Genesis 3 Lesson 2
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Read Genesis 3:1-7
“You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” This is a clever lie of Satan. What he didn’t point out is that she already knew good. The only knowledge she added was the knowledge of evil. Such knowledge has caused every ill the world faces and will ever face.
Satan appeals to her to take the place of God. This is a great temptation and, since sin came in this chapter, idolatry has taken the forefront of sin. All sin is idolatry in one form or another. Idolatry is the subject of the 1st Commandment. The Commandments that follow are all idolatry. To misuse God’s name is to change the God who is there into a god of imagination. To profane the Sabbath is to despise God and His Word. To sin against neighbor in any way is to despise and forsake the love God has for us by not sharing it with others.
Satan seeks to replace the one true God with any other god we can imagine. He wants our focus away from God and His grace, and will use anything we give him to distract us. He uses worthy and godly things, and seeks to make us care more about the gift than the giver.
Unfortunately, we all know evil. Our nature gravitates toward that which is evil. But God has not abandoned us. He came to take our sin and our sins, that we might return to the one true God. He is God’s gift of grace to a world otherwise doomed by sin.