faith, Genesis Series

Genesis 3 Uncertainty Breeds Doubt

Chapter of the Day: Read Genesis 3.

Meditate on Genesis 3:2 ‘The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 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.‘ “

I answered the phone to his flustered voice on the other end. “We can’t find the driveway. Where do we go?” I try to trace their last turns to the point where they went wrong so I could tell them how to get home. Sometimes going back to where we go astray can prevent going astray happening again.

If we’re to do the same thing with the origin of sin with Adam & Eve in the garden the place where she goes wrong may surprise you.

In Genesis 3:2 Eve recalls God’s words to the serpent, but she adds in something that God did not include in His first instructions to Adam. We can assume that somewhere in the conveying the message from God to Adam and finally to Eve “and you must not touch it” gets added into God’s word. But it’s not found in the first command. God says in Genesis 2:17 “but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.

In Eve’s conversation with the serpent, she revealed to him that she, in fact, didn’t know exactly what God had said. Satan recognized this was his chance to twist God’s truth in the mind of Eve breeding doubt in her heart. Thus entered sin.

The first sin of man originated with Eve’s uncertainty in the word of God. We would be wise to learn from her mistake, and hide God’s word in our hearts that we might not sin against him (Psalm 119:11).

Prayer: God I pray you would protect my mind from the schemes of the enemy to distort your truth. Help me to desire the discipline of hiding your word in my heart, knowing it, and wielding it as a weapon against my sinful nature and the enemy. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Application: What are some other examples in scripture where the enemy tries to distort God’s truth?

Memorize 2 Thessalonians 3:3 “But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.”

2 thoughts on “Genesis 3 Uncertainty Breeds Doubt”

  1. Well, there is Christ’s temptation in the wilderness. I think the adversary sets a lie like a trap inside every word. There is the contest with Satan in the Book of Job; but, honestly, I’m not sure how to understand that.

    Your writing is clear, and your insight is engaging. It’s a pleasure to read your words of faith.


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