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Temptation By Satan

INTRODUCTION: God made Eve to be a "help meet" for Adam; and all ancestry in the human race began through the offspring of this first husband and wife. Jehovah God, as He rested from His works of creation on the seventh day, said that all He had made was "very good." Jehovah had given Adam and Eve the instruction to multiply and fill the earth before the temptation by the Serpent brought the fall into sin for all mankind. Satan will have influence in this present world until Jehovah God puts all corrupted things aside, and establishes the eternal Kingdom of God.

NOTE: Bible passages are from the 1901 American Standard Version.


Genesis 2 "4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that Jehovah God made earth and heaven. 5 And no plant of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up; for Jehovah God had not caused it to rain upon the earth: and there was not a man to till the ground; 6 but there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. 7 And Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."

COMMENTS: The text of Genesis chapter 1 provides a general outline of the seven days of creation, and the above passage is somewhat of a restatement related to mankind. The plants and herbs had not sprung forth from the ground because the rain had not yet come, but there was a mist that covered the whole ground. Mankind would cultivate the ground to manage the reproduction of desirable plants and herbs. Though the phrase "dust of the ground" might give us the thought of a substance having little potential for any growth; Jehovah formed a very complex human body that is nourished by the elements and compounds that plants and animals draw forth from the "dust" of the ground. Jehovah animated the first man when He breathed into the nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul within the body Jehovah had formed. Reproduction "after his kind" was designed so the earth could be filled as Jehovah had commanded. There was no sin in mankind when Jehovah rested on the seventh day from His works of creation.


Genesis 2 "8 And Jehovah God planted a garden eastward, in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground made Jehovah God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became four heads. 11 The name of the first is Pishon: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; 12 and the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. 13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Cush. 14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth in front of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. 15 And Jehovah God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it."

COMMENTS: Moses was guided by the Holy Spirit to write Scripture, and he used some of the above geographic terms that were in use at the time period when he wrote the book of Genesis. His writing was centuries after there were only eight survivors who came out of the ark with Noah, after the great flood that had encompassed the whole earth with all land being underwater. After the dry land appeared, The many tribes of people were all descended from the three sons of Noah. The widespread territories they occupied or traveled in had identities related to tribal names or individuals. But in the beginning, Jehovah God planted a garden "eastward," in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. Jehovah made every tree that was for food to eat: also the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil were in the midst of the garden. Jehovah God put the man into the garden of Eden to dress and to keep it. These details may seem to be very basic, and might engender a variety of questions. Jehovah God has plans and purposes that often are mysterious to mankind; and some of those may never be fully comprehended. But whatever understanding of truth that is granted, is revealed by the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2 "12 But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God; that we might know the things that were freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Spirit teacheth; combining spiritual things with spiritual [words]. 14 Now the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually judged."


Genesis 2 "16 And Jehovah God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. 18 And Jehovah God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him. 19 And out of the ground Jehovah God formed every beast of the field, and every bird of the heavens; and brought them unto the man to see what he would call them: and whatsoever the man called every living creature, that was the name thereof. 20 And the man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the heavens, and to every beast of the field; but for man there was not found a help meet for him."

COMMENTS: The tree of life was not stated to be forbidden at the same time that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was forbidden. The very day that eating from the forbidden tree took place, death would become a sure consequence, in the unchangeable time-frame set by Jehovah. But we cannot be sure that Adam understood at first that the judgment of death did not need to be immediate. Jehovah formed out of the ground all animals of the field and every bird of the air, and allowed Adam to give them names. None of these were suitable for a help meet for Adam, and Jehovah did not want him to be alone.

The Hebrew term (Strong's #05828) is translated twice in Genesis as "help meet" and 19 times as "help" in other passages of the Bible. The use of the word "meet" may express the role of "meeting" certain needs that require some form of help. Other passages of Scripture remind us that there is no better help than that which is provided by our God, who has unlimited abilities as the maker of heaven and earth.

Psalms 121 "1 {A Song of Ascents.} I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains: From whence shall my help come? 2 My help [cometh] from Jehovah, Who made heaven and earth."

Psalms 124 "8 Our help is in the name of Jehovah, Who made heaven and earth."


genesis 2 "21 And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof: 22 and the rib, which Jehovah God had taken from the man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23 And the man said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. 25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed."

COMMENTS: We are not told whether Jehovah told Adam what was in store, but He caused a deep sleep to fall upon him, then took a rib to form the woman and closed up the flesh. Jehovah brought Eve before Adam, who referred to her as "bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh," and said she would be called woman because she was taken out of man. Here in chapter 2, the directive is given that a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall keep his wife with him as they shall be one flesh. Adam and Eve were both naked in the garden of Eden, and they had no reason to be ashamed. In the gospel of Mark, when a question about divorce was put before Jesus, he indicated that man has deviated from the standard that had been set (in the beginning), as he answered them by application from this passage in Genesis.

