Summary: Some valuable lessons from the mistake of Adam & Eve so that we can avoid fall in our spiritual lives.
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We all make mistakes in life. The good thing about a mistake is there are great lessons we learn from it and it makes us a better person. The important thing is to never quit if you fail.
Today we are going to see some lessons from the fall of man.
The Bible says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” God then spoke all the plants, the trees, the beautiful animals and birds into existence. God created Adam in his own image and placed him in the garden. The Garden of Eden was a beautiful place. Each evening God would come down, walk with Adam and fellowship with him. Adam was a wonderful person but God found Adam to be alone, so God gifted Adam his wife Eve, a woman.
Among the beautiful creatures that God had created was the serpent. Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more cunning/subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.
Most of us think that word cunning/subtil with an evil connotation – A trickster, cunning. That is a legitimate meaning of the word. We always are used to associate it with the serpent in this chapter because of how the serpent is used very shortly in the chapter. But let me remind you that sin had not yet entered the garden, so there is no cunningness.
Subtil has another meaning in the dictionary – Fine, refined, delicate, artful. In the true sense it is talking about the serpent’s beauty. So the serpent was refined, delicate, and very artful.
We do not know what the serpent looked like originally. We know he did not look like the snakes which crawl on the ground today. That is part of the curse which was placed. So, prior to the sin and curse we can understand from the Bible that the serpent must have been very, very beautiful. He was the crowning glory of the animal creations of the Garden of Eden. He was not only beautiful but a wonderful personality and a great artfulness to him.
So when you stop and meditate on it a little bit, it is not surprising that Eve paused and gave some time to this animal when it came by. So as this beautiful creature comes along and Eve stops and engages with it and suddenly it speaks.
Genesis 3:2 And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” The woman is taken by the glamour but the serpent is being used by the devil. He is coming so beautifully and articulately to deceive the woman.
1. Be careful of the devil’s schemes.
1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
John 8:44 He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Revelation 12:9.. he great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.
He will come beautifully and attractively and he will even quote scripture when he comes. At no point you can trust him because you will be deceived by him. Keep check on your life. He may come in various ways to deceive you.
The devil engaged Eve with this question and Eve responded: Genesis 3:2-3 2And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
Now many people say that Eve went further than what God had said. Oh! Eve is sinning here. No, sin had not yet entered the garden. I am sure there were many conversations when God walked with them in the cool of the day. I think probably Eve was telling the truth. She is saying to the serpent who is being used by satan, “Oh! Yes, God gave us to eat of these wonderful fruits of everything but he told us we cannot eat of that tree in the midst of the garden and we should not touch it or else we will die.”
I probably believe God told them, don’t even go near that fruit, don’t touch it. My dear friend there is a great principle here. Young people, college students, children, older adults hear me.
2. Stay away from sin.
Stay away from lust and passion of sin. Do not even go near. Never think that you can stay close to sin and stay clean. Stay away from it, that is the only safe thing to do.