Picking up where we left off ( in the last lesson) about the widely accepted beliefs in Genesis 3 concerning “apples and snakes” and the Downfall Of Man.
NEVER…. was Satan’s wisdom so craftily used as when he secured universal acceptance of this traditional belief: (snakes and apples) it has succeeded in fixing the attention of mankind on the letter and the means, and thus blinding the eyes to the solemn fact that the Fall of Man had to do solely with the Word of God, and is centered in the sin of believing Satan’s lie instead of Jehovah’s truth.
The temptation of the “first man Adam” began with the question “Hath God said?” The temptation of “the second man, the Lord From Heaven” began with the similar question ” If thou be the son of God” when the voice of the Father had scarcely died away, which said “This is my beloved Son”.
All turned on the truth of what Jehovah had said….The Word of God being questioned, led Eve, in her reply, (1) to omit the word “freely” (3, 2 cp. 2. 16) ; then (2) to add the words “neither shalt thou touch it” (3.3 compare 2. 17) and finally (3) to alter a certainty into a contingency by changing “thou SHALT SURELY die” (2.17) ; into “LEST ye die” (3.3)
It is not without significance that the first Ministerial words of “the second Man” were “It is written” three times repeated; and that his last Ministerial words contained a similar threefold reference to the written Word of God (John 17. 8,14, 17) .
The former temptation succeeded because the Word of God was three times misrepresented; the latter temptation was successfully defeated because the same word was faithfully repeated. The history of Genesis 3 is intended to teach us the fact that Satan’s sphere of activities is in the religious sphere, and not the spheres of crime or immorality; that his battlefield is not the sins arising from human depravity, but the unbelief of the human heart.
Please visit me at my blog….littleraventhepoet.blog… and again hats off to the great E. W. Bullinger, and His Companion Bible…. published in 1922…. also for further reference to the above material refer to appendix 19 of the Companion Bible…. we are coming down the homestretch probably two more lessons… sincerely Frank Payton.