Falling into the Trap of Deception

The serpent was crafty; more so than any of the other animals the Lord had made as explained in Genesis 3. Eve fell into the trap of deception presented by the serpent; that God really didn’t mean what He said and that it was okay to eat the fruit from the middle of the garden. The serpent even suggested that the fruit from that tree was better than the other fruit because it would provide insight into knowing the difference between good and evil (v. 5).

Eve gave in to the temptation presented by the serpent by reasoning that the fruit in the middle of the garden looked delicious plus she believed the lie of the serpent that it would give wisdom. She ate the fruit of the tree and then gave some to Adam who ate it too. Then they realized that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves (v. 7).

Afterwards, they heard God walking in the garden but they hid from Him. They no longer wanted to be around God and were ashamed because of their sin. Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent. Isn’t this how we are today; always blaming others or even God for our sins and problems?

The effect of the fall continues today. The serpent was cursed (v. 14), women suffer pain in child bearing (v. 16), the ground was cursed (v. 17-19) so that humanity has to toil and sweat to make a living, and every person’s body will deteriorate; die and return to dust.

Even though many want to continue to run and hide from God today, the amazing thing is that He continues to seek us and wants to be with us. God even has provided a way for ultimate victory over our human condition. The way is through accepting Christ as Savior.

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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4 Responses to Falling into the Trap of Deception

  1. Paul H. Lemmen says:

    Reblogged this on A Conservative Christian Man.

  2. Centinel2012 says:

    Reblogged this on Centinel2012 and commented:
    To many have forgotten!
    And now we have Islam and Mohammad who is the snake only this time he promises the men 72 virgins instead of an apple. So they go forth and do the snakes bidding — and any one with eyes can see there is nothing be evil in all they do! They may get their virgins but I think thy will be in hell and the virgins will not be what they thin they may be female snakes that will need to be services for all eternity!

  3. couchpilgrim says:

    Hi Mark!
    I thank our Lord for your blog, it is refreshing to listen to words of truth, and I see that you have a lot of knowledge in the scriptures.

    I want to get to know more about you, and encourage you, so I decided to nominate you for a Liebster Award. If you are interested in answering the questions, you can check it out at my website couchpilgrim.com.
    Keep bloggin’! God bless!

    – Couchpilgrim

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