The Desire

The Desire

In Genesis 3:6-7.

When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasing to the eyes and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. M127

Three things went into the decision-making process for the woman before she ate of the fruit.

  1. The tree was good for food
  2. It was pleasing to the eyes
  3. And desirable to make one wise

Since the fruit from the tree was good for food, and it looked good, the desire to make one wise was not only conceived, but it became attainable. In James 1:15 (NIV), we learn that, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. N3

This was not known to the woman at the time because she was free from sin, but something we have all come to learn as a result. The motivation for the woman came from these words of the serpent in Genesis 3:4-5.

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that on the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” M128

The knowledge that the fruit would make the woman like God seemed desirable. The motivation for this desire can be found in John 1:5 as we learn this about God.

This then is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. M129

The woman being in a human body, wanted to be like the light of God. We know that as we reach the times spoken about in Daniel 12:3.

Those who are wise shall shine as the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who turn the many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever. M130

It is during this time that we will see the seed of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, eaten by the woman and the man bear its fruit.

We are told this in Daniel 12:4.

But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” M131

The fruit of knowledge is knowing that which is good and evil. As we get closer to the end, many shall run to and fro as good, and evil shall increase.

Those that are good and wise in the Word of God will fulfill the prophecy stated in Daniel 12:3.

Those who are wise shall shine as the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who turn the many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever. M132

Daniel was told this in Daniel 12:13.

“But as for you, go your way until the end. Then you shall rest and rise again for your lot at the end of the age.” M133

We also know from Daniel 12:2.

Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, but others to shame and everlasting contempt. M134

If we pay very close attention to the words written, we will notice that many who sleep in the dust of the earth are resting and waiting for the appointed time. We find this spoken about in Revelation 6:9-11.

When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony they had held. They cried out with a loud voice, “How long, O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then a white robe was given to each of them, and they were told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers should be completed, who would be killed as they were. M135

Death was introduced to this world due to the action of one man. It wasn’t the woman that brought death to the world, but the man.

In Genesis 2:15-17.

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” M136

What we will notice in the following passage from Genesis 3:6-7 is that the truth about their appearance was not revealed to them until her husband also ate it.

When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasing to the eyes and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. M137

The eyes of both were opened when her husband ate of the fruit. Until that time, when she ate the fruit, she did not die, nor did she gain any knowledge of good and evil, for her eyes did not open and remained closed to the knowledge of good and evil.

HER EYES REMAINED CLOSED TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL

To understand why the eyes of the woman did not open when she ate of the fruit, we need to remember where the eyes are.

The eyes are always found in the head of the body, and as written in 1 Corinthians 11:3.

But I would have you know that the head of the woman is the man, the head of every man is Christ, and the head of Christ is God. M138

The head of the woman is the man, so when he ate of the fruit, then both eyes were opened. The temptation to be knowledgeable like God was the weakness the serpent exploited.

THE TEMPTATION TO BE KNOWLEDGEABLE LIKE GOD WAS THE WEAKNESS THE SERPENT EXPLOITED

In 1 Peter 3:7, we read these words.

Likewise, you husbands, live considerately with your wives, giving honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they too are also heirs of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. M139

The truth that was revealed when Adam ate of the fruit was that her husband held the keys to keeping their eyes covered. It is this key that helps us understand the meaning of 1 Corinthians 11:7-10.

For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, because he is the image and glory of God. But the woman is the glory of the man. The man is not from the woman, but the woman from the man. The man was not created for the woman, but the woman for the man. For this reason, the woman ought to have a veil of authority over her head, because of the angels. M140

In 1 Corinthians 11:10, it says.

For this reason, the woman ought to have a veil of authority over her head, because of the angels. M141

The profoundness of this statement needs to be understood. First, we need to understand that the woman was created for the man.

In Genesis 2:18.

Then Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him.” M142

And from Genesis 2:21-23, we know that,

So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept. Then He took one of his ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man, He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.

Then Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she will be called Woman, for she was taken out of Man.” M143

Therefore this is why in 1 Corinthians 11:8, it says.

The man is not from the woman, but the woman from the man. M144

And why in 1 Corinthians 11:10, it says.

For this reason the woman ought to have a veil of authority over her head, because of the angels. M145

This was all because she was deceived by the serpent. In Revelation 20:2, we learn that.

He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. M146

The veil of authority is to protect the woman from the subtle tactics of certain angels and the protection that is passed from the Father (God) to the Son (Jesus) and then to man.

