Don’t Take The Bait
-Recap Written By Damian Harrison
Scriptural References: Genesis 2:25, 3:1-7
Sometimes in life, we are sold on the premise of the “bait and switch” technique, which is defined as “the action (generally illegal) of advertising goods that are an apparent bargain, with the intention of substituting inferior or more expensive goods.” This practice is most commonly used in the world of retail sales to lure customers in only to pressure them into buying something else. Not only is this common in retail, the enemy often uses this approach to lure us away from the will of God in our lives. This scheme certainly applies to the fall of man due to the actions of Adam and Eve.
Pastor Tony opened up by referencing the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis 2:25 in which “Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” The verse highlights that Adam and Eve were not only naked but unashamed. Since they were new creations, they knew no different. They possessed no knowledge of “normalcy,” only what God had allowed them to experience – nakedness. For them, nakedness was normal. This is illustration also applies to us, when we are in the beginning of our relationship with God. We are fresh and innocent without preconceived notion.
However, the innocence of Adam and Eve was short-lived. In Genesis 3:1, Eve fell victim to a clever serpent that challenged the idea that they were not to eat from the tree of Knowledge and Wisdom. Although, thru Adam, Eve knew that God forbade them to eat from the tree, she fell victim to the trick of the serpent. Simply stated,” Eve took the bait!”
How was the serpent able to trick Eve into taking the bait? Pastor Tony broke the serpent’s approach into three parts in which he broke down the tactic of the enemy in deceiving Adam and Eve. The first trick that the serpent used against Eve was “the lie.” The serpent overstated what God said. He caused her to ponder and re-think what God said. Where God placed a period, the serpent placed a question in Eve’s mind. By doing so, he planted seeds of uncertainty and doubt within her head. This approach is the same that he takes today. His job is to get us to question the things that should be absolute in our lives. However, this can only occur if we do as Eve did and give an ear to the enemy.
The second trick that the enemy used against Eve was to create a perceived sense of lack. He strategically attacked Eve’s mind by using the matter that affected her heart against her. He used that to his advantage. Although Eve did try to refute and correct the tricks of the enemy by making known God’s specific instructions, it was too late. He’d already planted the seed within her brain due to her “open to listen.”
The third tactic used by the enemy is that he appealed to Eve’s pride and ego. Knowing that he had already planted a seed of doubt within her head, he used it to further advance his mission. He blatantly refuted God’s instructions by telling them that they will not die. Specifically, in Genesis 3: 4 , the serpent stated, “You will not
certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. In verse 5, he made them question God’s intentions as to why they should not eat from the tree. He told them,” You will be like God, knowing good and evil.” With this tactic, he also distracted Eve from the freedom that she already possessed. He appealed to her pride and desire to “know more.” Eve failed by not asking questions of the serpent and simply took his word as truth.
To Eve, the tree represented wisdom- something that she coveted and lusted for. It appealed to a part of her that represented God. The Bible states, “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. “ As a result of their of disobedience, Adam and Eve forfeited their relationship with the tree of life (God) to take on a relationship with wisdom.
In closing, know what gifts you possess. By being in tune with the Holy Spirit regarding God’s plan and purpose for your life, you can avoid the tricks of the enemy. A tree that is firmly planted cannot be moved. Had Adam and Eve been attuned to the tricks of the enemy and his desire to “bait and switch” them into disobedience, they would not have jeopardized their relationship with the Creator. In our own lives, we must always be aware and alert to avoid falling into the traps set forth by the enemy. If you fall victim to the tricks of the enemy, you will find yourself in a position similar to Adam and Eve – outside of the will of God for your