~ This blog post is an adapted excerpt from a sermon by Brad Ettore. You can hear the whole sermon, The Role of Humility in Our Lives (part 2), from Agathos Church – a non-denominational Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio by clicking here.
Continuing our study of humility, let’s take a look at Genesis chapter 3 . . . where humility was lost.
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 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.” (Gen. 3:1-5)
In light of our last blog post (and Isaiah 14:12-15), think about who this serpent is who is speaking slimy lies to Eve. It is satan! It is Lucifer. It is the fallen archangel. The one who had decided: “‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.” (Isa. 14:13-14) Notice, therefore, in Genesis 3, that satan tries to entice Eve to be like God! (v.5) Sound familiar?!?! Satan breathed the poison of his pride into Eve’s ears and she breathed it in and let it soak into her heart.
As a result of being sieged by pride, Adam and Eve fell from a place of endless intelligence, endless joy, endless peace, and PERFECT communion with God . . . to this low, wretched, fearful state, that man – apart from God – is still in today. The desire to be like God is pride, and pride is the desire to be in control. In that moment, when God’s very own creation (Adam and Eve) desired to be like Him, when the created desired to usurp the authority of the creator, when the Father’s children desired to take control, when – in their hearts – they stepped out of their position and tried to take God’s . . . they lost something called HUMILITY.
Humility a beautiful, protective, and powerful virtue, but it is not guaranteed. It was lost by Adam and Eve. And it can be regained by us. More to come in this series . . .