The wiles of satan by Ed Gabler

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

The wiles of satan by Ed Gabler

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

The first ploy of satan is to plant seeds of confusion.  We know satan cannot read our thoughts.  So satan asks Eve, did God really say that?

Genesis 3:2-3 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’

Notice Eve added something to the Word of God – “nor shall you touch it.”  God did not say that.  Here is what God said, Genesis 2:16-17And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.

Once satan, who knew the Word of God, saw that she added to the Word, he saw she wasn’t exactly sure what God said, and he stepped up his plan of attack to the next level.

Genesis 3:4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.

This contradicts the Word of God.  If you live by the Word of God you will do right, but satan was able to contradict the Word to the woman with a direct lie.

Genesis 3:5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.

This is the next level, for two things.  Satan is inferring that God does not really want to give them good things, that there is something that we can possess that God wants to keep for himself.  This does not speak well of God’s character.

Genesis 3:6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

This is exactly what satan did, trying to usurp God’s authority, she chose to eat the fruit in disobedience so she could be like God.  This changed her heart and make it in alignment and agreement with satan, and then she shares this disobedience with her husband.  People who get involved in sin often bring others into sin with them. Adam also ate.

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

God gave dominion over the earth to Adam and Eve, and they were co-regents with God.  There was order in the Kingdom, and man was to be the spiritual head of the house, and his wife was to submit.

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,

This submission would be in love, for if Christ died for the church, to submit to a husband willing to put his life on the line for you is easy.  Husbands are not the boss and brow beating the wife.

Genesis 3:6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

He could have taken the fruit from his wife and told her not to eat it or repented of her sin before God.  We want to be like God not in our own works, but rather to love Jesus so much that we want to be like God, be like Jesus.  Satan’s ploy is to bring as many into sin as possible, to separate people from God.  Adam could have told satan that satan had no authority to speak to his wife.  Instead Adam stood back and watched.

Job did the same thing, by not speaking to his children and correcting their behavior, and the hedges of protection were removed.  We have to be careful how we walk.

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being


Genesis 2:15-17 Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep itAnd the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Adam knew what was right and should have instructed his wife.  He was responsible to teach Eve.

Genesis 2:21-22 Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones  and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

Eve one with Adam.

Ephesians 5:28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.

Genesis 2:24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Dr. Ed gave us the Hebrew for man and wife.  I looked them up in Strong’s man is IYSH (376) it means man, husband, servant, mankind, champion, great man.  Wife is ISHSHAH (802) and it means female, woman, wife.

In God’s sight being married is a man and a woman – and they are made one.

The Hebrew for one is:  ECHAD (259)  In Strong’s it means one, each, every, only, it is a composite oneness.

This is a different “one”  than YACHID (3713)  which is singular one

In the Jewish 12 Articles of faith, they wanted to change the word ECHOD for YACHID.

YACHID is the term that is used to describe the unity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – as one

Deuteronomy 6:4  Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!

This one is YACHID – singular one, unique.  The Father, Son, Holy Spirit are three in ONE.

Adam was created as initiator.  Eve as the responder, respond to the love of Christ,

Genesis 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

Confusion, contradiction, distraction, assassination of God’s love occurred with their disobedience.  It produced the consequences of their sins – they lost their innocence.

When a child reaches the age of accountability and they sin, then their innocence is lost.

Genesis 3:8  And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

They hid themselves, separated from God.  God does not leave you, you leave Him.  They ended up with shame, guilt, and fear – but it was their choice.  Sin separates you from God.

Genesis 3:9 Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”

God knew the answer, he wanted to give Adam an opportunity to confess and repent.

Genesis 3:10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

There is a spirit of fear that came in.

Genesis 3:11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”

God is asking, again to give Adam a chance to repent.  God knew the answer to this question.

Genesis 3:12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”

Notice, Adam said to God, the woman YOU gave me.  Adam is blaming God.

Genesis 3:13  And the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”  The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

She told the truth, but tried to push it onto the serpent.  Eve knew the deal, and Adam could have covered her.  She wasn’t had until she looked at the serpent and listened to it, and then made the determination.  She should have questioned what she saw and heard.

Genesis 3:14-15 So the LORD God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed;  He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”

This is a message of salvation, the coming of the Messiah, and the plan of God.  God knew what would happen in the Garden, and God already had a plan in place.  Satan wanted to disrupt marriage, but God had a plan.

Genesis 3:16 To the woman He said:  “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”

This desire is not sexual. It is about who is going to rule in the house.  Now in most homes there is a struggle as to who is in control.  Man isn’t submitted to the woman and woman isn’t submitted to the man.  There is a big difference.  What will make the male’s leadership possible in the house is when the man is willing to be responsible for the actions taken in the house.

Then Vicki Gabler added more to this study.  I will share that tomorrow.

Praying you have a wonderful and blessed day.



About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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