What can we learn from Eve and the choice she made?
Eve had a choice to make. Would she listen to God’s word or the word of a stranger? Though the tree of the knowledge of good and evil had previously been off-limits, Eve took another look.
The tree had fruit. It was pleasant to the eyes. Furthermore, eating the fruit could make her wise.
Eve took the word of a stranger over the wisdom of her Creator. She ate the fruit and shared it with Adam, and her world was shattered.
In our studies of the creation story, we tend to focus on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but right next to that tree. God had planted the tree of life. It was there for Adam and Eve’s pleasure, but they missed it. After they succumbed to the serpent’s temptation, God evicted Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, “lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.” (Genesis 3:22 NKJV)
Eve could have just as easily have eaten from the tree of life and lived forever in paradise. Instead, she allowed herself to be seduced by the desire to be wise in her own eyes.
We all seek wisdom. God praised Solomon’s desire to be wise, but we must not lose sight of the truth in our pursuit of knowledge.
In 2 Corinthians 11:3, Paul warned the Corinthian church to not be deceived like Eve, to not be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
The world will try to charm us with claims that contradict God’s word, but we must remember. The world’s way leads to death. God’s way leads to life everlasting.
Eve’s Choice in the Bible: Genesis 2:8-17, 3:1-7
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