“The Appeal of the Forbidden”

“The Appeal of the Forbidden”




V.6 – So when the woman saw that the tree was

pleasing to the eyes … she took of its fruit.

The story is told about a young child that was being cared for by a baby

sitter while the mother worked in the office of her home. When the child saw

this beautiful vase in the china cabinet, he wanted it. When the baby sitter

refused to give it to him he began crying, screaming and kicking. When his

mother heard him she came into the room to see what was going on. Picking up

her precious little boy she said, “What do you want darling?” He pointed

to the vase in the china cabinet, so his mother took it out and gave it to him

and went back to work. Not long after that the child started screaming again

and the mother came back and said, “Now what does my little darling want?”

Between sobs the little boy says, “I want — I want,” and then he blurted out,

“I want anything I’m not supposed to have!”


The desire for what is off-limits is not confined to spoiled children.

It reflects a tendency in all of us that goes all the way back to the Garden of

Eden. The fruit of the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” was forbidden,

and that fact very likely enhanced its appeal.


When we as Christians try to live according to the principles laid out

in the bible, we recognize that many things that today’s society sees as fun

and gratifying are in fact forbidden by the Word of God. But all too often the

forbidden creates even more desire. It is therefore, most important that we

know what the will of God is so we can identify evil allurements and resist



Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power, put on the full armor of

God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  (Ephesians 6:10-11)


All too often we like to keep our eye on the temptation while praying

not to be led into it.