We know that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light, and the veil of protection is there to prevent deceit. It is in 2 Corinthians 11:1-15, that we find the reason for the veil explained.

I would to God you could bear with me a little in my folly. Indeed, bear with me. For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy. For I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear that somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve through his trickery, so your minds might be led astray from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might submit to it readily enough.

For I think I am not in any way inferior to the most eminent of the apostles. Even though I am unpolished in speech, yet I am not in knowledge. All things about us have been thoroughly revealed to you. Did I commit a sin in abasing myself that you might be exalted, because I preached to you the gospel of God free of charge? I robbed other churches by accepting wages from them to serve you. Furthermore, when I was present with you and was lacking, I was a burden to no one. For the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied what I lacked. In all things I have kept myself from being burdensome to you, and so will I keep myself. As the truth of Christ is in me, no one shall stop me from this boasting in the regions of Achaia. Why? Because I do not love you? God knows.

And I will continue doing what I am doing, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be found equal to us in what they boast about. For such are false apostles and deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore, it is no great thing if his ministers also disguise themselves as ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. M147

To truly understand this, we first need to understand the meaning of the word authority. In Merriam-Webster, authority is defined as follows:

  • the power to give orders or make decisions
  • the power or right to direct or control someone or something
  • the confident quality of someone who knows a lot about something or who is respected or obeyed by other people
  • an individual cited or appealed to as an expert
  • freedom granted by one in authority
  • persons in command MW13

We need to understand the type of authority that is spoken about in 1 Corinthians 11:10.

For this reason the woman ought to have a veil of authority over her head, because of the angels. M148

The type of authority that the woman should have is a veil, and in Merriam-Webster, a veil is defined as:

  • a piece of cloth or net worn usually by women over the head and shoulders and sometimes over the face
  • something that covers or hides something else
  • a concealing curtain or cover of cloth MW14

Before we go deeper into understanding the type of authority that a woman should have, we have to understand what type of authority they both have been given.

But both man and woman have been given this authority by God as recorded in Genesis 1:28.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” M149

We need to first distinguish between power and authority for us to truly comprehend not only the difference but the gift each has over our lives.

The word power is defined in Merriam-Webster as:

  • ability to act or produce an effect
  • legal or official authority, capacity, or right
  • possession of control, authority, or influence over others
  • physical might
  • mental or moral efficacy MW15

Although power and authority seem to be similar, they are quite different. Power is the ability to carry out a command; authority is the ability to enforce a command.

POWER IS THE ABILITY TO CARRY OUT A COMMAND; AUTHORITY IS THE ABILITY TO ENFORCE IT

When we now look at the words of Paul in Ephesians 1:15-21, we can begin to understand the meaning of power.

Therefore I also, after hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, mentioning you in my prayers, so that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, that the eyes of your understanding may be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of His calling and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance among the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He performed in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principalities, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. M150

In 1 Corinthians 4:6-21, we get some fascinating insight into power.

Brothers, I have figuratively applied these things to myself and to Apollos for your sakes, so that you may learn from us not to think of men above that which is written, and that not one of you would be arrogant for one against another. For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you received it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?

Now you are full, now you are rich; you have begun reigning as kings without us, and I wish to God you reigned, so that we also might reign with you. For I think that God has exhibited us, the apostles, last, as if we were sentenced to death. For we have been made a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are honorable, but we are despised. Even to this present hour we both hunger and thirst, and are poorly clothed and beaten and homeless. We labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless. Being persecuted, we endure. Being slandered, we encourage. We are made as the filth of the world, and are the refuse of all things to this day.

I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you. For if you were to have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers. In Christ Jesus I have become a father to you through the gospel. So I implore you, be followers of me. Therefore, I have sent Timothy to you. He is my beloved son and is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.

Now some are arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. But I will come to you shortly if the Lord wills. And I will know not only what those who are arrogant are saying, but also their power. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. What do you desire? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and in the spirit of meekness? M151

THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NOT IN WORD, BUT IN POWER

If we look at another translation of 1 Corinthians 4:20 (NIV), we learn this.

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. N4

The power of the kingdom of God can only be released by those who have the authority to do so. The question we need to ask ourselves is, do we have the power of the kingdom of God with us?

In Luke 10:17-19, we learn.

The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us through Your name.”

