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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. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” Genesis 3:1-6
1) It was good for food
2) It was pleasing to the eye
3) Desirable for gaining wisdom
I. Perhaps Eve reasoned to herself: Well, it’s something I need anyway, I’ll wipe this little need that I have right off God’s checklist. I mean, I’m here any way, I’m hungry, it looks yummy, why not? We believe that we can provide something for ourselves, things that God has already promised to provide for us anyway.
II. They say a man is visually stimulated. So are women, just in different ways: go to get a gallon of milk at the grocery store and we’ve got countless glossy covers that promise a more organized house, a flatter stomach, better-behaved children and a gourmet meal in 30 minutes or less.
That meal, these children, that dining room, they’re so beautiful. But really, those pictures are what happens at photo shoots and when you are retired.
My mom and 91-year-old grandmother went to visit my recently widowed uncle, who, after my aunt’s passing, picked up and moved to wilderness country in a county that borders NY state.
My mother called it her missionary journey.
She described a beautifully landscaped yard done by my uncle: a flower garden, a hand-made rock wall and a new gravel path running up to the house, but the inside was a different story: my aunt had always been the home-maker, mom said there should have been some potpourri or scented candles or something…and I just smiled at the thought of my uncle whose favorite past time is trudging deep into the woods to cut down trees with his chainsaw picking up apple-scented potpourri and candles with descriptions like Midnight Jasmine from Walmart.
It wouldn’t happen.
We crave those things that are pleasing to the eye, the touch, we know that these things have warmth and character and life, but sometimes they don’t, sometimes all they are are just pleasing to the eye.
I think that’s why Satan had to pick one of the more “crafty animals” because women are smart, we can usually see through things in about 10 seconds, but not always, because here’s the thing: other people’s opinions matter too much to us, that is why we need wise counsel, that is why we must bathe ourselves in the Word of God, because, as the author of Hebrews says, it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart, it separates joint and marrow (Hebrews 4:12). No matter how smart we are, our judgment cannot and should not replace the Word of God.
III. I’ll admit it, I’m a knowledge gobbler, I love it almost as much as say, chocolate. Give me a book on sociology, child-rearing, psychology, biology and the human genome, I’ll eat it up and feel a tad bit smarter for reading it, nothing wrong with that–right?
We trick ourselves into thinking that if we preform certain tasks, follow certain formulas, we’ll gain that wisdom, but what does scripture say, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” This means obedience. I can’t stress this enough. Let us not consider ourselves wise, or even knowledgeable in our own eyes. Here is our destruction: when we presume to know more than God, more than our Creator who made us and formed us out of man, more than the presence that walks with us and talks with us, more than the Father that says, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you. “
My point is, we cannot and we should not think ourselves smarter than we actually are, I’m not knocking all the attributes of the Proverbs 31 women: industrious, merciful, joyful, and generous. But I am calling to task us trying to achieve this goal on our own.
I’ll leave you with this picture of God’s reward for obedience in Leviticus 26: 3-14
If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the tree their fruit. Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land. I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove wild beasts form the land, and the sword will not pass through your country. You will pursue your enemies and they will fall by the sword before you. Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you. I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you. You will still be eating last year’s harvest when you will have to move out to make room for the new. I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you. I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would not longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enable you to walk with heads held high.
Now this, is all-sustaining, all-fulfilling and all-wise beauty.