Summary: Here's a sermon on temptation that includes a funny storing about 2 men who bit into something and paid for it dearly.
When We Are Tempted
1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?"
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.' "
4Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die.
5For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
7Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. 8And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
I have a little story to open today's sermon.
One day as they were watching a baseball game on TV, George and Mike, saw a commercial for a fast food restaurant. The commercial showed their new Hot Chili Burger. It looked delicious. Even though the commercial made it clear that this burger was very hot, George and Mike were very anxious to go get one for themselves. So after the game was over, they jumped into their car and off they went to this fast food restaurant. Upon arrival, they ran in and up to the counter. Quickly George said to the girl behind the counter, "we want two of your new Hot Chili Burger and make it to go".
The girl smiled and said to George, "Sir, you need to know that out Hot Chili Burger measures in at approximately eight million units on the heat food scale. Mike replied, "Listen, young lady! We like hot food. We can handle it!" "O.K.", the girl replied, "but don't say later that you weren't warned!"
Our Bible passage today tells the story of the first temptation.
We are going to be looking at how Satan tempted Eve
so that we can learn to recognize his tactics.
If we are able to recognize the pattern of temptation
we will be better equipped to resist it.
Point #1. Satan is the source of temptation.
Have you ever wondered
why God placed that tree in the Garden of Eden
if Adam and Eve couldn't eat its fruit?
James 1:13 says,
Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
God does not tempt us.
However, He does test us.
The Bible contains many examples of God testing man.
Here in the Book of Genesis, the bitter water of Mara was a test.
The Manna was a test.
The giving of the Law of Moses was a test.
In the New Testament, we read about Jesus' temptation.
Now, how did that begin?
It began by the Holy Spirit leading Jesus into the wilderness
where He would be tempted by the devil.
So God does not tempt, but He does test.
In the Garden of Eden,
the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was a test.
God placed the tree in the midst of the Garden.
He told Adam not to eat of it.
He placed it there as a test of Adam's obedience.
In preparing this sermon, I found something very interesting.
In the original Hebrew text,
the word translated to "tempt" and "test" is the exact same word.
So what is the difference?
God placed that tree in the Garden of Eden.
He made a rule for the sole purpose
of seeing whether or not Adam and Eve would obey it.
So what makes that a test and not temptation?
Well, even though the original Hebrew word is the same,
the purpose is different.
That's how the translators came up with 2 different English words.
The purpose behind a test is that God wants us to obey His will.
The purpose behind temptation
is that Satan wants us to rebel against God's will.
God placed the tree in the Garden
seeking Adam's obedience to His command.
Satan took God's command and twisted it