Day 23: Being Tricked and Giving In

Genesis 3:6

When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit, and ate; and she gave some to her husband with her, and he ate.

The temptation that Eve experienced is common to all of us. There are three ways that the fruit brought this temptation. It appealed to her body because it was food. It looked good, so it was attractive to the eyes, and it appealed to her pride because it could make her smart. Adam and Eve decided that it was worth it to gain these things instead of maintaining their relationship with God. John tells us that these same three things are still in the world with us today as Christians.

1 John 2:16 :

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, isn’t the Father’s, but is the world’s.

After Adam and Eve sinned, we became sinners just like them, only, unlike them, we were never neutral. When we are born we are prone to sin. Jesus changed things
for Christians by making it possible for us to overcome sin by the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. John tells us that we can now identify and overcome the world through
Jesus and do the things that God wants again.

Here’s a shocking thing to consider about men. The Bible tells us later that Adam wasn’t actually

1 Timothy 2:14 :

Adam wasn’t deceived, but the woman, being deceived, has fallen into disobedience;

This tells us that Adam sinned with full knowledge. It appears that he did it because his wife did it, not because he was tricked into it. This forms the basis for why the Bible teaches women to willingly submit to the authority of their Christian husbands who are following God’s will. Evidently, Adam chose his wife over God Himself. The woman was tricked, and the man willingly and knowingly went along. Sound familiar? We all need God to help us overcome the temptation we face, even as Christians.