This post is about the garden, you know; THE garden. As humans we tend to blame Adam and Eve for our fallen state, but this post is about reflecting inward. So I ask the question, “What is in your garden?” I think we can improve as Christians by determining our weaknesses and how to overcome them. We think of Eve as the first woman to be deceived, and Adam as the first man to purposely sin. But where do WE fall short?
In the book of Genesis we see this example where Satan came and persuaded Eve to sin:
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
Then we see that Adam decided on his own to sin because Eve did (haven’t we all said, “well SHE did it first!” At some point?):
17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ (Something interesting to note about this verse is that it gives us insight into the fact that God originally commanded Adam not to eat of the tree, and Adam is actually the one who told Eve of this command. Eve had not yet been created when the command was given in Genesis 2:16-17)
1 Timothy 2:14
14 “And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.”
This verse is actually in reference to the authority of women in spiritual matters (I have written 2 other blogs about this, feel free to read them here). But my point here is that we see a statement being made that Adam was deceived, and he knew exactly what he was doing.
12” Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—“
So both Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden (Eve sinning first). Yet, the Bible never blames Eve for the fall of the human race, but blames Adam (because he knowingly sinned).
So here you see how Adam and Eve were the father and mother of our fallen state in their own different ways. Now let’s take a closer look at how Satan was behind this ordeal. We see Satan in the garden there twisting the words of God (as he often does) in order to persuade the fall of mankind. In order to do this, he appealed to Eve in three ways.
1 John 2:16
16 “For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.”
So he caused sin to appeal to her through the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. This is generally how Satan causes sin to appeal to us even today. I can think of a lot of different sins, and all of them can be appealing in at least one of these categories: adultery, drunkenness, murder, selfishness, gossiping, and love of money. The list goes on and on.
I think it is important that we ask ourselves, “What have we been planting in our own garden?” Satan knows our weaknesses, and he will appeal to them in every way he can. The only way we can ever overcome the enemy is to put our garden behind us. Turn away from what is in there, completely repent from sin and stand our ground so that Satan can never have that hold over us again.
Whatever may be in your garden, I can promise you that Satan is there too.