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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Anatomy of Temptation (Study)

Genesis 3, 3 Insights from Satan's Temptation of Eve, Temptation
The temptation of Eve offers insights into Satan's strategies with us (Genesis 3: 1-7):

1. He appeals to our ungodly desires. 
For Eve, the forbidden fruit; for us it can be anything we shouldn't have/do.

2. He contradicts God's words. 
He told Eve she wouldn't die if she ate the fruit. He tells us that doing the wrong thing won't hurt us.

3. He promises self-enhancement: 
He told Eve the forbidden fruit would make her like God (Genesis 3: 5).  He tells us that sin will make us smarter, happier, or more popular.

Satan is constantly looking for ways to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10; 1 Peter 5:8). 

Let's beware of his tactics and remember this promise:

"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." 1 Corinthians 10:13

Bible Study 

Let's compare Satan's temptation of Eve with his temptation of Jesus. 

1. What disadvantage did Jesus have that Eve did not have? 
2. What additional strategy did Satan use with Jesus that he didn't use with Eve? 
3. How did Jesus have victory over Satan's temptations? 
4. How can we apply Jesus' strategy in our lives? 

Matthew 4: 1-11: Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’" 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’" 7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’" 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. 

Genesis 3: 1-7: Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” 4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 

After working through this study, read my insights HERE.

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