Food has always been a source of temptation. Adam and Eve only had one rule. This one rule made them totally free. Without the freedom to fail, one is not truly free. If you can’t fail, that’s regulated freedom. “16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17 NKJV).
The rule was not the temptation. Adam and Eve never thought of being tempted. They strolled through the garden and looked at the tree and didn’t just reach out and grab some fruit. It’s a little like our temptation to grab a chocolate chip cookie off a plate as you walk by. Or have you ever gone into a grocery store and they have free samples of things. Or a bread company might have samples of a delicious bakery item. They are hard to resist. Would Adam and Eve reached out and grabbed some fruit given enough time—maybe, probably.
The devil stepped in to speed up the process. What was the devil’s first temptation to Jesus—the same as Adam and Eve—food. “1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’ “ (Matthew 4:1-4 (NKJV).
The devil tried the same old trick of tempting with food. Jesus didn’t give in to it even though He was very hungry. So what do we do when we pass a free sample? We say, “It is written” and keep walking. The temptation to eat is overcome with grace. His grace is sufficient.