Sunday, November 27, 2011


"Ave Christus, morituri te salutamus!"
    S o in both cases Satan challenges God's known word.  We also see in both passages temptation begins with the desire to fulfill a legitimate need.  In Eves case it was to eat;
“Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1/NKJV)
"So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes,..." (Genesis 3:6/NKJV)

and in Jesus' case it was because he was hungry;
"And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry." (Matthew 4:2/NKJV)
“If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” (Matthew 4:3/NKJV)

    B oth of these are legitimate needs given by God.  So Satan does not have the power to create instead Satan takes the good things God has already legitimately given and twists/perverts them.  Obviously, food, eating and being hungry are not evil in and of themselves, however the problem with each of these in Genesis 3 and Matthew 4 was how these legitimate needs were to be met, i.e. were they to be fulfilled God's way, or another way?.
    A dditionally we see another similarity in that both Eve (for reasons why Eve was believed to be alone -initially- when she had the conversation with the serpent see here and here) and Jesus were alone when Satan came to tempt them.  While it is true we are never truly alone as God always is/was/will be there for us.  It is also true that Satan will often come to tempt us when we are "alone" and at a moment of weakness (or perceived weakness).  The first thing Eve should have done was to call her husband, Adam, as soon as the serpent began talking to her.  If that did not work Eve could call God, after all it is evident He spoke with both Adam and Eve in Genesis 1 and that He intended to visit them in the garden and have an ongoing relationship with both of them;
"And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day,..." (Genesis 3:8a/NKJV)

    Y et Eve (initially) does neither of these although both Adam and God are obviously not to far away.  A lesson every Christian should learn is simply; if help is near when being tempted, use it to overcome the temptation.

"Simul iustus et peccator"*
*Martin Luther

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