Let us look now at the process by which Adam and Eve fell in the garden.
The first attack of the enemy was to engage Eve in conversation around what God had said, and in particular to undermine her understanding of God.
He sowed doubt in her mind. ““Has God indeed said, “You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” Genesis 3:1. Immediately Eve would find her confidence in what God had said to her/them questioned and undermined.
The serpent also subtly missed out one word of what God had said to Adam and Eve. He left out the word “freely”. God had said to them in Genesis 2:16 “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat”. The devil significantly misquoted God! The intention of the wicked one was to leave an impression in Eve’s mind that perhaps God was holding something back from them, that He was being less than true, or that He was being restrictive.
I wonder if this small, word-seed sown was the beginning of one of the most common problems that people face in relation to God. God had freely given them what they needed. They didn’t have to work for it. There was only one straight forward condition to abide by. All was provided freely for them. It was sheer grace and undeserved favour.
We read in Romans 8:32 “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?’
“Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely”, Revelation 22:17.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God”, Ephesians 2:8”.
We will return to this theme later.