Genesis 3: 1-7 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'?" The woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'" The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die! "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.
Prayer: Lord, today we offer our prayer of praise and thanksgiving for hearing and answering our prayer for those future generations condemned to death by the deception of abortion.We give you thanks for those babies that have been saved and those that will be saved by our prayers. Help us to not grow weary of doing your will for the least among us. May our words and our actions bring glory to you. In the precious name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
In the Garden of Eden, God had provided everything that the first couple would need for abundant life. It was a perfect world. They enjoyed perfect fellowship with God and each other. From the beginning it was God’s plan that the man would have one wife and she one husband until they were parted by death (Matthew 19:8:Mal 2:16).
God declared that it was not good for man to be alone (Gen 2:18). None of the animals in the garden were suitable mates for Adam. The woman was taken from the man’s side. Flesh of his flesh, bone of his bone. She was created to be a suitable helper. Although different physically, she was equal in value in God’s sight. They were created to be interdependent and to look to God for divine guidance. He blessed them and commanded them to be fruitful and multiply. He commanded them to subdue the earth together (Gen. 1:28). He designed them in such a way that they could produce children that would continue to replicate God’s image on earth.
In preparation for becoming the mother of future children of God, Eve was created with an innate ability to love and nurture. The Garden of Eden was a perfect world. Eve had never been exposed to any type of threat to her security. She was easily deceived by Satan because she had no knowledge of good and evil. She had no experience in dealing with this magnitude of evil. As long as she remained obedient to God, evil could not touch her. So Satan devised a plan to lure her away from that protection.
On the other hand, Adam had walked and talked with God prior to the creation of Eve. Before Eve’s arrival on the scene Adam had the experience of fellowship with the animals and time to learn the nature of each one of them. He knew them well enough to give all of them their names. (Gen 2:19). But none of them were suitable mates for Adam.
Scripture tells us that the serpent was craftier than all the beast of the field (Gen 3:1). Adam had been around the block a few times. He was what the kids now days would call “street wise”. He was physically stronger and had more experience than Eve. Certainly he had more experience in dealing with the animals of their world than Eve did. In today’s world we might say he had more time in grade. In other words, he had more seniority than Eve. In the military world we would say he was a high ranking officer, perhaps equal to a Wing Commander, or a General on the battle field. Adam was the Westmoreland of the Garden of Eden. Even if Eve had not been the only woman in the world, even if she had not been his first and only wife, Adam would have been expected to carry the responsibility of protecting her, until she had familiarized herself with her surroundings, and became aware of the danger and deception of the serpent. Making a decision whether or not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil was clearly above Eve’s pay grade.
God had given a direct command to Adam that he was not to eatfrom the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen 2:17). There was no written word in the garden for Eve to refer to. No regulations, no laws, no written standard operating procedures. She did not have the luxury of falling back on the way things had always been done. In this new world everything was a first for her!
The commandments came to them directly by word of mouth, the spoken word of God. In Eve’s case it most likely came indirectly from the word of Adam. It seems logical that God would not have felt the need to repeat himself on such an important matter. After all, it was only one tree in the entire garden that they were not allowed to eat from. How hard could that be to remember?
God had created Eve as gift to Adam. Surely he would have been expected at the very least to protect her from the beasts of the field and to relay this one important command of God to her correctly. She was the only woman that he had to be responsible for. As far as we know, at that time, she was the only other human being in world besides him. In any event, by whatever method she acquired her knowledge we know that she was aware of the command, because she repeated it to the serpent when he tempted her. Her words were “God has said” (Gen 3:3). She did not say, “God told me”. So, we don’t know if God spoke the command directly to Eve, or if she received the information second-hand from Adam. Often when information is passed along by word of mouth from one person to the next it not always an exact quote. God said to Adam in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die. Eve said to the serpent, God has said, we must not eat OR touch it!
We know that Adam was there with her, and that he did not interfere with her interaction with the serpent (Gen 3:6). No doubt he was thinking about whether or not it was worth the risk. A lot of men love to take risks. Can’t you just hear Adam debating in his mind as reaches out to touch the fruit, “What are the chances? Eat the fruit and be as wise as God, or eat the fruit and die?” He of course knew of the power and wisdom of God. What he didn’t know was the pain and destruction of death that his disobedience would bring. Perhaps he only meant to touch the fruit, but once he had it in his hands and nothing happened, he gained a little more confidence and proceeded to eat the fruit. Wives often interpret their husband’s silence as agreement or approval. Perhaps Eve interpreted his silence and actions as a change in the operating procedures from God.
We just don’t know what that either one of them was thinking at the time. She knew what God had said, but perhaps she thought that maybe He had given Adam a new mandate. Adam certainly seemed to be agreeing with what the serpent was saying. I can see how she might have been slightly confused. She was after all the new kid on the block. This was indeed a first for her. Perhaps she thought that there had been a change of command, and now God was speaking to her through the serpent, instead of Adam. If Adam delivered the Lord’s original commandment to her, but now was remaining silent, neither agreeing nor disagreeing, I can imagine how she might have thought that. According to the scriptural account, no harm was done until after Adam joined with her and ate of the fruit. It was at that point that their eyes were open to good and evil and the curse of death entered the world (Gen 3:6-7). God makes it clear that the final responsibility for the curse of death was with one man. He viewed Adam and Eve as one flesh, "one man". Through the actions of one man death entered the world (Romans 5:12,14-17). Life might have been very different if Adam had been obedient to God and refused to eat the fruit offered by Eve. He might have saved her and the rest of human kind from the curse of death. Even though they all pointed the finger at each other, we know that God held all individuals involved responsible for their sin and disciplined them accordingly (Gen 3:14-19).
