Delivered By
Dr. R.E. Banks Sr.
Delivered On
August 1, 2021 at 11:00 AM
“How It All Got Started”, Msg. 12

Genesis 3:1B                                                                                                                
3a Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.
3b And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

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How many times can you remember simply browsing in a store, a  sales person asking if he\she could help you, and your response being, “I’m just looking?” I’ve discovered there are salespeople with clever, crafty retorts to “I’m just looking.” These salespeople are expert and skillful in using various sales tactics. They could sell a cage to a lion or wood to a forest. Today I want to talk about one who can lead you down the primrose path, if you’re not focused.

Last week we talked about how the serpent can tempt you. Though not identified, he is Satan, in this story; deceptive and cunning. In the Garden, he approached the woman, whom Adam later named Eve. We’ll just call her woman. The serpent asked her why she shouldn’t eat of every tree of the garden? He planted the seed of the case of identity theft.

The woman was alone at this point; like some of us are alone at midnight. Being alone can be a vulnerable time. She was easily tempted. The tempter was the devil. He came in the shape and likeness of a serpent.

Satan has an alure that can easily suck you in. You’ve got to be careful who comes to you; who you bring into your circle. Be sober and vigilant. The devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour. Satan did not just pop up. He knew of the woman’s frailties and that she had only been in the world a short time. He knew she only had limited knowledge of the animals. He knew she was alone, unprotected and without her husband. Though she was sinless and holy, she was an easy mark to be tempted and seduced. He hid the trap he had for her.

I believe since Satan is going to and fro, walking up and down on the earth, that he heard what God told Adam about not eating from a certain tree. I believe the woman began having a conversation within herself as to whether her husband, Adam, heard God correctly. Did God say not to eat from just one tree? Will we really die? God has given us more than we need. Maybe one bite won’t hurt.