Path. So the path you have chosen seemed harmless and enjoyable when you began the journey. The choices laid out before you seemed harmless no matter what direction you chose to follow. Either choice was an acceptable choice, if you took that choice exclusively on its own merit. However, no decision or choice stands alone. Each choice we make provides a cascade effect to the next choice, the next decision, and the next quandary we find ourselves. Do you look at the decisions you make today and think about how that will impact your future? Maybe washing laundry seems rather innocuous, but if it needs to be done today and you wait till tomorrow you begin to establish patterns of procrastination, or the chores that need to be completed tomorrow must be put off because the laundry was not finished the day before.
Path. The woman entertained the question from the serpent and then in her reply she added information that was not in the original message from God, this a lie. We move on to the next red flag. Genesis 3:4 “But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’” The serpent now is outright lying to the woman. “You will not die” contradicts what God said in Genesis 2:17 “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” The serpent is now brazen and contradicts what God said. First, the woman talked with a serpent, next the serpent put doubts into the mind of the woman, now the serpent lied to the woman. The minute the outright lie came from the serpent’s mouth, the woman should have ran; rather she continued to listen to all the serpent had to say.
Path. Remember, God had given the man and the woman a perfect environment with all the food they could want from a variety of trees throughout the garden. For what else could they have asked? Yet, the appeal of this one tree that God told them not to eat from became too great. They had multiple trees to eat from, and that one tree became the source of their desire once the serpent began to take them down the path. One tree with consequences vs. multiple trees with blessings. It seems so easy for us to see the correct choice and the direction on the path we should choose, yet in the midst of a decision does it seem this clear cut to us?
Path. The serpent enlisted the various aspects of their being and their desires in order to entice them into disobedience. The first one being pride. The serpent, who was not the Creator of this beautiful paradise, informed them they would be like God. This was lie #2. But in their minds they must have thought, “God is the Creator of the universe, who wouldn’t want to be like God.” This one piece of fruit was going to make them like God. That seems like a pretty powerful piece of fruit. Naturally, they wanted a part of that.
Path. The next part of this verse does share the truth, “knowing good and evil.” Once they ate the fruit they would now know evil. Before this interaction, all they had known was perfection and the goodness of God. They had heard the word “evil” when God commanded them not to eat of the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” but they did not know what evil was. If they ate this fruit, they would find out what evil was as well.
Path. What will you choose when faced with a decision? When confronted with two choices: a lie and a truth, what will you choose? What will you do to help yourself make the right choice? Maybe you don’t care about the right choice, you only have yourself to make happy so that will be the direction you choose. Path. It may seem innocuous, but each decision cascades to another, what will you choose?