Fall of man

The power of words

4 So the snake said to the woman. “You will never die. 5 When you eat it, God knows that your eyes will open, you will be like God, and you will know good and evil. 6 Then the woman saw that the tree was really good to eat, adorable to the eyes, and wise. So the woman took the fruit and ate it, and gave it to her husband who was with her, so he ate it too. (Genesis 3: 4-6)

In response to Eve’s reply (Genesis 3: 3), snake(Satan) said. ” You will never die. When you eat it, God knows that your eyes will open, you will be like God, and you will know good and evil. I. (verse 4,5) Snake denied the Word of God and “never die”, he lied. The devil is a liar (John 8:44). But the snake did not tell Eve to “take and eat.” Satan seduces, but never takes responsibility for himself. After all, it is the person who loses the temptation and commits the crime. The fall of the devil was in trying to be like God (Isaiah 14: 12-15). He is trying to ruin the human beings that God loves, in order to let humans experience like him. He said “You can be like God.” Even in the 21st century, books have been published that say, “You can be like God.” Don’t be fooled. Human being cannot be a God. It is the work of the devil to ruin humans (1 Timothy 4: 1).

“The Fall of Man and the Garden of Eden” (1617, Mauritshuis Museum) This work is a collaboration between Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder, which was produced in 1617. Jan Brueghel was in charge.

The devil’s trick is to ask, “Did God really say that?” And question God’s Word and God’s love (verse 1). The devil knows God very well. In that sense, it can be said to be a theologian among theologians. There are various theologians in this era as well. Some theologians question the Word of God and try to demythologize the Words of the Bible. They try to hesitate to believe that it is foolish to take the Words of the Bible literally. We really have to be careful (Galatians 1: 6, 7).

So Eve saw that the tree was really good to eat, adorable to the eyes, and wise, and she really liked it (verse 6). John, a disciple of Jesus, wrote. This is because everything in the world, that is, the desire for the flesh, the desire for the eyes, and the pride of living, is not from the Father, but from the world. The world and the greed of the world will perish. But those who do the will of God will always be there. (1 John 2: 16,17)

Jesus’ brother Jacob warns. When anyone encounters temptation, do not say that they have been tempted by God. God is not tempted by evil and does not seduce anyone on his own. Each person is attracted, and seduced by his or her own desires. When greed is greedy, it causes sin, and when sin is ripe, it causes death. Beloved brothers. Don’t be fooled. (James 1: 13-16)

 John Milton (1608-1674) / British poet.

Eve took and ate the fruits that seemed to be really good to eat, adorable to the eyes, and wise. After that, Adam also ate the fruit (verse 6). Why did Adam eat the fruit according to his wife’s recommendation when he knew the weight of the punishment for sin? It may have been prepared to die together, not tolerating the death of one of his beloved wife. British writer John Milton in “Paradise Lost” depicts Adam fearing death and his hands quivering and eating fruits. This figure of Adam can be said to be a model for the second Adam, Jesus Christ, to die for the church, which is his wife, as sin itself and the death of the cross. Christ loved the church and offered himself for the church(Ephesians 5:25). But it was, of course, unpleasant to God that Adam ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil at Eve’s suggestion, a serious sin against God and a rebellion against God (Romans 5:18,19).

In this way, the first humans, Adam and Eve, were deceived by the devil’s tactics, rebelling against God and corrupting. Sin has entered this world. Sin was terrifying, infectious, unhappy and destroyed human society. As we see it in our daily lives. The beginning was here.

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I used to be a pastor in the metropolitan area for 10 years, but now I am a pastor at a local Christian church. I also run a travel agency and a farm. I myself have been empowered by various words, and I would like to convey hopeful words.

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埼玉県で10年間&北海道で10年間牧師の働きをしました。現在は神奈川県の教会で協力牧師をしています。私自身が様々なことば(特に聖書のことば)で力づけられてきたので、希望に満ちたことばをお伝えしたいと願っています。I used to be a pastor in Saitama prefecture for 10 years and Hokkaido for 10 years. Now I am a cooperating pastor in Kanagawa prefecture. I myself have been empowered by various words(especially Bible ), so I would like to tell the hopeful words. 


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