Putting A Spin On God’s Word - The One Year Women of the Bible
Putting a Spin on God’s Word
Read: Genesis 3:1-7
Marlene threw the newspaper down in disgust and started pacing back and forth. As a first-time candidate for mayor, she had jumped at the chance to share her views. The reporter, apparently, had his own agenda—changing a word here and there and leaving out some comments. Next time, Marlene would ask to see the article before publication, and she would go over it word for word.
When Satan wanted Eve to disobey God, his first step was to distort God’s words. The serpent asked, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” Eve corrected his misquote, and then added a phrase that was not in God’s original command (see Genesis 2:16-17), saying that they must not “even touch” the tree in the middle of the Garden. Eve’s careless misrepresentation of God’s command encouraged Satan. He denied that disobedience would lead to death, and he questioned God’s motives.
Today we have the awesome privilege of access to the entire Word of God in written form, yet it’s easier than ever for Satan to make us question what God has said. Many people add to, water down, twist, or reinterpret the Bible to suit their personal opinions or desires. Did God really say . . . that sex outside of the marriage relationship is wrong . . . that hell is an actual place . . . that Jesus is the only way to God? Some people listen to speakers or read books about the Bible without ever studying it for themselves.
When Satan tried to get Jesus to distort God’s Word, Jesus repelled his efforts by quoting appropriate Scripture back to him (see Matthew 4:1-11). If we want to live in a way that’s pleasing to God, we need to have his Spirit living in us and we need to study his Word continually. When Satan comes to trick us, we can be ready to quote Scripture—preferably word for word.
I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.