The Right Response

How does Jesus teach us the right response where Adam and Eve sinned?

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"Jesus answered him, 'It is also written...' "
-Matthew 4:7a

That story of the apple (which most likely wasn't an apple, actually).  We all have heard it.

God said don't eat it.  Satan said eat it.  Eve ate it.  Adam ate it.  Humanity was sinful and separated from God.

But there is more here to unpack.  There is actually something pretty profound that can impact our walks with Jesus if we look for it.

Let's go back to Eden.  Specifically Genesis 3:1-5:

"...He said to the woman, 'Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?'  The woman said to the serpent, 'We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 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.' ' 'You will not certainly die,' the serpent said to the woman..."

Does anything stand out?  Here is what stood out for me: the fact that they are using God's words.

Now journey with me: the Bible did not exist in its current form here.  This was the beginning, Adam and Eve were in perfect fellowship with God, and the understanding they had of Him was intimate and personal.  No Scripture was needed to teach about His nature and our identity.

God spoke a command to them.  That's what Scripture is for us.  It's Him speaking to us what His heart is for us, His nature, our identity rooted in that nature.

But how did Eve respond?  Not with a no.  Not with a conviction of her identity.  But with regurgitating what she was taught as knowledge, not wisdom that had pierced her heart.

So when Satan pushed back, she caved in.

She accepted his twisting of God's Word.

Now fast forward back to Matthew with me.  Here we have Satan using God's Word against Him (even though we know from John 1 that Jesus is the Word... a whole 'nother teaching) and Jesus shows us the right response.

He shows us how we should respond, how Adam and Eve should've responded, the standard for walking in right relationship with God intimately.

Jesus rebuttals Satan by not allowing him to twist Truth.

He says "nope, that's not right application of the Word.  Let me tell you what God really says about this situation."

And they go back and forth 3 times.

3 times Satan uses Scripture out of context.  3 times Jesus replies with a 'nope.'

Now let's bring it to us.  How many times do we use Scripture like a fortune cookie, pulling out a verse to justify what we do, to encourage without the weight of maturity, only to know it is void of proper application?

Jesus teaches us that we should 1) know our Word intimately and 2) use it as a tool to fight back against Satan.

"...and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God."
-Ephesians 6:17

Paul teaches this when He tells us the armor we are to wear in spiritual battle against the deceptions Satan puts in our life.  One piece of that armor is the Word of God, which is equated to a sword.  Of all of the armor Paul lists, this one is our offense; the thing we use to tell Satan "nope."  The one we use to replace lies with Truth.

What lies will you be replacing with Truth?

Michael Tatonetti