Thursday, October 2, 2014

Devotion on Genesis 3 - "Did God Really Say?"

Scripture: Genesis 3:1-4
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

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.’”

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.

The serpent starts by questioning what God had said and then, contradicting it. Notice also that Eve quotes God incorrectly. She says that God said not to touch the tree, but He never commanded that. He just said not to eat from it. (Compare Genesis 2:17 to 3:3.)

This reminds me of how modern society questions the validity of God's Word and even contradicts it in almost every matter. Can you think of some examples of how modern society contradicts God's Word?

Our only defense against the world's way of thinking is to know the Scripture for ourselves. If Eve had been grounded in what God actually said, rather than merely what she thought He said, perhaps she wouldn't have been so easy to persuade.

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