The Poison Planter

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Satan is a master at planting seeds of doubt. He fogs us in and we become confused. This is exactly what he did with Eve. When Eve answered the serpent’s question about eating from the tree, we see that Satan’s poison had begun to work. She said, “from the fruits of the trees of the garden we may eat but the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God had said, you shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.”  Gen 3:2-3

Wait a minute! There is only one problem.  Eve added her own embellishment to the original command in Gen 2:17. She said, “or touch it.” She showed that she didn’t know what the real issue was, she thought there was something in the material of the tree that was evil.  God didn’t say, “don’t touch.” She was making sin something material or tangible, rather than a choice of the mind. She was psyched out! Already she had the wrong issue. Satan saw that he had her where he wanted her and zeroed in with an outright denial of the Word of God. It is his special technique, first he makes suggestions in an area where we are uncertain or doubtful, then he will come along with the direct repudiation of what God said. In Gen 3:4 he said, “you surely shall not die!” 

Eve was probably gazing at the tree, listening to Satan’s smooth talk and the next thing she thought was, “what is God’s motive for not wanting me to eat from this tree?” Satan was right on the spot with the reason. He said, “for God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be open, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Gen 3:5 What Satan was saying to Eve was that God’s motive was jealousy. Satan implied, “look, Eve, He is holding out on you because if you eat from this tree you will have the experiential knowledge of good and evil and you will be like God.”

This is one of Satan’s methods: he takes clear truths and drops just enough poison in it to kill us. It was true that if Adam and Eve ate from the tree they would get the experiential knowledge of good and evil but it was not true that they would be like God. See how clever Satan is? He got this woman, was already confused and missing the point, to reject God’s Word outright and to accept the idea that God had impure motives and was holding out because He didn’t love mankind. Once that insidious thought was planted, Satan had his ally – the lust of the eyes.


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