Summary: To enumerate the things we should avoid to not fall into sin, like Eve did.
Do you have selfish ambition?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To enumerate the things we should avoid to not fall into sin, like Eve did.
Genesis 3:6 (Amplified Bible)
And when the woman saw that the tree was good (suitable, pleasant) for food and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave some also to her husband, and he ate.
GOD is our Husband, to love and submit ourselves from.
Eve's selfish ambition
A. Author: Moses (commonly accepted)
B. Date written: 1450 - 1410 B.C.
C. Purpose: The book of Origins
D. To whom written: People of Israel
E. Main Theme: Man's sin and the initial steps taken for his redemption by a divine covenant
F. Keyword: Beginning
G. Key verse: The first Messianic Promise
Genesis 3:15 (Amplified Bible)
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her Offspring; He will bruise and tread your head underfoot, and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Eve's selfish ambition
"And when the woman saw that the tree was good (suitable, pleasant) for food and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise,"
1. She saw something good in the fruit that the LORD have forbidden.
"And when the woman saw that the tree was good (suitable, pleasant)"
But then again, there's a command from GOD.
Genesis 2:17 (Amplified Bible)
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and blessing and calamity you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.
That forbidden fruit is not for her, not to be consumed and eaten because it was forbidden. A type of tithe, where GOD reserves something for Him.
Leviticus 27:30 (Amplified Bible)
And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord.
1 Corinthians 9:11 (Amplified Bible)
If we have sown [the seed of] spiritual good among you, [is it too] much if we reap from your material benefits?
Galatians 6:6 (Amplified Bible)
Let him who receives instruction in the Word [of God] share all good things with his teacher [contributing to his support].
2. She considered the forbidden fruit as something to be consumed
Not all given by GOD should be consumed as food, some are food for us to consume and some are seeds to sow to others being a channel of blessing and a distribution center of GOD here on earth to show forth GOD's Providence.
Isaiah 55:10 (Amplified Bible)
For as the rain and snow come down from the heavens, and return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and sprout, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
Philippians 4:19 (Amplified Bible)
And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 9:8 (Amplified Bible)
And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].
3. She considered the forbidden fruit delighful to look at
"and that it was delightful to look at"
But our delight should not be on things around us but on GOD alone and He will give you the desires (ambitions) of your hearts.
Psalms 37:4 (Amplified Bible)
Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.
4. She considered the tree to be desired to make one wise
"and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise"
She's already perfect in wisdom. Everything GOD created are perfect. Adam and Eve are part of GOD's perfect creation before the entrance of sin. It all had the approval of GOD.
Genesis 1:31 (Amplified Bible)
And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it completely. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.
And since we know that Eve is a gift from GOD to Adam, she's perfect as well. Eve's a favor from the LORD to Adam.
James 1:17 (Amplified Bible)
Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse].