Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die (Genesis 3:1-3)
Today's Morsel: Many times I have heard people say that Eve gave the wrong message to Satan when she said that God said that they should not touch the tree lest we die. Well, after looking at the scriptures, she did really botch the message. First, God never told them to not touch the tree, nor did He tell them that they could not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden. God said, "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 eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" (Genesis 2:16-17). God told them that they could eat of every tree freely, but the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they shouldn't eat of because they would die if they did. He never said they couldn't touch it, nor did He even mention anything about the trees in the midst of the garden. God just said to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We have to make sure that we have the message right.
I've heard people say that they will baptize people based on what Jesus said in Matthew 28:19-20 before they will do what the apostle Peter said in Acts 2:38. I'm sure Eve probably thought that she had the message right, too. But because Satan knew that she had already botched what God said, and she wasn't faccurate in relaying what God said, he was able to convince her that she would not die if she ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Because so many don't know what Jesus said, it makes it easier for Satan to convince them to take his bait. Well, he says, if you aren't for sure about how to be baptize and if it's even essential for your salvation, then you don't need the Holy Ghost to be born again either. All you need to do is just confess Jesus and you'll be saved. And because you aren't sure about your salvation and how to be saved, he tells you to do whatever you want, just do it in moderation and God will forgive you. Because Eve wasn't for sure, she ate, and gave to Adam and he ate and their eyes were opened and man has died ever since. Disobedience is sin, and the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). "For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire" Peter said (2 Peter 2:20-22). Make sure you've got the message right before you listen to Satan, because he will twist God's words if you aren't for sure.
Sing: I've got my foot on the Rock and my mind's made up, though I walk through the lowly valley though I drink from a bitter cup, when the devil comes a knocking trying toshow me an easier way, I stand right flat on my feet, I throw my head in theair, I look him straight in the eye, I say my foot's on the Rock and my mind's made up.