It Was Pleasant to the Eyes
“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
Genesis 3:6 (KJV)
In this passage, we see the final leg of Satan’s plan unfolding. Satan had planted the seed of doubt, questioned the authority of the Word of God, made a contradictory statement to the Word of God, and told a lie, all in an attempt to convince mankind to eat of the forbidden tree. But it was not the Devil that caused Adam and Eve to sin. It was their own lust.
“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food…” The first thing that caused Eve to sin was because she saw that the tree looked good. The fruit was ripe, just like all the other fruit in the garden, and the warning of God became null in her mind because at this point, she saw nothing physically wrong with the tree.
“…and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise…” At this point, Eve became covetous. No longer did she desire to be with God and walk with Him. Instead, she wanted to be wise and she wanted to know both evil and good, just as the devil had told her. This is what caused her to sin in Genesis 3:6 (b).
“…she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” What a sad, sad day. At this moment, sin has entered the world because of the foolish decision of mankind. The devil has accomplished exactly what he wanted. He had caused mankind to rebel against God and he had caused them to know both good and evil, just like God.
Sin changes everything. At the moment that Adam and Eve ate the fruit, everything changed. Everything became tainted with sin. Man was now separated from God, and no longer had the privilege of open fellowship with Him, all because of one foolish decision.
May we look at Adam and Eve as an example; may we never give into temptation, knowing that the “pleasures of sin” last only for a season, and that EVERY sin, no matter how small we think it is, has consequences. May we be valiant in our faith and may we stand firm on the Word of Truth, that we would not give in to the Devil’s schemes.