Females today have even less of an excuse than Eve did for disobeying God. He has given us His word in written form. We are expected to study it and show ourselves a worker that needs not be ashamed of rightly dividing the word of truth. (II Tim 2:15). He has given us the indwelling of His Holy Spirit to teach and guide us. If we have no spiritual or moral foundation on which to base our life then we fall prey to whatever seems right at the moment. The world says to us “if it feels good, do it”. Our government tells us there is no right or wrong when it comes to our sexual relationships. Our current President tells us there is no need to be defined by boundaries in this century.
The curse of the garden is that the woman's desire would be for her husband and that He would rule over her. Many women have followed that desire to the detriment of their own lives and the lives of their children when they have no personal boundaries and their focus is on the man rather than God.
Christ came to remove that curse from the man and the woman. He came to restore the equality of male and female as they both live in submission to Him. A Christian woman's first responsibility, as is the Christian man, is to be faithful and submissive to God's word.
God has established boundaries for everything in the universe. He has established boundaries for our lives for our protection, not only from the things that we can see and know will bring us harm, but also those things that we can not see that might cause us harm as well.
We can see from the experience in the Garden that even the most perfect man is vulnerable to sin. The male can not fill the role of God in our lives. It is too much for us to expect that of them. We do not get a "free pass" for being disobedient simply because our husbands or other men in our life fall short of God's perfect plan. God did not accept Eve’s excuse for disobedience in the garden, and He won’t accept any excuses from us today. No matter how much a woman may love, trust, and respect her husband, his approval or disapproval will not protect her if she chooses to deliberately disobey God and step outside his protective boundaries.
We live in a very dangerous world where our children are being legally slaughtered and women are being permanently injured by the thousands every day. At the same time no doubt men face dangers and temptations in today’s world that most women will never have to face. I praise God for the men that are beginning to recognize that they have not properly protected the women of the church, or treated their spouses with the dignity of equal status as Christ intended. I praise God for the male leadership that recognizes that they need God’s help in standing up against the evil that threatens our nation and the women and children in our nation at the highest levels of Government.
Our nation’s laws provide less and less protection for women and children every day. Our churches are filled with wolves in sheep’s clothing that prey on single vulnerable women. I think, most women want to trust and believe the best in everyone, but that is not always wise.
When male protection and leadership is absent or defective she MUST look to Christ to be her leader and protector. She must learn to test the spirits (1 John 4:1). Deliberate, habitual disobedience to Christ leaves her vulnerable to every male predator serving in the fellowship of Satan worshipers. She must study God’s word for herself and ask God to be her teacher. God promises that if we ask for wisdom He will give it to us (James 1:5). Through the power of the Holy Spirit we can learn to discern truth from deception by measuring everything against the word of God. If it contradicts the law of nature or nature's God, it is false!
Women and children are under attack today in our nation from industries such as pornography and abortion. These industries profit from abuse and exploitation of women and children. These industries, for the most part, are controlled by males. Some of the greatest threats come from laws that are being cloaked in a deceptive blanket of health care and women’s rights. Many women and lawmakers honestly believe that abortion is good for women and that they should have the right to kill their unborn child. We have a responsibility to educate them about the truth of our abortion experiences.
Planned Parenthood receives thousands of our tax payer dollars every year to finance their abortion facilities. This organization is responsible for 1 in every 5 abortions that takes place in our nation. Americans must come to understand that a threat to life by Planned Parenthood anywhere is a threat to life everywhere. We can not sit in silence and wait for our legislators or the male leadership of this country to end abortion on demand. Every male and female in this nation should be making their voice heard by every available means in opposition to these atrocities.
While we Christians sit comfortably and quietly in our padded church pews with the beautiful stained glass windows nearly 4000 unborn children are being murdered in our nation every day! While we take the communion that represents the blood that Christ shed on the cross, the blood of innocent children is being spilled out on our land! The killing of our children, our future generations, must be stopped!
When husbands give in to adulterous temptations, it brings great shame and pain on their families. Often the damage done to these families cannot be repaired after such a betrayal. When ministers and pastors fall from grace, it brings great devastation not only upon their family, but upon the whole body of Christ. The same is true of nations. When our national leaders ignore the law of the land, and the natural laws of God the entire nation suffers.
The very structural foundations of our society are being shaken out from underneath us. We only deceive ourselves if we think that God will not hold His people accountable for this spilling of innocent blood.
Satan has been waging war against the female that God created since the beginning. In childbirth she brings the perfect image of God to earth. Women and children of our day have been betrayed by our lawmakers and many of our church leaders. Our national leaders are interpreting the silence of our church leaders as approval for their actions on legalized abortion and homosexuality. The current health care plan will cause an increase in the killing of our children and we will be required to help finance that killing. We must not let that happen. Children are not a mistake! They are precious gifts from God. We must stop discarding them like trash. Abortion is more than a simple surgical procedure such as a tonsillectomy. Our aborted babies cry out to us from heaven to stop the shedding of innocent blood.
We are not only selling our souls to the abortion devil, we are condemning future generations to this hell on earth. We must make our voices heard! We must continue to make our voices heard until the killing stops!
Copyright 2008 ARM