control us instead of submitting to the leading of the Holy Spirit to keep our desires under control.
- The lust of the eyes: When we see, covet, and pursue things that are not intended for us.
- The pride of life: When our belief in the power of our human ability challenges God’s authority in our lives.
How can I apply this?
Know that any influence that contradicts the word of God, no matter how minor or innocent it may appear, is a deception designed to lead you to your destruction. Also know that sin begins in the mind—before Eve ate the fruit she ‘saw’ and accepted the deception in her thoughts.
We must fortify ourselves with God’s word. It is crucial that we study the Bible faithfully so we can know and understand God’s instructions for ourselves. Study of God’s word also helps us build fellowship with God. and with each other. We also have to keep watch over our thought lives. As believers we are called to “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Lastly, remember it was Eve who handed the fruit to Adam. Having relationships with others based on mutual trust is important, but no one is perfect. We can’t assume that everything we receive from family, friends, or even church leaders is going to be good and correct. In addition to studying the word for ourselves we are instructed to “test everything” and “hold fast what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21).