“Eve, what was wrong with the other trees?”

When Eve was tempted by the serpent in the garden, he put within her mind the following thoughts: the tree is good for food, it is pleasant to the eyes, and it will make me wise like God.

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.  (Gen 3:6)

What I had not noticed until recently was that God had already put in the garden trees good for food and pleasant to the eyes. The difference from this tree and the others was that the tree God had forbidden, was forbidden for their own good. They had the food that they needed.

And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Gen 2:9)

Have you noticed that after the garden, God provides our food and clothing? Before that, it was just food. (there is another post idea here)

I read a post just yesterday that was written by a woman, to women, about the clothing they wear and the need to be careful. One of her points was about the sales pitch that the world uses to entice women to buy the latest fashions, many of which are not modest. There are, of course, many clothing styles that are beautiful and modest but sometimes some Christian sisters are drawn in by the flash of the immodest. They don’t use the judgement that they could. Her post is worth reading: http://womenlivingwell.org/2012/06/i-was-confronted-for-being-immodest/

In a similar way Satan caused Eve to focus on the one tree, enticed by its single benefit of making her wise, but still suddenly all the other trees paled in comparison. This tree would satisfy her hunger. This tree was beautiful to look at. This tree would make her like God. Eve, what was wrong with the other trees?

This is not a problem only for women. The world is constantly trying to get us to go for the bigger, better, badder, newer things. The truth is though, that generally, what we already have is good enough. It is a shame when Christians do not thing that good is  good enough because that is what God saw about his creation as each day went by: He saw that it was good.

Now Satan comes along and says “I have the new and improved world, mine is better”.

Between you and me, I will take God’s “good” over Satan’s “better”


About Steven Sarff

If I were to offer any one piece of advice to one wishing to serve God, it would be to put Hebrews 11:6 and Acts 17:11 into action and let God guide you to grow in the grace and knowledge of His Son Jesus Christ.

Posted on June 8, 2012, in Christianity, Faith and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Interesting post– it’s interesting that I never really focused on the fact that the fruit was pleasant to the eyes and that many fall for what looks enticing.

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