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Genesis 3 and the nature of temptation, part 2

September 15, 2014

Grace to you all! I’m Channing Kilgore and serve as an associate pastor at South Whitwell Baptist Church. Today we look at part two of a four part series on the original temptation of sin in the Garden of Eden. Last week we looked at Satan’s and man’s desire to look for alternative revelations. There are also other questions implied in Satan’s first question. So let’s look again at God’s word. Genesis 3:1 “Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”

Another implanted question within the Liar’s original question is, “If God has spoken, is it clear?” Satan is implying God had said man could eat from ANY tree. The Evil One suggests: “Why is God now contradicting Himself by saying you can’t eat of THIS tree of the knowledge of good and evil? Isn’t God confusing you by changing the rules?” The Tempter’s insinuation is that God is not very clear or accurate in what He has spoken to you.

There is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9) Modern variations on this age old question are: “Isn’t the Bible inconsistent and full of errors? Why is the God of the Old Testament speaking and acting differently than the God of the New Testament?   If the Bible were true, then why do you have so many different interpretations?”  No doubt some places in God’s Word can be hard to understand. And no doubt some people have legitimate, honest questions regarding various issues. But there are times when Satan and people use these questions as smoke screens to hide the plain meaning of the Scripture.

The Bible presents two types of doubters of God’s word: honest and dishonest doubters. The psalms are filled with people wrestling with God’s word for their lives. But they become resolved to trust the Lord in light of His past words He has been faithful to fulfill. God’s past faithfulness to His word becomes the basis for future trust in His words. Honest doubters follow the evidence to its conclusion and trust God more as a result.

Scripture also talks of dishonest doubters. Those who no matter how clear God’s word is or proven true will not find the humility to accept and follow God’s clear revelation. They see the conclusion, but don’t like it and turn away. Why? The same reason our parents did. They wish to be the final authority for life’s decisions and not have Christ rule over them. (See Luke 19:10-28)

So which are you? An honest or dishonest doubter? The proof is in what you ultimately do with Jesus Christ. Do you follow Him or flee from Him? Come to Him with your doubts and see how gracious Jesus will be with you! (Mark 9:24) More next week! Questions/comments?

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