Pride was the “First Door” Satan opened, but this study is about the first door that Adam and Eve opened.
1 John 2:16 – For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of this world.
Those are the three major doors that the enemy comes in through. Pride of life was covered in the past studies, so this study is the “Lust of the Eyes.” Hopefully, we learn how to deal with this. When we saw that we began to trust in our own strength, righteousness, and wisdom, pride will develop and hopefully we will see how the lust of the eyes can manifest in three different ways.
Genesis 3:1 – 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’?” (The first thing that Satan did was to cast doubt on the Word of God.) (Verse 2) And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit of the trees of the garden; (Verse 3) “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.’ ” (Verse 4) And then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. (Verse 5) “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.
Satan directly contradicted the Word of God. Implying, God didn’t mean what He said. (Verse 6) 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.
Satan’s strategy is to simply get us to doubt what God has said. Does he do the same today? You bet he does because it always works when a person doubts God’s word to be true. This tree was not the only tree that was pleasant to the eyes. Genesis 2:9 – And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. Satan convinced Eve that there was something different, more pleasant about this tree. The word “pleasant” can mean greed, lust or desire. Eve thought that something else would bring her pleasure, more than what she already had. Satan made Eve think that God was holding out on her – Greed.
So why would God put a tree that no one could touch in the midst of the garden? According to Deuteronomy 8, it is to test us so that He can bless us. God blesses us when we believe; He blesses us when we live by faith. When He tells us to do something and we do it, then we are blessed.
All through Scripture the number 10 represents a test. Tithe is a tenth; 10 plagues; 10 commandments; Jacobs wages were changed 10 times, and so on. Every time we should tithe, it is a test of whether we give a tenth or not. Do we believe the 90% that is left is enough for our things we need to pay?
There were two trees: The tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The tree of life and the tree of death. God said this one tree is not good for you to eat of, but Satan said, “Oh yes it is!”
And then Cain does the same thing. The tithe was also represented through the “first-born” and the first fruits.” Exodus 13:2 – “Sanctify to Me all the first-born, whatever opens the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and animal; it is Mine.” Exodus 23:19 – “The first of the first fruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the LORD your God…
When the Bible talks about the tithe, it always uses the word “bring” not “give, because we can’t give what doesn’t belong to us. It is a return to God.
There are Christians today that do not believe that we are supposed to tithe. However, this is one of God’s principles that goes all through Scripture. It goes all the way back to Cain and Able. The word tithe, appears 8 times in the New Testament. It doesn’t mean that because it only appears 8 times that its alright to ignore it. We are most like God when we give, and most like Satan when we steal.
Malachi 3:7 – Yet from the days of your fathers you have gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD of hosts. “But you said, ‘In what way shall we return?’ (Verse 8) “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. (Verse 9) You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation. (Verse 10) Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.
Look what God will do for us if we do what He says: (Verse 11) “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sake’s, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” says the LORD of hosts; (Verse 12) “And all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land,” says the LORD of hosts.
God uses the word “rob.” There is a difference between thievery and robbery: God says robbed, because God was in the house when they stole from him. A thief takes when no one is home. Everything is not going to go perfect in our life just because we tithe, but God will rebuke the devourer. And the last open door:
Luke 22:3 – Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve. (Verse 4) So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him to them. (Verse 5) And they were glad, and agreed to give him money.
There is a good possibility that fear opened the door to the enemy in Judas’ life. John 12:1 – Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. (Verse 2) There they made Him a supper; and Martha served but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. (Verse 3) Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. (Verse 4) Then one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, (Verse 5) “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” (Verse 6) This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money-box; and he used to take what was put in it.
Judas would take money out of the offering box. That money in the offering box belongs to God. So, is it the same when we don’t put money in the offering box, as if we took some out? Are we when we don’t tithe, becoming thieves and giving Satan the right to enter us?
Judas was afraid that Jesus wasn’t going to set up an earthly kingdom. People don’t tithe a lot of times because of fear of the future: “Will I have enough?”
Matthew 26:15 – And (Judas) said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.
Matthew 27:3 – Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, (Verse 4) saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!” (Verse 5) Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself. (Verse 6) But the chief priest took the silver pieces and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood.”
Do you know where the priests got the thirty pieces of silver in the first place to give Judas? Out of the treasury! They wouldn’t put it back so they went and bought a field with it. They took the tithe money to betray Jesus with. Thirty pieces of silver was the price of a slave.
Not too long ago I had a tremendous fear that if I tithed the 10% I wouldn’t have enough to pay the rest of my bills. Money kept getting tighter and tighter. I had to either trust God that He would supply all my needs or continue in this fear, which I was sick of. When I started to be obedient, little by little that fear of never having enough started to disappear. Little by little, week after week that door I had opened to the enemy was closing.
If we trusted the Lord for our salvation, why would we not trust Him to provide? Do you know that if every single believer would tithe the 10% in their local church, there would be no need for the government assistance.
Malachi 3:10 – “Bring ye the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house! Don’t leave a door open for the enemy to come in.