Continuing our study of women in Genesis, we move on to Eve in chapter 3:1-13. The serpent tempted Eve to eat of the fruit of the forbidden tree by saying, "you will be like God, knowing good and evil". Ironic, isn't it? They were already like God, made in his image and likeness, in charge of all living creatures on the earth, even to the point of naming them. And they already knew good and evil, having been warned by God that eating of that particular tree would bring death while eating of all the other trees would be good. They were at the top of their own world. I'm sure if they wanted more of anything, they could have asked God for it.
But the serpent twisted the truth and made Eve feel that she lacked something. She then saw the tree in a new light-- "the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise" (3:6). And Adam agreed.
There is nothing wrong with wanting more. Jesus said: Seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you (Matt 7:7). The sin lay not in wanting more, but in deliberately doing what God had told them not to do.
For reflection: What do I need more of to accomplish what God has called me to do?
Let us pray: Giver of all good gifts, we thank you for the blessings you have given us and for the call you have placed on our lives. Help us to seek more of what we need to accomplish your goals.
(Your comments are welcome.)
I started this website and blog on May 1, 2012. I am a Catholic who has been in ministry for many years. I first developed what I would call a close relationship with Jesus in the early 1970s. Ever since then I have been praying with people for healing and other needs. It is because I have seen so many of these prayers answered that I am so bold as to offer to pray for you individually through this website and phone line.