Genesis 3:1 “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
Causing people to question God’s Word has been Satan’s objective since Adam and Eve. It is literally the oldest trick in The Book. God gave Adam and Eve everything they needed in the Garden of Eden. The only thing they were not allowed to do was eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In Genesis 3:4-5 Satan goes on to deny and defy God’s Word, disparage His intentions and create discontent with what God did give Adam and Eve. “You will surely not die, for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good from evil.” We have seen the results of that questioning—Adam and Eve brought sin into the world; lost the Garden of Eden and eternal life; and were cursed to a life of struggle and pain. Yet many people today, including those who consider themselves Christians, don’t believe what God said in the Bible is what He meant and fall into the lie that they can be like God. That they can choose for themselves what to believe and whether what’s written in the Bible is real or just stories meant to teach.
In Matthew chapter 4, Satan again questions God’s Word when he tries to tempt Jesus. As opposed to Adam and Eve, Jesus had nothing and had been fasting in the desert for 40 days. He should have been more vulnerable to Satan’s temptations. But Jesus was victorious where Adam and Eve failed because He knew and believed all of God’s Word and used it to battle with Satan. It was during this battle that Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” How can you live on words if you don’t believe them, if they have no substance? Jesus could not be deceived, and it was after this victory with God’s Word, that Jesus began his ministry and preaching.
The other issue here is whether writings in the Bible, like the fall of Adam and Eve in Genesis chapter 3, are true historical events or stories made up to teach a lesson. But consider this: The lesson is the same either way. Not believing and obeying all of God’s Word brings suffering and a life that is less than what God has planned for you. So why would God use make-believe stories to illustrate that His Word is true? And wouldn’t it be like using a rubber sword, easily bent and having no effect, when battling with Satan?
Where are you questioning God’s Word?
What are you doing to make sure Satan is unable to deceive you?