Mark 10 "2 And there came unto him Pharisees, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away [his] wife? trying him. 3 And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? 4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. 5 But Jesus said unto them, For your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. 6 But from the beginning of the creation, Male and female made he them. 7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; 8 and the two shall become one flesh: so that they are no more two, but one flesh. 9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."

Genesis chapter 1 and chapter 5 contain some interesting word choices such as: "image" of God; and male and female and called "their" name "Adam."

Genesis 1 "27 And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."

Genesis 5 "1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; 2 male and female created he them, and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created."


Genesis 3 "1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which Jehovah God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of any tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat: 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil. 6 And when 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, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat; and she gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat."

COMMENTS: The first man and woman were both made in the image of God, and they shared in the failure to resist the temptation by Satan as they accepted the contradictory words of the serpent, and disobeyed Jehovah. Some passages that appear in series in Scripture do not actually represent chronological order. When Jehovah gave the command of prohibition about the fruit of the tree to Adam, the creation of Eve was described in verses that followed. But When the serpent questioned Eve, there is no indication that she said anything to Adam before she responded with the words , "of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die." The command Jehovah had given to Adam did not include the restriction about not touching the fruit.

After Christ had become the perfect sacrifice for sin by His death, burial, and resurrection: Paul, James, and John gave further instruction for Christians in their letters, about the wiles of Satan. There are also very important words about the need to ask forgiveness from God when we have fallen into sin, and to pray for strength to avoid returning to sin that has been forgiven. The temptation to sin is inherent within all people in every generation, as descendants of Adam and Eve. But, praise God, those who believe in Christ can be assured that if we confess our sin, God will be faithful and jus to forgive and cleanse away the sin by His mercy and grace!

2 Corinthians 2"9 For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye are obedient in all things. 10 But to whom ye forgive anything, I [forgive] also: for what I also have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, for your sakes [have I forgiven it] in the presence of Christ; 11 that no advantage may be gained over us by Satan: for we are not ignorant of his devices."

2 Corinthians 11 "2 For I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy: for I espoused you to one husband, that I might present you [as] a pure virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve in his craftiness, your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity and the purity that is toward Christ."

James 1 "13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempteth no man: 14 but each man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then the lust, when it hath conceived, beareth sin: and the sin, when it is fullgrown, bringeth forth death."

1 John 1 "5 And this is the message which we have heard from him and announce unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."


Genesis 3 "7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig-leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 8 And they heard the voice of Jehovah God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Jehovah God amongst the trees of the garden. 9 And Jehovah God called unto the man, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13 And Jehovah God said unto the woman, What is this thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. 14 And Jehovah God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, cursed art thou above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15 and I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: he shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."

COMMENTS: After the man and woman ate the forbidden fruit, they seemed surprised and uncomfortable upon being aware that they were naked. They made coverings for their bodies, and they tried to stay out of sight when they heard the voice of Jehovah God when He was walking in the garden. Their thought processes were now changed by knowing both good and evil, and they made the first attempt by mankind to hide their evil deed from the all-knowing God. Such futile attempts persist throughout all generations of mankind to one degree or another. David wrote about the futility of trying to hide anything at all from God, as expressed below in part of one of his Psalms.

Psalms 139 "1 {For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.} O Jehovah, thou hast searched me, and known [me]. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising; Thou understandest my thought afar off. 3 Thou searchest out my path and my lying down, And art acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word in my tongue, But, lo, O Jehovah, thou knowest it altogether. 5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, And laid thy hand upon me. 6 [Such] knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain unto it. 7 Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, thou art there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, And thy right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall overwhelm me, And the light about me shall be night; 12 Even the darkness hideth not from thee, But the night shineth as the day: The darkness and the light are both alike [to thee]. 13 For thou didst form my inward parts: Thou didst cover me in my mother's womb. 14 I will give thanks unto thee; For I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Wonderful are thy works; And that my soul knoweth right well. 15 My frame was not hidden from thee, When I was made in secret, [And] curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, [Even] the days that were ordained [for me], When as yet there was none of them. 17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: When I awake, I am still with thee."

Jehovah God called out to the man and asked, where are you? This gave Adam the opportunity to answer, even though God did not really need to search for him. Adam had tried to hide because he had become aware of the existence of good and evil, and now was afraid because God had said "the day you eat of it you shall die." When Adam said he hid himself when he heard the voice of God because he was naked and afraid. Again, God already knew the answers to the questions about how Adam knew he was naked, and if Adam had eaten from the forbidden tree. Adam's answer involving Eve, and her answer involving the serpent is a progression to lead to the judgment by Jehovah God.

Jehovah did not ask any question of the serpent, and the serpent said nothing at all. The serpent apparently was there and heard Eve say "The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat." Jehovah began to speak to the serpent, "Because thou hast done this, cursed art thou above all cattle, and above every beast of the field." Jehovah put enmity between the serpent and the woman, and between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman. The statement "he shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his heel," can be difficult to definitively explain through other Scripture. But there is perhaps some perspective that can be found in Scripture about what "seed" of the serpent itself may mean. If there are "sons of the devil" and "sons of God," there is definitely enmity between those offspring (or seed).

