The devil tries his best to get us to think of the pleasure of the moment. His preference is to keep us from even thinking about the future but, failing that, he tries to get us to envision an unrealistic view of the future. I am reminded of a multivitamin that was very popular in Nigeria when I was growing up. Everyone simply called it ‘multivite.’ The manufacturers of ‘multivite’ knew that the core of the tablet was very bitter, so they made sure they had a thin sugar coating around it. You were tempted to think that it was a very sweet tablet, but that feeling was short-lived, for you soon realized that much of the tablet was actually very bitter. That is what the devil does with sin. The devil tries to get us to concentrate on the thin, sweet, momentary pleasure of sin that would very quickly give way to the long-lasting bitter consequences.
Adam and Eve found this out the hard way. When the devil in the form of the serpent tempted Eve, Eve explained that God had commanded them not to eat fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and that should they eat of it they would surely die. The serpent would respond by saying, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:4-5). In saying, “You will not surely die” the serpent was lying. The serpent then got Eve to concentrate on the pleasure of the moment, saying, “Your eyes will be opened.” Finally the serpent over-glamorized what would be the aftermath of the fall. The serpent would say, “You will be like God knowing good and evil.”
Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and, as a domino effect, there were some dire consequences for them as well as some dire consequences that went beyond them. Continue reading