In honor of Women’s History Month, ladies enjoy this ”bad girl” series as we share our personal connections with women in the Bible who are notorious for being bad.
The serpent was clever, more clever than any wild animal God had made. He spoke to the Woman: “Do I understand that God told you not to eat from any tree in the garden?” The Woman said to the serpent, “Not at all. We can eat from the trees in the garden. It’s only about the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘Don’t eat from it; don’t even touch it or you’ll die.” The serpent told the Woman, “You won’t die. God knows that the moment you eat from that tree, you’ll see what’s really going on. You’ll be just like God, knowing everything, ranging all the way from good to evil.” When the Woman saw that the tree looked like good eating and realized what she would get out of it—she’d know everything!—she took and ate the fruit and then gave some to her husband, and he ate. (Genesis 3:1-6 MSG)
God commanded the Man, “You can eat from any tree in the garden, except from the Tree-of-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil. Don’t eat from it. The moment you eat from that tree, you’re dead.”(Genesis 2: 16-17 MSG)
These were the words that God spoke to Adam and Eve. Eve had access to everything in the garden except that tree, but that wasn’t enough. Not only was she tricked into eating off the tree but she persuaded Adam to follow suit.
How many times have you looked around and life was going well and you just had to stir up chaos? You looked around and your home life was good, your job was good, your children were good and it simply wasn’t enough. God gave you everything you needed and even some of your desires and you still sinned. I know I have been blessed beyond measure and yet there have been times when I still bit the forbidden fruit, which meant I indulged in sinful behaviors. I have walked out of the will of God knowing that He warned me, yet I figured that if I did it that one time it wouldn’t kill me. I am reminded of the people and I have been around and places I have been that I knew God told me not to visit. Yes, serpents (people) have slithered up to me and persuaded me to do things that were not pleasing to God.
The way the serpent made the fruit seem as if it was the best in the garden is the exact way Satan makes sin look. If sin showed its ugly, dark head do you really think people would still do it? Satan makes sin colorful, vibrant and inviting so that we can continue to do it. He even presents sin in such a way that makes us want to share it. I have been in Eve‘s shoes and I have not only bitten the fruit, but I have spiced it up so well that I have persuaded other people that just a little piece of sin wouldn’t hurt them either.
God called to the Man: “Where are you?” He said, “I heard you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked. And I hid.” God said, “Who told you were naked? Did you eat from that tree I told you not to eat from?” The Man said, “The Woman you gave me as a companion, she gave me fruit from the tree, and, yes, I ate it. God said to the Woman, “What is this that you’ve done?” “The serpent seduced me,” she said, “and I ate.” (Genesis 3: 9-13 MSG)
These verses remind me of times that I have done sinful things that were so shameful that I tried to hide from God. You cannot hide from God; He is omnipotent. When things have hit the fan, I too have been the ring leader and people turned me in. Even though Adam told God that Eve gave him the fruit, Eve still didn’t take responsibility for her actions. Instead, she chose to blame the serpent. Why do we think we can get away with that “blame the serpent” stuff, when we have power living in us? “Ye are of God, my little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4 ASV) Satan may be smart, cunning and clever but he is no match for God!
We can learn three basic, yet essential things from Naughty Girl Eve:
- If God forbids something, don’t do it!
- Sin looks, tastes, smell, sounds and feels good so beware!
- You can’t hide from God!
I know that I have sinned even when You have warned me. Thank You for allowing Your grace and mercy to protect me. Lord, continue to teach me to identify sin and run away from it. Thank You for teaching me that sin is inviting so I need to resist the devil so he can flee. Lord, thank You for continuously blessing me even when I felt it wasn’t enough. Continue giving me the knowledge and understanding to say no if You will not be pleased. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
To my Eves: I EMPOWER you to stand up against the devil and tell him you will not do anything that is not pleasing to God. Remember that sin was designed to persuade you to do something that is not pleasing to God. Ladies, don’t try to hide your wrongdoings from God because He already knows. Now is the time for you to repent of your sins and move towards living a life that is pleasing to God!
How has Eve’s story impacted your desire to please God by running from sinful circumstances?
Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” and Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”