Planning is an important aspect of an endeavor. The best of us are the efficient planners who can also retool on the fly. I remember stories of great war generals, men of simple and sublime strategies, who also had a high adaptability index. They took what the field gave them and turned it for their good.
Well, great scams also have those features. They are usually thoroughly planned, but at the same time, they have a high adaptability index. And no, I am not here to teach us how to run a great scam. Far from it. Be rest assured.
Enter the garden of Eden. A conversation was preserved for our understanding. It was one between the Serpent and Eve.
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?Genesis 3:1-5
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
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.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
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.
Notice the devil was the first to broker a conversation. He came prepared for it. He quickly eliminated the grounds for denial and narrowed down her pool of possible responses. He opened the conversation with a Yea, affirming that he had a good and correct base to prosecute the current conversation. Why? The subsequent statement is revealing: “Hath God said, Ye, shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
You see, he wasn’t asking if God said anything. Neither was he asking what God said. He was taking away her options. He asked her if God said something specific. He had her where he wanted her to be. But you see, he wasn’t guessing – well, not entirely. He didn’t know what God told Adam, and by extension what Eve knew. But he was banking on two things;
First, God is a God of law and order, therefore He must have given some form of law or the other concerning the garden.
Second, above all else, God must have connected his most critical law to the trees in the garden, for not all trees are the same.
This is true to life. God is a God of law and order. For every time he engages man, he introduces laws, principles, and instructions that govern and determine the bounds and possibilities of that man. This is consistent with the person of God. Every time you find a lawless individual, you have met an individual that does not know God. So we find that the instructions of God to our lives are the fronts and grounds of the contest.
Our partnership and participation with God are built upon our understanding and compliance with his laws. This is a spiritual truth and on the day the devil shows up, he will waste no time in getting down to business.
In my next post, I hope by God’s grace to peel back another layer of this great scam.