Today’s Bible reading: Genesis 3-4; Matthew 2:13-23, 3:1-6; Psalms 2:1-12; Proverbs 1:7-9
Today we see how Satan works. He is always tempting us to disobey God with arguments that sound like truth but aren’t. Notice how he tries to trick Eve by saying “Did God really say you must not eat fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”. God didn’t say Adam & Eve could not eat from any tree. There were only one tree in the entire orchard they could not eat from.
We also see that knowing God’s word (His truth) is very important. Eve’s response shows that she did not pay close attention to what God had told her and Adam. God never said that they couldn’t touch the trees in the middle of the garden, but for some reason she thinks He did.
Another tactic Satan uses is to directly challenge God’s word. God did tell Adam & Eve they would die if they ate from the tree, but Satan tells Eve that is a lie. Satan claims that God wasn’t being truthful and is actually trying to keep them from something good (“be like God”).
Eve doesn’t go back and confirm any of this with God. She apparently takes Satan at his word and eats from the tree. This is a good lesson for us. Its hard to remember everything God tells us. So if someone tells us something about God we should check it out before acting. We should also keep in mind the motives of the person with whom we are speaking.
Once Adam and Eve are caught by God, the blame game begins. Adam blames Eve. Eve blames the serpent. Not that much different than the way we act today. The human nature we see in our society started on day one (well, day six actually).
In Matthew we see how God controls circumstances to bring about His prophecies. God had prophesied in the Old Testament that there would be a terrible incident in Israel in which many children would be killed (Rachel was the mother of two of the children of Jacob, aka Israel). God had also told us that the Messiah would come from Nazareth and would also spend time in Egypt.
I believe that God placed these prophecies in the Bible and then set up circumstances to prove to us that He exists. It sort of reminds me of that John Grisham book, The Runaway Jury. There is someone on the outside of the trial who is working with one of the jurors. He attempts to prove to the attorneys that he can control this one juror (who is his girlfriend) by telling them exactly what she will wear the next day. Of course she does and he thereby proves that he is who he says he is.
One last thing from today, and certainly the most important, is Psalms 2:2-3. The psalm was written thousands of years ago, but is so relevant today, especially in the United States. It seems that our leaders (“kings”, “rulers”) believe that eliminating God from our society is beneficial. And not only our leaders, but many people in society believe this also. They think they are making progress by kicking God out of our government, schools, etc. They think that commitment to God is slavery. But it is actually freedom. They are making a terrible mistake in opposing God. But again we see that something written thousands of years ago is coming true right before our eyes.
Here’s one example. Boston Mayor “proudly” supporting gay marriage: http://is.gd/Zo2SdA.
Proverbs 16:18 tells us “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” This is a true statement from God Himself and a warning for us today.
Let’s hope that the people of the United States do a better job of heeding God’s truth than Eve did.