The Great Temptation

Life can be immensely difficult. It can be even more difficult when you are alone.

In the book of Genesis, Adam finds himself in a similar situation.

“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou latest thereof thou shalt surely die”
(Genesis 2:16-17).

The Law, if you will, was handed to Adam to be understood and to be carried out. Later, in the next verse, we see the introduction of Woman into the mixture:

“And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him” (Genesis 2:18).

Adam is given a responsibility. He is given the job of protecting the woman, Eve, from temptation. Because Adam was initially told the Law by God Himself, Adam has a huge responsibility placed upon him! Not only is he responsible for protecting Eve, but he is also responsible for himself not following after Eve if she were to sin!

A theologian once remarked, “Adam was not deceived by the serpent. Adam sinned because he was unwilling to disassociate himself from the only companion he had.” This hits home for many of us. Christ, being God, willingly gave His life so that the world may be reconciled to Him. It certainly appears that God has given man the authority to die for His wife- but should we say this is the best decision? It does not seem so.


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