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Biblical Foundations Temptation – Part 2. Objectives To confirm that the source of the temptation of Adam and Eve and ourselves is our lust and not Satan– we can’t say ‘Satan made me do it’. He does, however question, contradict and malign God.

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Biblical foundations temptation part 2

Biblical FoundationsTemptation – Part 2

Objectives

To confirm that the source of the temptation of Adam and Eve and ourselves is our lust and not Satan– we can’t say ‘Satan made me do it’. He does, however question, contradict and malign God.

To emphasize the importance of firstly wanting to be obedient to God and secondly using His Word as tools against temptation

To recognize that, because Adam and Eve in their innocence could not stand against their temptation, neither can we

To understand that we inherited a sin nature from the fall which consists of:

Knowledge of good and evil (we will want to act like we are God),

Knowledge of self (this will give us concern for self), and

Fear of God because of sin (which breeds enmity against God)

To convince ourselves that we need the ‘God Factor’ to resist temptation

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Summary of last week temptation part 1

Summary of Last WeekTemptation Part 1

Lust – strong desire, craving, longing (especially for what is forbidden): KJV - concupiscence, desire, lust (after). Vine: Denotes "strong desire" of any kind, the various kinds being frequently specified by some adjective ..The word is used of a good desire [in three places only]….Everywhere else it has a bad sense

Lust used in a positive sense

Luke 22:15 And he said unto them, With desire [with lust] I have desired [lusted] to eat this passover with you before I suffer:

Phil 1:23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire [lust] to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

1 Thess 2:17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire [lust].

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Summary of last week temptation part 11

Summary of Last Week Temptation – Part 1

James 1:12-15 Blessed is the man that endurethtemptation[testing, trying]: for when he is tried[to prove with view to approval], he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

13 Let no man say when he is tempted [tested, tried], I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: [the thought here is that God does not tempt with evil]

14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away[lured from his covert, from his hiding place, from the safety of his self-restraint]

of his own lust[strong desires, often arising from our sin nature]

and enticed [lured by bait].

15 Then when lust hath conceived [to clasp, seize, take one as a prisoner], it bringeth forth sin [an inward element producing acts]: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

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Biblical foundations temptation part 21

Biblical Foundations Temptation – Part 2

Bible Reading: Genesis 3:1-6; Matthew 4:1-11

The Temptation of Adam and Eve

What tempted the woman?

Would Eve have had a conscience before the fall?

What was the role of Satan in the fall?

The Temptation of Christ

The Temptation of humans

What have we received from Adam and Eve?

What have we received from Christ?

What about temptations for Christians?

Conclusion

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1a with what was eve tempted things of the world

1a. With What Was Eve Tempted?--Things of the World

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Gen 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, [lust of the flesh] and that it was pleasant to the eyes, [lust of the eyes] and a tree to be desired to make one wise, [pride of life] she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

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1b the temptation of eve

1b. The Temptation of Eve

Would She Have Had A Conscience At This Time?

As we discussed previously, she knew good and thus she would have known ‘not good’ (i.e. evil). However she wouldn’t have known the consequences of disobedience except by what God and Satan said.

Rom 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

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1c what was the role of satan in the temptation of adam and eve

1c. What Was The Role of Satan InThe Temptation Of Adam And Eve?

The Serpent

Two main titles that fit his activity here:

Satan The ‘Adversary’ - of God and man (Job 1:6-13; Zech 3:1)

Devil - meaning "slanderer" or "false accuser.”

In Contrast:

1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Advocate: summoned, called to one's side, especially called to one's aid; to plead another's case before a judge or anyone and, in the widest sense, a helper, succorer, aider, assistant; so of the Holy Spirit [Comforter].

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1c what was the role of satan in the temptation of adam and eve1

1c. What Was the Role of Satan InThe Temptation Of Adam And Eve?

The Serpent

Genesis 3:1 “Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of ever tree of the garden?”

S. Lewis Johnson(www.sljinstitute.net/sermons/old_testament/pentateuch/pages/genesis8.html)

"Yea, have God said, is it really true?" The Hebrew text gives you that kind of a tone, is it really true that God has said you shall not eat of any tree of the garden. And this is the most disastrous dialog in human history. And it is initiated by the devil about God and in the third person. I think it is significant that it is in the third person.

First person: The use of I, me, my, mine, we and other first-person pronouns

Second person: You and your

Third person: From the point of view of the outside, looking in: he, she, it

“Many discussions about God become discussions about God and the third person. And so, people are talking about God, but who do not have any real personal relationship to him. Now it is perfectly alright to discuss God in the third person, but those discussions ought to tend to become expressions of relationship to him in the second and first person.”

