Preface: “ ‘Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot, or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled’ ” (Matt. 5:17, 18, NKJV).
She is looking at a tree that fascinates her. It fascinates her not just because of its beauty and uniqueness but because she has been forbidden to eat its fruit. Suddenly she hears a voice. It is coming from an attractive creature, a serpent. This beautiful creature, with its deceptive tone, tries to get Eve to disrupt the happiness and peace of their Eden paradise. Her choice to eat from the forbidden tree resulted in severe consequences to all of humanity.
“No longer free to stir up rebellion in heaven, Satan’s enmity against God found a new field in plotting the ruin of the human race. In the happiness and peace of the holy pair in Eden he beheld a vision of the bliss that to him was forever lost. Moved by envy, he determined to incite them to disobedience, and bring upon them the guilt and penalty of sin. . . . Our first parents were not left without a warning of the danger that threatened them. Heavenly messengers opened to them the history of Satan’s fall and his plots for their destruction, unfolding more fully the nature of the divine government, which the prince of evil was trying to overthrow. It was by disobedience to the just commands of God that Satan and his host had fallen. How important, then, that Adam and Eve should honor that law by which alone it was possible for order and equity to be maintained.
“The law of God is as sacred as God Himself. It is a revelation of His will, a transcript of His character, the expression of divine love and wisdom.”1
“The angels warned [Adam and Eve] to be on their guard against the devices of Satan, for his efforts to ensnare them would be unwearied. While they were obedient to God the evil one could not harm them; for, if need be, every angel in heaven would be sent to their help. If they steadfastly repelled his first insinuations, they would be as secure as the heavenly messengers . . . .
“The tree of knowledge had been made a test of their obedience and their love to God. . . . Satan was not to follow them with continual temptations; he could have access to them only at the forbidden tree.”2
As Christians, each of us is faced with the same situation, the same choices. The choices we make will always bring consequences that are either life affirming or life denying. Even choosing not to choose is to make a choice. Humanity, in its closing scenes of Earth’s history is faced with two choices: allegiance to the Prince of Peace or allegiance to the prince of evil. What will be your daily choice?
1. Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 52.
2. Ibid., p. 53.