WEEK 10: TEMPTATION
“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise and insightful, she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of the two of them were opened [that is, their awareness increased], and they knew that they were naked; and they fastened fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.”
We've learned about the snake and how crafty he when he was speaking to Adam and Eve.The snake told them that if only they’d eat from the tree that they weren’t supposed to eat from—then and only then would they be “like God.” We know that Adam and Eve were already like God because they were made in His image. The Snake was lying and trying to make Adam & Eve believe that God isn’t trustworthy. That God was holding out on them. That there’s more but they had to take it for themselves. Adam and Eve knew that they should not eat from the tree but the snake made it seem like the fruit from this forbidden tree was desirable. The fruit felt right for them to eat and they wanted it, even though God said no. We know that the desire for something wrong to be right is called temptation. Adam and Eve were so tempted by the fruit that they got tricked into making a wrong decision by the sneaky snake.
We know that everyone gets tempted to things that they should not do. However, even though we might feel like doing something wrong we do not need to act on it. When we choose to make a decision based on temptation that is called committing a sin. Sin usually looks like a good idea at the time, but after a while we see that there are consequences for those actions.
When we look at Jesus we see that He was also tempted by the enemy, but he chose to resist it. In Matthew 4, we learn that Jesus was in the wilderness and he was fasting for 40 days and nights. Fasting means that he was going without eating for a very long time in order to get closer to God. The enemy knew that Jesus was very hungry and tried to convince Him to turn the stones in the wilderness into bread. He decided not to eat in order to seek more of God, and He sure wasn’t going to listen to the tempter and disobey! Jesus told him,“It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Jesus knew God’s word and decided to let the enemy know that God’s words are truth. Unlike Adam and Eve, Jesus was sure about what God told Him and would not allow a Liar to trick him into believing anything else. As you read this story we see that the enemy continues to try to tempt Jesus and he resists Him. After a while the enemy leaves Him alone and angels surround Him.
The same way that Jesus resisted temptation is the same way that we can also resist the enemy. We might still face situations where temptation comes at us, but the Bible says that it doesn’t have power anymore. When we know that Jesus is our King, we don’t have to live under the thumb of sin or feel like we have to give in to temptation. Romans 6 says that it’s like sin and temptation speak a language that we don’t understand, but Jesus speaks our language! So we don’t have to be scared of sin or feel like there’s no way out—we can turn to God and find courage, love and grace!
GO A LITTLE DEEPER:
Is there a time where you have been tempted into doing something that you shouldn’t?
How do you think that God felt when Adam and Eve chose to give into temptation?
We have learned that even when we feel tempted to do something wrong that we don’t have to give into our feelings. How can we make sure that we resist temptation this week?
GO BIG + GO HOME!
Here are a couple of fun activities to help your little storymakers to further connect to what we have been uncovering about humans.
Create an Apple. You will need jumbo popsicle sticks, mini popsicle sticks, school glue, card stock (brown, red, green), and black marker
The Marshmallow Experiment. You will need a bag of jumbo marshmallows and a timer. Put a marshmallow in front of a child, tell them that they can have a second one if they can go 15 minutes without eating the first one, and then leave the room.
You can see who will be tempted to eat the marshmallow and who is able to resist.