Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
"Your eyes are bound to be opened and you are bound to be like God, knowing good and bad" (Genesis 3:5)
Satan succeeded in influencing Adam and Eve to rebel against Jehovah's rulership. That rebellion constituted a challenge to God's sovereignty. In what way? By telling Eve that she 'positively would not die' if she ate the forbidden fruit, Satan insinuated that Jehovah was untrustworthy. Satan also suggested that Adam and Eve could do better by ignoring God's command and going their independent way. (Genesis 3:1-6) That was a direct challenge to the rightfulness of God's rule. What would Jehovah do? Jehovah showed that he was in full control of the situation when he took immediate action and pronounced judgement upon the rebels. He pronounced Adam and Eve unworthy of the gift of everlasting life, and He drove them out of the garden of Eden - Genesis 3:16-19, 22-24.
(Watchtower issue: 12/01/07, 1:7, 8)