Matthew 3 "7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said unto them, Ye offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?"

Matthew 23 "29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and garnish the tombs of the righteous, 30 and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we should not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. 31 Wherefore ye witness to yourselves, that ye are sons of them that slew the prophets. 32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. 33 Ye serpents, ye offspring of vipers, how shall ye escape the judgment of hell?"

John 8 "38 I speak the things which I have seen with [my] Father: and ye also do the things which ye heard from [your] father. 39 They answered and said unto him, Our father is Abraham. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I heard from God: this did not Abraham. 41 Ye do the works of your father. They said unto him, We were not born of fornication; we have one Father, [even] God. 42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I came forth and am come from God; for neither have I come of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? [Even] because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father it is your will to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and standeth not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father thereof. 45 But because I say the truth, ye believe me not."

1 John 3 "7 [My] little children, let no man lead you astray: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous: 8 he that doeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. To this end was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whosoever is begotten of God doeth no sin, because his seed abideth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is begotten of God. 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother."


Genesis 3 "16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy pain and thy conception; in pain thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in toil shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19 in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. 20 And the man called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. 21 And Jehovah God made for Adam and for his wife coats of skins, and clothed them. 22 And Jehovah God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever- 23 therefore Jehovah God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden the Cherubim, and the flame of a sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life."

Genesis 4 "1 And the man knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man with [the help of] Jehovah. 2 And again she bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground."

COMMENTS: Jehovah had given judgment to the serpent, then began to speak again to the woman and to Adam. He told the woman she will have pain as she bears children, and her husband will rule over her. Because Adam had listened to the voice of his wife and had eaten of the tree against the command not to eat of it, Jehovah told him that the ground is now cursed and it will require hard work all the days of his life to have food from it. There will also be thorns and thistles from the ground that will require more hard work to get the herb of the field collected to make bread for food. This hard work will continue until the man returns to the ground; for he was taken out of it: for he is dust, and he shall return to dust. The man called his wife's name Eve because she is the mother of all living: and in the original language, the word Eve means life, which can have both positive and negative aspects due to the entrance of sin.

Jehovah God made coats of skins, and clothed the man and his wife, which replaced the coverings they had made for themselves. Jehovah said now the man and his wife have become as one of us by having the knowledge of good and evil. But we are not given the clear intent of the "us" in the wording, and I will not attempt to define the meaning. To prevent the man and his wife from eating from the tree of life and thus living forever, Jehovah God drove him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. And He placed at the east of the garden of Eden the Cherubim, and the flame of a sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. Again, it is not clear if this is symbolic of a never-ending impenetrable guard for the tree of life; or that Jehovah God would provide a different way to eternal life . After Eve had her first two sons, the conflict between good and evil became very evident with these men in their adult life. In our present day we have so much more Scripture to show that we have a trustworthy Savior in Christ Jesus, and the "seed" of the woman has indeed prepared the way to eternal life for those who accept that gift by faith. So, I close this Bible study with some additional Scripture passages.

Psalm 146 "1 Praise ye Jehovah. Praise Jehovah, O my soul. 2 While I live will I praise Jehovah: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. 3 Put not your trust in princes, Nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. 4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; In that very day his thoughts perish."

John 3 "12 If I told you earthly things and ye believe not, how shall ye believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 And no one hath ascended into heaven, but he that descended out of heaven, [even] the Son of man, who is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up; 15 that whosoever believeth may in him have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God sent not the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through him. 18 He that believeth on him is not judged: he that believeth not hath been judged already, because he hath not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil."

1 Corinthians 15 "41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differeth from another star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 it is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual [body]. 45 So also it is written, The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam [became] a life-giving spirit. 46 Howbeit that is not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; then that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is of heaven. 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption."

Revelation 12 "7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels [going forth] to war with the dragon; and the dragon warred and his angels; 8 And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast down, the old serpent, he that is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world; he was cast down to the earth, and his angels were cast down with him. 10 And I heard a great voice in heaven, saying, Now is come the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, who accuseth them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the word of their testimony; and they loved not their life even unto death. 12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe for the earth and for the sea: because the devil is gone down unto you, having great wrath, knowing that he hath but a short time."


Jehovah God, I ask that you guard my heart from doubting your Holy Word, and teach me to know your ways as the true pathway to daily living and to life eternal. Thank you for providing the Holy Spirit to help me in those times of difficult trials or tests that are common to man. I believe the account of the six days when all things were created by Jehovah God and there is nothing that was not created by you. You, Jehovah, rested after those works on the seventh day, blessed them and sanctified that day. Help me to be aware of the reality that as the serpent beguiled Eve in his craftiness, my mind could be corrupted from the simplicity and the purity that is toward Christ. I want to avoid any doubts that may be of the type that Satan offered in the garden of Eden. And I know because of my inherent sin nature, I must guard against my own lust that can be very subtle at the beginning. I offer all my praise, worship, and glory to Jehovah God who sought me and gave me a new pathway. Hallelujah, Amen.

Published 5 June 2020