Satan is very knowledgeable of the scriptures and can twist and TURN around the Word of God ever so ingeniously and cunningly.
The time has now come for Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One of God, to begin His ministry, and you know what? Satan isn't going to like that! In fact, he doesn't like any Christian beginning a ministry whereby the truth of God's Word is taught, so take heed to today's lesson! Remember, the old serpent has tried to destroy this One and thwart God's Plan from the very beginning, even from the garden of Eden in this flesh age down through the generations from Adam and Eve, through Noah and his family, through Abraham and Sarah, through Judah, through David, etc... all the way to Mary.
So we are now going to see Satan tempt and even try to destroy Jesus Christ, the second man Adam, in the same manner and fashion as he did the first man Adam and his wife Eve... so get a clue! You "see", Satan is going to use scripture and just twist and modify it ever so slightly and craftily so as to change the truth of God's Word into a lie, an utter falsehood! He is really, really good at doing that, a fact to which the testing by scripture (assaying by fire) of some very major doctrines of Christianity today, such as the any-moment rapture theory, will attest. (A word to the wise.)
In other words, the old serpent is going to misquote and misapply scripture to promote his agenda which is the same today as yesterday, to destroy Jesus Christ, the Word of God, so he can draw the people unto himself. You "see", Satan knows the scriptures very, very well, for he was once a "morning star", a star of light and truth, a beautiful cherub who walked "straight up and down" in God's ways and covered the mercy seat until iniquity was found in him (Ezekiel 28:15 "Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.")
The point is, Satan is very knowledgeable of the scriptures and can twist and TURN around the Word of God ever so ingeniously and cunningly. Again, he has managed to create and change whole doctrines by this method, a method to which most Christians are unaware and not skilled enough in their Father's Word to detect. Therefore, it is important that we take some extra time to note Satan's first temptation and the reason for the failure of the first man Adam, in order to emphasize the victory over Satan by Yeshua in the wicked one's temptation of the second man Adam. To the beginning we go...
HOLD EVERYTHING! (... flags go up!) Did you catch it? Are you familiar enough with Genesis to know that Satan has just twisted what God said... because although it seems to sound right, that is NOT what God stated at all! He really told Adam "of every tree of the garden you may freely eat", except one specific "tree", the tree of the knowledge of good and evil! Satan is very subtly trying to minimize and obscure the specificity of that one particular tree? He's real good my friend!Genesis 3:1
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Here is what God actually said:
Eve does not detect the twisted subtlety of the sly fox and now, having been drawn off guard just a little, gets drawn further into his seductive trap by engaging in a losing argument with Satan about what God said. Take heed! NEVER argue with the chief scripture lawyer, Satan. We will see in today's study how Christ handled this same serpent when he misquoted scripture!Genesis 2:16-17
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
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.
Editors note: Did you catch it? Did you see it? Did you notice one very important point here? Their were other trees in the garden of Eden besides Christ, the tree of life, and Satan, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the midst of the garden, or else how could you have freely eaten of them?
Again I remind you - In Biblical symbolization Trees are people! See pamphlet #7011.
Did you catch it this time?The words "every" and "freely" are missing from Eve's quote! Read again Satan's craftily modified quote of God's Word and you will see that he made God sound negative and restrictive in His command by telling Eve she was not permitted to eat of every tree in the garden, when the fact is she was told very positively that she could "freely eat" of "every tree"... only ONE was singled out! Pretty slick, huh? Eve bought into this spirit of negativity and left out two VERY IMPORTANT words, "freely" and "every"! She then makes another HUGE ERROR in quoting God's Word when after adding the words "neither shall ye touch it", she waters down the categorical consequence of transgressing His command when she says "lest ye die", leaving out God's emphatic words "Thou SHALT SURELY die"... not perhaps!Genesis 3:2
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
"GOTCHYA", thinks Satan to himself! And now for the final twist to 180 degrees from the truth. 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.
So the deceitfully brilliant and charismatic one, Satan, through his cunning manipulation of words and language, coupled with his "appearance" as an angel of light, a good pastor and teacher indeed, has just TURNED the truth of God's Word into an outright lie! Then notice what he does next, now that he has gained her confidence as one who seems to be so knowledgeable about what God knows and says...Genesis 3:4
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
This little goody was not even a twist nor a misquote but rather a total fabrication out of "thin air", thin "dark" air that is, for nowhere did God say this. Read over it again, in your Bible. God didn't say anything about eye being opened! For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Satan is speaking on behalf of God, appearing as an angel of light, using smooth words that stroke the flesh ego and sound real good, even logical. The problem is... it is not WRITTEN, as in GOD DID NOT SAY IT. This "ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil", is the age old philosophy of "enlightenment", "the god within you" of the "higher educated" intellectuals who think that they are capable of determining the right and wrong paths to follow for themselves (and others) apart from the Word of God. In fact, it is the basis of all "liberalism" as we see it active in leadership today, both politically and ecclesiastically. How vain indeed! However, the record of this earth age shall stand as witness against that lie!
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