Do You Notice Anything Fishy Here?

See if you can spot the differences between these two passages. When God originally placed Adam and Eve in the garden, he said to them:

And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ?You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 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.?

When the serpent tested Eve, she responded by saying:

We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ?You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.?

Notice anything fishy here? G.K. Beale does. He says of Eve:

It is more likely, however, that she either failed to remember God’s word accurately or intentionally changed it for her own purposes. The telltale sign of this is that each change appears to have theological significance. First, she minimizes their privileges by saying merely, “We may eat,” whereas God had said, “You may eat freely”; second, she minimizes the judgment by saying, “You will die,” whereas God said, “You will surely die,”; third, she maximizes the prohibition by affirming, “You shall not…touch,” whereas God originally said only,”You shall not eat.” (A New Testament Biblical Theology, pg. 35)

This paragraph hit me like a punch in the gut. Whenever we tamper with God’s word or forget God’s word, we are in serious danger of temptation! Hiding God’s word in our hearts is what protects us from temptation.

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