• Pastor James Yako

Know God's Word

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” Genesis 3:2-3

As a child I remember playing a game called “telephone.” The object is to have a group of people sit in a circle. Someone is picked to start the chain of communication. The chosen one whispers a phrase that they have created to the person that is either on their left or right. The one that receives the message relays it to the next person. This process continues until the last person has heard it. Once it goes around the circle, the person that heard it last says the phrase out loud. The point of the game is to see how accurate the phrase is from the original message. It’s usually inaccurate, which makes everyone laugh and have a good time.

In the above Scripture, Eve is playing telephone with Satan, but nobody is having a good time. Eve inaccurately relays God’s original message to the Devil. She tells him that God said they should not touch the tree in the midst of the garden; however, the Lord never declared those words. What was God’s original message?

Genesis 2:16-17- And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

He never speaks about TOUCHING the tree. I find this passage of Scripture interesting because God is speaking to Adam. Eve has not been created yet. Nowhere in Scripture does it explain to us how Eve received the message. Did God tell her? Did Adam say something? It obviously doesn’t matter because either way she misinterpreted what the Lord had said. When you don’t know God’s Word, that’s when the enemy will deceive you and that’s exactly what happened to Eve. She believed the serpent’s word over God’s Word. What happened next changed the history of mankind.

Satan deceives Eve, she then urges Adam to eat the fruit and through his disobedience sin came into the world. Humans became separated from God and that’s the reason Jesus came to save us. It all started with Eve not knowing God’s Word. We too can fall into the same trap. The only way not to be deceived is to know God’s Word.

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