Wednesday, 18th January, 2017
Theme: Devil’s Trick (1)
Text: Genesis 3:1-17
EMHB 476 – From trials unexempted
Memory Verse: Genesis 3:13 “And the Lord said unto the woman, ‘What is this that thou had done?’ And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”
This is the sad story of the fall of man. Man is instructed to be as wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove. Since the devil cannot destroy us without our co-operation, we must therefore know his subtlety so as to avoid destruction by proxy. The criminal and accomplices are four in number: Adam, Eve, Satan and Serpent. Watch the devil’s trick. He begins by doubting God’s word. “Yes, hath God said….”
Eve foolishly tried her wits with the devil. No child of God should even try this. We are to resist him. (1 Peter 5:8-9, James 4:7). Neither to debate with nor accept him.
To make matters worse, Eve added to God’s word during the debate (Gen. 3:3). God did not tell her not to touch the fruit. The devil laughs with hellish glee when he tricks someone into misquoting God’s Word as he, too, does. (Prov. 30:5-6, Rev. 22:18-19). He ends by denying God’s Word. And the serpent said… ye shall not surely die. (Genesis 3:4).
Woman, take note: Eve, by making a major decision alone led her to enter into relationship with the devil, thus abandoning her primary relationship with God and distancing herself from her secondary relationship with her husband.
Man, take note: Adam, though was with Eve (Genesis 3:6b), remained silent and passive throughout the debate. He did not make any attempt to stop her but simply listened and joined her in sinning. What a great error! Let all of us beware of the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.
PRAYER: Lord, never let me leave Your rest nor go astray in the Name of Jesus. Amen.