Evil Wasn’t God’s Perfect Will

by James Tissot

James Tissot “Temptation of Adam and Eve”



God created the beautiful Garden of Eden: a perfect place for perfect people. In addition to its beauty, God made trees to produce any food man would need to eat. But in the midst of the garden was the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and of its fruit they were not to eat. All God asked man to do was care for the garden and not eat fruit of that one tree.

God even came in cool of the day and walked with Adam, and knowing man’s aloneness, God took a rib from Adam’s side and made him a companion whom Adam named Eve. The man and woman were content, but earlier Satan tried to make himself equal with God, and was cast from heaven. Perhaps still angry at God, Satan would do all within his evil power to thwart God’s plans. Therefore, seeing the perfect lives of the man and woman, Satan came as a serpent and tempted the woman.

Genesis 3: 4-7 “Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die.  For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’  So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.”

Have you wondered why Satan tempted the woman instead of the man? Was it because he knew if he deceived the woman, she would influence the man to yield to his temptation, also? We do not know, but many eons later Satan still many times get to the man through a women.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You know all things, and knew that man would sin against You; yet You created him and placed him in a perfect place and gave him a choice. Throughout the ages man has exercised that gift, but still many misuse it. Thank You for your gift of life and all blessings, I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.



Doris Lisemby


Painting by James Tissot “Adam Is Tempted by Eve” in Public Domain