According to Genesis 2, God gave Adam the command about the fruit of the trees before He created Eve. Therefore, Adam relayed these commands to Eve. When Satan tempted Eve in Genesis 3, he began with “Indeed, has God said?” planting doubt in Eve’s mind about what God had commanded through Adam. Eve lost the struggle and gave in to the temptation.
Jesus, being a descendant of David, received the Law of Moses from his family and community. When He was tempted, He held fast to what God had spoken and had been recorded in Scripture by Jews who had lived long before Jesus. Thus Jesus overcame the temptation to doubt the word of God by clinging to what He had memorized of the written word of God.
Thus both Eve and Jesus were tested regarding words of God that had been relayed to them by others. Jesus had a written record of what God had said, which apparently Eve did not. We who live today have an even fuller written record than Jesus did (for He only had what we call the Old Testament and we also have the New). Let us therefore resist temptation as Jesus taught us to do by referring to the sure and certain written word of God.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.