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Summary: When Eve listened to Satans lies she chose to ignore God’s truth

Listening to Lies

Genesis 3

Essential 100 Message Series

January 6, 2008

Evening Service

Introduction

Writing letters of recommendation can be hazardous--tell the truth and you might get sued if the contents are negative. Robert Thornton, a professor at Lehigh University, has a collection of "virtually litigation-proof" phrases called the Lexicon of Intentionally Ambiguous Recommendations, or LIAR.

Here are some examples:

*To describe an inept person--"I enthusiastically recommend this candidate with no qualifications whatsoever."

*To describe an ex-employee who had problems getting along with fellow workers--"I am pleased to say that this candidate is a former colleague of mine."

*To describe an unproductive candidate--"I can assure you that no person would be better for the job."

*To describe an applicant not worth consideration--" I would urge you to waste no time in making this candidate an offer of employment."

Have you ever been lied to and deceived? It happens all the time and unfortunately more often than not people get sucked into the lies.

There are many ways that we get tricked

* A few drinks never hurt anybody

* No one will ever know

* It’s ok as long as no one gets hurt

* Try anything once

The sad part is that far too often we hear lies and believe them to be the truth. Lies that cause us to stumble are nothing short than demonic.

A USA Today poll found that only 56% of American teach honesty to their children. And a Louis Harris poll turned up the distressing fact that 65% of high school students would cheat on an important exam. Recently a noted physician appeared on a network news-and-talk show and proclaimed, "Lying is an important part of social life, and children who are unable to do it are children who may have developmental problems."

The Old Testament tells us of another lie that ruined a different garden. If you have your Bibles open them to Genesis 2:15-17

God’s Word is absolute and true

15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." Genesis 2:15-17

God had created Adam and placed him in the Garden of Eden. Eden was a place of spectacular beauty and is considered to be the best place on the entire earth. Eden would be as close to paradise as one could get.

Adam was placed in this ideal setting for two distinct reasons. The first was to work the garden. This means that Adam was to labor and make the garden his home. The second was to take care of it. The New King James translates this phrase as to keep. The Hebrew word actually means to guard or to protect. Why would Adam need to protect the garden?

Verse 17 gives us our answer. Adam was to protect the garden from the Tree of Knowledge. This was the only tree in the entire garden that was restricted from Adam. In fact, this was the only thing that was off limits to Adam. God provided everything Adam would ever need and gave only one condition for being in the garden.

God also clearly tells Adam what will happen if he disobeys: You will surely die. This is strong language but what exactly is God saying here? After all dead is dead. You cannot die more than once. God is saying that Adam would die a double portion of death. There would be two different deaths that Adam would experience. There would be a spiritual death that would end the relationship that Adam had with God and this would be immediate. The second death would be a physical death later. God is clear here, Adam would die spiritually and physically. It was the total death experience.

Never trade God’s truth for a lie

1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, `You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?" 2 The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, `You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ " 4 "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. 5 "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Genesis 3:1-6

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