I Feel Tempted, Inside and Out

Dan Doriani | July 28, 2017


We tend to think of temptation in flaming red colors. Flaming red temptation is a wad of cash dropping from a careless walker just ahead. It’s a beer offered to an alcoholic or a sexual proposition from an attractive person.

Bright red temptations do exist, but Scripture and experience both suggest most temptations are gray—like the temptations touching knowledge.

It’s been said all decisions are made on insufficient evidence. No wonder people like to gather information, to know as much as possible.

What could be wrong with that? you may ask.

History’s first temptation focused on knowledge, when the serpent offered Eve forbidden fruit, and proposed, “When you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Gen. 3:5). For us, the knowledge-temptation hue is probably gray. We want to know about a forthcoming policy decision, so we press a coworker to share confidential information. We want to know about a budding office romance, so we offer a morsel of gossip, hoping for a return. Perhaps we even entertain the secular thought that couples should know they’re sexually compatible before they marry. These all resemble Eve’s temptation to know—like God does.

Learn from Jesus’s Temptation

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