“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…” Gen. 3:6
"Knowledge is power", so the old saying goes. Knowledge gets us promoted. It puts us at the front of the class. It gets us the desk job instead of the physically demanding one. It gives us the appearance of being “put together” and capable of success. It even puts a Band-Aid on the fear of having to rely on another. We become more desirable as our knowledge grows, because we are seen as an asset. You know, "worth" more in the world.
The serpent knew this in the garden. Being an expert on the things of this earthly life, he is called the “prince of the world”. See the words he used with Eve, for they were chosen with care...
“You will not surely die…for God knows that when you eat of (the fruit) your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 3:4-5
The Bible very specifically says that, “the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made.” To me, that means he KNEW Eve; which means that he knows us too. He has read the Bible front to back and twists words with ease to further his agenda. I believe wholeheartedly that what he actually said and what she heard in her spirit were two very different things. I imagine his words to have sounded a little more like this in the heart of our sister:
“Nah, girl. You don’t understand. You won’t die! You’ll just be smarter and smart girls are attractive. You get that knowledge God is keeping from you. He must not trust you with that information, but I believe in you! I just want you to be able to take care of yourself.”
Now I have to wonder, was Eve an overachiever or was there a part of her that was already a little bit insecure? I tend to lean toward the latter. Either way, he played her. He told her the (small-t), worldly truth. He knew what she would do when given the illusion of control in the form of knowledge. She turned her back on the instructions God had delivered to Adam (her hubby who is a whole other story) regarding the fruit and took matters into her own hands.
To those of us who are still shoring-up our understanding of who we are in Jesus, the enemy will have a field day. He will do it by chipping at self-worth and perceptions of our competence. “That’s not reeeeeaaaally what you heard God say, right?” Before we know it, we’re questioning our own spiritual ears in the static noise of half-truths.
Our expectations of ourselves were drastically altered the day Eve took that bite. Instead of “embrace what you learn through experience with God”, we began to feel, “know everything or become expendable”. Instead of “you are precious exactly how He made you", it became, “change yourself to become more desirable”. Instead of “trust Me to supply wisdom”, it became, “chase after the accolades of this world”.
Oh Eve, how I wish a girlfriend or mama could have shouted, “Stop! Don’t you snap off that stem. You. Are. Enough. God keeps nothing from you…not His truth, love, or promises.”
We do not submit to the “reality” of this world, girls. Our Creator never did and never will, withhold from us the truth of our eternity and purpose. We have been given full access. In fact, 1034 pages of that truth resides in the Bible sitting on my lap at the moment! Let’s get serious about understanding what those pages actually mean for us as women, so that we will not succumb to the lies that the dirty ole, slithering Satan once whispered to Eve, and continues to whisper to us in the present day.
Jesus said, “…Now the prince of this world will be driven out. But I, when lifted up from the earth, will draw all (wo)man to myself.” John 12:30-32
Do you see that?!? Read it again! You are so precious that He wants to kick the deceiver to the curb and draw you near to Him. Let’s hone more closely into the voice of the King of the Heavens instead of the prince of this world.
If you want to know who God is and who He made you to be,
If you want to understand how He could love somebody like you and me,
If you are meandering through your days with a keen awareness that there has to be more…
Doing these things, we experience peace unprecedented in truth eternal.
“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the great fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use the knowledge is to have wisdom.” Charles Spurgeon
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M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Earns Crossfit participation trophies. Disaster cook. Enthusiastic wife. #Boymom. Clutches her faith, not her pearls.