He said to them, “I saw Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Look, I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. And nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” M152

Jesus gave His authority to those that He had commissioned and appointed. These have become like ambassadors to the kingdom of God for Jesus Christ, as written in 2 Corinthians 5:20.

So we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us. We implore you in Christ’s stead: Be reconciled to God. M153

What we need to understand is the meaning of the word reconcile. In Merriam-Webster, reconcile is defined as:

  • to find a way of making (two different ideas, facts, etc.) exist or be true at the same time
  • to cause people or groups to become friendly again after an argument or disagreement
  • to restore to friendship or harmony
  • to cause to submit to or accept something unpleasant MW16

Now, if we look back at what was said in 2 Corinthians 5:20.

So we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us. We implore you in Christ’s stead: Be reconciled to God. M154

The ask from the ambassadors for Christ was to be reconciled to God. For us to find a way of making what we think and what God is showing us to be true at the same time. For us to become friendly with God and restore our relationship of friendship to harmony. Even though it may cause us to accept something unpleasant.

Did Jesus not say in John 15:15?

I no longer call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I have heard from My Father have I made known to you. M155

This is why Jesus said, in Luke 10:16.

“He who listens to you listens to Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.” M156

With this knowledge, we will begin to understand the words written in 2 Corinthians 5:10-20.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive his recompense in the body, according to what he has done, whether it was good or bad.

Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men. But we are revealed to God, and I trust we are also revealed in your consciences. For we are not commending ourselves again to you. Instead, we give you occasion to boast on our behalf, that you may have something to answer those who boast in appearance and not in heart. If we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ constrains us, because we thus judge: that if one died for all, then all have died. And He died for all, that those who live should not from now on live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

So from now on we do not regard anyone according to the flesh. Yes, though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet we do not regard Him as such from now on. Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things have passed away. Look, all things have become new. All this is from God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their sins against them, and has entrusted to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us. We implore you in Christ’s stead: Be reconciled to God. M157

BE RECONCILED TO GOD

The most important thing is to be reconciled to God. This is the mission given to each of Jesus’s ambassadors.

When we understand the meaning of the word ambassador as defined by Merriam-Webster, we can truly begin to grasp what is being said in Luke 10.

  • the highest-ranking person who represents his or her own government while living in another country
  • an official envoy, a diplomatic agent of the highest rank accredited to a foreign government or sovereign as the resident representative of his or her own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment
  • an authorized representative or messenger
  • an unofficial representative MW17

The Lord God appoints as ambassador’s people on earth to represent Him and His Sovereign Kingdom. These people in earthly terms are representatives of an unseen Kingdom, but to Jesus, they are His authorized messengers an official envoy.

This is why, in Luke 10:1-12.

After this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them two by two ahead of Him into every city and place where He Himself was about to come. He said to them, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go your ways. Listen, I am sending you out as lambs among wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no shoes, and greet no one on the road.

“When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace be to this house.’ If a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him; but if not, it will return upon you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they give, for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Do not go from house to house.

“When you enter a city and they receive you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick who are there and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But when you enter a city and they do not receive you, go your way out into their streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your city which clings to us, we wipe off against you. Yet be sure of this, that the kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But I say to you, it will be more tolerable on that Day for Sodom than for that city. M158

The truth that Jesus has revealed to His ambassadors, to the ones He has appointed, is that we need to be reconciled to God. For those that do not listen and dismiss this simple message, Jesus had this to say in Luke 10:13-16.

“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon which have been done for you, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be thrust down to hell.

“He who listens to you listens to Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.” M159

Now, as we continue to read the words of Luke 10:17-20, we learn.

The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us through Your name.”

He said to them, “I saw Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Look, I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. And nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” M160

Then it gets exciting as we continue to read the words of Jesus in Luke 10:21-23.

At that time Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for it was Your good pleasure.

“All things have been handed over to Me by My Father. And no one knows who the Son is but the Father, and who the Father is but the Son and he to whom the Son desires to reveal Him.”

Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see what you see. For I tell you, many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.” M161

At first glance, we think that this was intended to His disciples at the time that He walked the earth. But if we pay very close attention to exactly what Jesus said, you will notice that Jesus was also talking about the future. He prophesied about what will come.

This prophecy is in the words of Luke 10:22.

“All things have been handed over to Me by My Father. And no one knows who the Son is but the Father, and who the Father is but the Son and he to whom the Son desires to reveal Him.” M162

If we break down what was said by Jesus into smaller, easy to understand pieces, we learn something significant.

