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The Fall

When Eve, and subsequently Adam, were convinced by the serpent to eat of the fruit of the tree in the midst of the garden, what was so special about the serpent's sales pitch? Having the benefit of hindsight and history, today we can look back and shake our heads at Adam and Eve in what is commonly known as the "Fall of Man" in Genesis 3:1-15. They had one rule to follow in the garden; they broke it. An ongoing battle between temptation and ourselves has persisted since "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed;" resulting ultimately in Satan's defeat but a perpetual thorn in our sides; "it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel" (Gen. 3:15). A bruise to the head of a serpent is mortal, whereas the bruise to the heel is a nagging, yet recoverable injury (i.e., repentance and forgiveness). So how did the serpent seal the deal to convince Eve to break the one rule? Examining this closely, the serpent offered only one new, unique sales pitch among the "usual suspects" of temptation. This sales pitch continues to "bruise our heel" to this day, often at the center of our bad decisions and sin.

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Ben McManus
(Woodland, AL)


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