* Genesis 3:1-6 - "Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat."
* Matthew 4:1-11 - "Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He was afterward hungry. And when the tempter came to Him, he said, If Thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh Him up into the holy city, and setteth Him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto Him, If Thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down: for it is written, He shall give His angels charge concerning Thee: and in their hands they shall bear Thee up, lest at any time Thou dash Thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh Him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto Him, All these things will I give Thee, if Thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth Him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto Him."
Recently: There was a lady who had lost her only son in a car wreck, and since she was living with him at the time, it turns out she became homeless. So her aged parents offered to share their home with her. There was only one problem, like the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was a "no-no" for Adam and Eve, the "tree" for her was that she could not have a dog - her parents already had two, and did not want another dog in their home. One day, a sweet young child approached her and asked her if she would like a free puppy. When she did not say yes, a local dog-catcher told her that if shee took the puppy, he would see to it that the puppy had his shots, and that he would have the puppy "fixed," also free. She was so lonely, and believing the Lord had answered her prayers by providing her with the puppy, she accepted and took the puppy to live with her in her parent's home. Her father was furious at her lack of respect for him and his wife, that for a time, he would not speak to her.
My question is: Was the puppy provided by God, or did Satan keep "sweetening the deal" tempting her to defy her parents? Because I am her father, and I cannot say for sure who provided it, I have decided to give her the benefit of the doubt. So, for now, "Chewbacca" will stay. P.S. Perhaps the Lord provided the puppy and Satan was tempting me to reject my child. God has not rejected me, and since I dream of the day when I shall be like Jesus, I will accept it and Satan is defeated anyway!