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The role of satan in the temptation of adam and eve

The Role of Satan In The Temptation Of Adam And Eve

Why the Serpent and not Satan?

A tool of Satan; God does not want us to have the excuse that ‘Satan made me do it’ if he came personally. Does he come as himself and not in others?

How does Satan come? – As an angel of light (2 Cor 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.) – Satan comes as a past believer in God. He can acknowledge God but won’t give Him glory.

Steps Satan used:

Questioned the Word of God - Verse 3:1 “Yea, hath God said” (Doesn’t begin with denial of God or what He said). Same method is used by cults

Directly contradicted the Word of God - Verse 3:4 “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:” The first lie in the Bible John 8:44 “Ye are of your father the devil, …. for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

Maligned God; He wants to with hold something from them -Verse 3:5 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.

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1e the essence of sin the temptation of adam and eve

1e. The Essence Of Sin - The Temptation Of Adam And Eve

Impressions Satan left

The knowledge of good and evil is what makes God

Adam and Eve could know good and evil as well as God does

God is jealous of His knowledge of good and evil so doesn’t want us to have it

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1f would eve have fallen to temptation without satan

1f. Would Eve Have Fallen to Temptation Without Satan?

We can only speculate. I would say yes. Notice what Eve said:

Gen 3:3 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.

There is no reference to God saying that “neither shall ye touch it”.

So Eve did not care enough to remember what God said. And she should have remembered since it wasn’t as if it wasn’t that long ago she was told (last time we pointed out that some say hours, some say days, some say up to a month; but certainly not more than a year).

Eve did remember generally that there was something about the fruit but not the specifics. If that is how we remember what God says, we can be sure that we will fall as well – with or without Satan’s temptation!

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2 the temptation of christ

2. The Temptation of Christ

Look at the importance of the Word of God in our Lord’s Temptation

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2a the temptation of christ

2a.The Temptation of Christ

Temptation 1

Matt 4:3 If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

What Kind of Temptation? – Lust of the Flesh

(1) Satan tried to get Christ to Question –Distrust in God’s provision and ways, i.e.Unbelief - Notice “If ” – Characteristic of unbelief and Satan’s methods

(2) Satisfy desire by using His power

Defense – God First then What Does God Say (His Word)?

Matt 4:4 It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Rom 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

1 Peter 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

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2b the temptation of christ

2b. The Temptation of Christ?

Temptation 2

Matt 4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

What kind of temptation?

Again, Satan tried to get Christ to question God and His word – This is the other extreme of unbelief; presuming upon or testing God – not believing Him and that His way is best- ultimately to satisfy pride of life

Defense – God First and Then What Does God Say (His Word)?

Matt 4:7 It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Ex 17:2 Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the Lord?

Ps 78:41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.

1 Cor 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.

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2c the temptation of christ

2c. The Temptation of Christ?

Temptation 3

Matt 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

What Temptation? (1) Pride of life

Defense – God First and Then What Does God Say (His Word)?

Matt 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

Mark 10:43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.

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2d the temptation of christ

2d. The Temptation of Christ

Matt 4:9 …And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

Temptation 3

Does the end justify the means?Where is our God and faith in the matter?

Defense - God First and Then What Does God Say (His Word) ?

Matt 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Rom 3:8 And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.

Ex 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

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2e temptation of christ was it a real temptation

2e. Temptation of Christ – Was it a Real Temptation?

God (Christ) cannot be tempted with evil (James 1:15) so was this a real temptation?

The answer is yes – He had to be tempted as we are

Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Remember, though, that ‘temptation’ really means ‘testing’. Jesus really was very hungry – just as we are (Matt 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred). So He had a very strong desire (lust) for food. In this respect He was tempted or tested.

There is Nothing in Christ Which Responds to Evil

Jesus could not be tempted (tested) by evil (James 1:13)– He can only do what is right.

John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

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4 conclusions

4. Conclusions

The Tempation of Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve sinned because of the lust of the flesh

Satan was involved in the Temptation (questioned, contradicted, maligned God) but they would have fallen anyway

The Temptation of Christ

Christ was tempted (tried) by Satan’s appeal to the flesh.

Satan could find nothing in Christ to tempt Him.

Christ resisted temptation because His purpose was to do the Father’s will. He quoted Scripture to Satan to defeat him.

Our Temptations

We have indwelling sin which has as its roots the principles: 1) we act like gods, 2) we are aware of, and cater to self, and 3) we fear God and thus actively oppose Him and are enemies of God and the law

We will sin even as Christians without the ‘God factor’ (Christ living in us, walking in the Spirit, in other words God with us)

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