In Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 states what any student of history already knows...there is nothing new under the sun. We like to imagine that things were so much better, so much less evil, back in the "good ol' days." Sadly, no time in history seems to have mastered peace and harmony. And Satan uses the strategy now that he used in the garden of Eden.
He lies. He twists the truth. He makes worldly wisdom seem so much better than godly wisdom. He deceives us, just like he deceived Adam and Eve.
"Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?"
Did God really say...
Does the Bible really say...
God didn't really mean it that way...
The Bible shouldn't be taken literally...
But God really wants you to be happy...
You will be more like God if you just let people live their lives how they want to...just love them...
Satan creates divisions. He creates doubts. He makes us wonder if God is really looking out for our best interest. He makes us want to believe its not about our sin or our repentance. Satan wants us to believe that God just wants us to love everyone. If we love everyone enough, then surely God will love us enough to save us. He tells us that God's word is not enough, that we must do something to earn His favor. Satan convinced Eve that what she had in the garden wasn't enough. Simply by suggesting that God was wrong in denying them the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Satan created discontent.
Discontent led to disobedience. Disobedience led to death. And here we are today, falling for the same deceptive tactics over and over again. We tell ourselves that its okay to do such-and-such, because God wants us to be happy and He loves us just the way we are. This is the lie the world preaches through every possible means and often from our pulpits on Sundays.
I saw a great quote the other day by Sinclair Ferguson. He said, "It is misleading to say that God accepts us the way we are. Rather he accepts us despite the way we are."
Eve fell for Satan's lies and deceptions. We fall for his lies too, but we are without excuse because we know the whole story. We know what happens after she eats the apple. Rather than walking with God in the "cool of the day," they hide from Him because they are so deeply ashamed of who they are without Him. We know that sin separates us from God, yet we, like Eve, still choose it over God. And despite our fallen nature, God still pursues us and calls us to Him.
Even as Adam and Eve realize the death they have brought upon themselves (not just the physical death that will eventually come, but a spiritual death between them and God), God is showing them grace and setting His plan into motion to redeem His relationship with His creation.
God promises in verse 15 that a Redeemer will come that will bruise Satan's head, but that Redeemer will pay a price. We know how the redemption story plays out. We know the price that will be paid to heal a relationship that was lost due to lies and discontent. Are we going to let Satan continue to deceive us? Are we going to swallow his lies hook, line and sinker? Or are we going to get to know our Savior more deeply through His word so that we can turn Satan's lies back on him through the truths of scripture? Jesus used scripture to battle Satan in the desert. If Jesus gave us that example of what to use to defeat Satan's tricks, wouldn't it make sense to follow His lead and know God's word?
The truth will always expose lies and deception. But you first have to know the truth...
In verse 21, what does God do for Adam and Eve to show them mercy in the midst of their shame?
In verse 5, how does Satan twist the truth to persuade Eve to eat the forbidden fruit? How did he create discontent in her? How does he create discontent in our hearts?
In verse 8, why did Adam and Eve hide themselves (or want to hide themselves) from the presence of God? What pulls us away from God's presence?
2 Corinthians 11:3-4, 13-15