Valid At Participating Restaurants (Genesis 3:1-5)

I use a food delivery service app at least once a month that delivers food from participating restaurants. I was quite satisfied with their services and never had a complaint. Thus, when I saw a new offer on their website, offering an even better deal, I was intrigued. If I paid $50, I would have the delivery fees waived for an entire year. However, when I read the fine print, it told a different tale. “Only valid at participating restaurants.”

Interesting. The only way one would know that a restaurant was participating would be to place an order and then see if the delivery charge was waived. If it was not, one could choose to pay the delivery fee or find another restaurant that does participate in the program. It wasn’t quite a bait and switch but the deal was certainly not as alluring as it initially appeared.

The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the LORD God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’” “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” 

Genesis 3:1-5 (NLT)

Adam and Eve lived in the garden of Eden. It was paradise on earth. All of their needs were provided by God. What more could they possibly desire? What about being like God? Satan offered what seemed like an even better deal than the situation they were currently in. Sadly, they accepted the offer and discovered to their horror that it was not as alluring as it initially appeared. Everyone bears the mark of sin that entered into humanity by their decision. 

Every day we are faced with tempting and alluring deals that appear to better our current situation. Most are innocent but always be wary of the guile of Satan who prowls amongst us like a lion, seeking to devour the unsuspecting. 

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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