The Temptation

The Temptation

  1. The Tempter. The woman was approached by the serpent, Devil ( Genesis 3:1 ; Revelation 12:9 ; Revelation 20:2 ).

  2. Means. He approached her by speaking in her own language and by falsely interpreting the law of God ( Genesis 3:1-5 ; John 8:44 ).

  3. Points Tempted. The woman was tempted in
    1. the lust of the flesh,
    2. the lust of the eye,
    3. and the pride of life ( Genesis 3:1-6 ; 1 John 2:16 ).

  4. Results. The woman was deceived ( 2 Corinthians 11:3 ); the man was not ( 1 Timothy 2:13-15 ), but the eating of the fruit brought the speedy sentence of death ( Genesis 2:16 Genesis 2:17 ; Romans 5:12-19 ). All the guilty parties were involved in the results.

  5. General Results.
    1. The serpent was doomed to disgrace and destruction;
    2. the woman was doomed to sorrow in child-bearing and subserviency to her husband;
    3. and the man was doomed to sorrow, disappointment, and hard labor ( Genesis 3:14-19 ).

  6. Remote Results. Man's will power was doubtless weakened by transgression, but he still had the power to partake of the tree and life and live forever ( Genesis 3:22-24 ). His memory was doubtless weakened by sin, but he remembered all the circumstances of the temptation and transgression ( Genesis 3:1-13 ). His reason was doubtless weakened by disobedience, but he was able to attempt to shift the responsibility from his shoulders when confronted with the results of his crime ( Genesis 3:12 Genesis 3:13 ).

  7. Causes of Sin and Death. Sin, death, and their terrible consequences were brought about by
    1. hearing,
    2. believing,
    3. and yielding to a lie.

    Beware!