  1. No one knows who the Son is but the Father
  2. and who the Father is but the Son

From these words of Jesus, we learn that no one, which means nobody knows who the Son (Jesus) is, only the Father (God).

And nobody also knows who the Father (God) is, only the Son (Jesus).

The only person who knows who Jesus (the Son) is and who God (the Father) is, is the person whom the Son (Jesus) has desired to reveal Himself (Jesus and God) to.

This is why in Revelation 19:11-16, it says.

I saw heaven opened. And there was a white horse. He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on His head are many crowns. He has a name written, that no one knows but He Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood. His name is called The Word of God. The armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Out of His mouth proceeds a sharp sword, with which He may strike the nations. “He shall rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury and wrath of God the Almighty. On His robe and on His thigh He has a name written: M163

KING OF KINGS

AND LORD OF LORDS.

We see the same thing written in Revelation 19, no one knows His name, but later His name is revealed to us. Likewise, in Luke 10:23-24.

Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see what you see. For I tell you, many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.” M164

What we learn from the words of Jesus captured in Luke 10 is that those that see the Lord, blessed are their eyes, and likewise, those that hear the Lord, blessed are their ears.

The Lord God chooses to reveal not only Himself and the Father to those that He has chosen but also as is stated in Amos 3:7.

Surely the Lord God does nothing without revealing His purpose to His servants the prophets. M165

Now, the love of Jesus and His blessing is not only for those that have seen Him but even for those that haven’t. Jesus tells us this in John 20:29.

Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen, and have yet believed.” M166

Here we learn that the belief in Jesus brings about blessing. All are blessed by the Lord God.

Now for those that the Lord has chosen to reveal Himself too, His purpose is revealed to them. So that they can share the good news, and those that have drifted away can be reconciled to God.

But with that honor comes great responsibility and burden. We see this spoken about in Ezekiel 33:1-9.

Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying: Son of man, speak to the children of your people and say to them: If I bring a sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them and set him for their watchman, and he sees the sword come upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people, then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, and a sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet yet did not take warning. His blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning delivers his soul. But if the watchman sees the sword come and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned and a sword comes and takes a person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity. But his blood I will require from the hand of the watchman.

Now as for you, son of man: I have set you a watchman to the house of Israel. Therefore, you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them from Me. When I say to the wicked, “O wicked man, you shall surely die,” and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity. But his blood I will require from your hand. Nevertheless, if you on your part warn the wicked to turn from his way and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity. But you have delivered your soul. M167

We may be asking ourselves, why is all this important?

It is vital because the Gentiles are part of the house of Israel, and in Ezekiel 33:10:20, the house was given this warning.

Therefore, as for you, son of man, say to the house of Israel: Thus you have spoken, saying, “Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we pine away in them. How should we then live?” Say to them: As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why will you die, O house of Israel?

Therefore you, son of man, say to the sons of your people: The righteousness of a righteous man shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression. As for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall by it in the day that he turns from his wickedness. Nor shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sins. When I say to the righteous that he shall surely live and he so trusts in his righteousness that he commits iniquity, all his righteousness shall not be remembered. But for that iniquity of his that he has committed, he shall die. Again, when I say to the wicked, “You shall surely die,” and he turns from his sin and does that which is lawful and right, if the wicked man restores a pledge, gives back what he had robbed, walks in the statutes of life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live. He shall not die. None of his sins that he has committed shall be remembered against him. He has done what is lawful and right. He shall surely live.

Yet the sons of your people say, “The way of the Lord is not right,” when their way is not right. When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, he shall die by it. But if the wicked turns from his wickedness and does that which is lawful and right, he shall live by them. Yet you say, “The way of the Lord is not right.” O house of Israel, I will judge you, every one according to his ways. M168

This warning is for every Gentile, and as we are living in the days spoken about. These words of Ezekiel 33:30-33, hold true today as it did several centuries ago. These are the words of a living prophecy.

As for you, son of man, the sons of your people are talking about you by the walls and in the doorways of the houses; and they speak to one another, each saying to his brother, “Come now, and hear what the word is that comes from the Lord.” They come to you as people come, and they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words; but they will not do them. For they do the lustful desires in their mouth, and their heart goes after their covetousness. You are to them as a sensual song of one who has a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument. For they hear your words, but they do not do them.

When this comes to pass, and it is coming to pass, then shall they know that a prophet has been among them. M169