Sunday, January 29, 2012


"Ave Christus, morituri te salutamus!"

    T here are three obvious differences between the temptation of Eve and the temptation of Christ;
  1. time and place,(Genesis 2:15, 3: 1-3, Matthew 4:1, 2)
  2. who Eve was and who Jesus is,(Genesis 1:27, 2:22, Matthew 3:16, 17)
  3. and Eve did not resist the temptation while Christ victoriously overcame it.(Genesis 3:6, Matthew 4:10, 11)
    T ime and place;
obviously Eve was in the Garden of Eden and her temptation occurred shortly after the Creation Week (first seven days) roughly 4000 years before Christ. While Jesus was in Israel during the Roman occupation. Additionally, Eve was in the garden and her temptation came before any sin, death, pain, suffering or the curse had entered it while Christ was in the world well after sin and all it's consequences had entered into it.
    W ho Eve was and who Jesus is;
Eve was simply the first woman created by God.  Christ is God, the Alpha and Omega. Eve was a created being while Christ was with God in the very beginning - He is not a created being.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made." (John 1:1-3/NKJV)

    E ve did not resist the temptation while Christ victoriously overcame it;
scripture shows this plainly.
"So 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..." (Genesis 3:6a/NKJV)

"Then Jesus said to him, 'Away with you, Satan! For it is written, "You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve."' Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him." (Matthew 4:10, 11/NKJV)

    I t is this last difference that leads to further questions and discussion.
"...For by strength no man shall prevail." (1 Samuel 2:9/NKJV)

"Simul iustus et peccator"*
*Martin Luther

scripture sources;
Bible Gateway
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