Almost everyone is conversant with the fall of Man and how it was caused by Eve eating a fruit and Adam following suit. However, before every action there is a layer of thought that has gone ahead to form the basis of that action. Almost every sin in the world can be traced to DECEPTION – the belief of false truths and before anyone can be deceived 3 things need to be in place.
Let’s examine the first case of deception in the Bible – it happened in Genesis 3
In Genesis 2:17, we see God giving the instruction to man about not eating from a certain tree “but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” After this, the woman was manifested in physical form but we know that she also knew this rule because she told the Devil about it in Gen 3:2. If she knew the rule what made her succumb to the temptation? 3 things!
Gen 3:6 – And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise and insightful, she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate. [AMP]
- The tree was good for food. She was hungry! The tree was there! End of Story. This is what John the Beloved, referred to as the ‘lust of the flesh’. A simple human need that the devil leverage on to deceive you. The sin appears to be solving a legitimate need of yours, benefits your flesh and would give you some form of satisfaction. This is one reason why people fornicate/smoke/over eat/over anything; because it promises to satisfy their fleshy cravings. After all hunger, sexual desire etc. are legitimate needs that God gave us.
- That it was delightful to look at. I am sure you have at least once looked longingly on something; either in the form of a hulky tall, black and handsome guy or a Figure 8, caramel colored, Rapunzel lady or a Fendi bag or Fenty beauty makeup product or the latest Samsung Tab S3 or one of the cars in the BMW M series. We have all seen things that make us go, “Arrrrgh! How beautiful is that!” This is what John the Beloved referred to as the ‘lust of the eyes’. You see something and you are carried away! You can’t seem to focus or get the thought out of your head! This too is a very common reason for sin. We see this clearly from the porn views rates, in our music videos, in our adverts and TV series – we are literally being sold on what we see.
- A tree to be desired in order to make one wise and insightful. Everyone wants to be deep; we all want to give expression to that deeper thing inside of us and we are willing to go any lengths to appear deep! The desire for an increase of influence & power is at the bottom of almost every non-violent crime of our time. People are driven to get purposeless 4th and 5th degrees, try out life risking things, and subject themselves to all sorts of experiments just so they can appear to look wiser and more knowledgeable than the average. This is what the John the Beloved refers to as the Pride of Life. The desire to appear richer, unbreakable, stronger, deeper, independent etc. This desire is why people forge numbers and lie on their resumes.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the vain glory of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. – 1 John 2:16
John the Beloved was here referring to what tripped man up in the first instance of deception. These 3 triggers are still the way the devil deceives us into sin today!
“The history of every temptation, and of every sin, is the same; the outward object of attraction, the inward commotion of mind, the increase and triumph of passionate desire; ending in the degradation, slavery, and ruin of the soul”. [Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary]
Let’s examine one more thing! Before she started having all these persuasions, the bible tells us – And when the woman saw [ra’ah (raw-aw’) to see, literally or figuratively, surely, think, view, visions.]
This seeing wasn’t with her physical eyes but with her mind!
The deception took place in her mind! She rationalized the sin in her mind! This is why the most important part of our existence is our minds! In her mind she rationalized away every warning given by God, she rationalized away her natural inclination to stay away from the fruit.
This happens to us every day. Day in, day out we are being schooled to think in a certain way! You, by nature should kick against fornication, for instance. You have been taught at Sunday school that it is wrong for you to have sex outside of being married. Your parents shooed you away from boys & girls when you were young and mandated you to face your studies; even the Bible states it very clearly that fornication is wrong! (1 Cor 6:18, Gal 5:19, Matt 5:28, Heb 13:4) However, nowadays we see fornication being engaged in more and more even by so called ‘Christians’ How did this happen? We were schooled into it!
If you watch TV series, I’m sure it would be very difficult for you to name 2 series where fornication is not engaged in. Young ladies and men hook up at the slightest heartbeat! “You are lonely, I’m lonely come lets goan have sex!” We watch movies like Friends with Benefits, the couple looks happy and it ends well so fornication mustn’t be so bad after all! The media is selling us a message and we are buying it!
I’m sure you have heard about the gates of the mind – the eye & ears are some. These were the 2 entry points the devil used in getting the whole of creation to fall! Eve listened to the devil and her eyes completed the rest.
Today check yourself; what are you letting through your eyes & ears!
If a song or a movie or TV show or discussion doesn’t line up with the saving word of God, run away from it! Don’t try to rationalize it like Eve did! Save yourself and your coming generations! A puff of that cigarette, a one night stand, a little lie could be just what the devil needs to set your entire destiny in disarray. Remember that the devil didn’t appear to Eve again; he won on the 1st strike!
Keep thy heart with all diligence; For out of it are the issues of life. – Prov 4:23