So Adam and Eve are created at the beginning of the world. The first thing God does in chapter 1:28 is bless them. Then he gives them a role. They were to be fruitful and multiply. To subdue the earth and everything in it. To govern and steward EVERYTHING: the plants, the fish, the birds, the animals, everything. They also received names. Adam is literally Hebrew for "man" and may also mean "ground". Adam gave his wife her name. He called her Eve, which means "living", for she would be the mother of all living.
Adam and Eve received a blessing, their names, and identity, and a purpose. Then enters temptation. The very next thing that happens in the story is the temptation of man. Genesis 3, the serpent is shrewd. Basically he's smart. All he does is ask a question. About the truth. About what God had just spoken over them.
The serpent comes in and made Eve question her identity, her blessing, and her purpose. And she gave in. We all know the can of worms that opened.
Ok. So Jesus gets a blessing, a name, an identity, and a purpose. So what happens next? Temptation. Matthew 4. And what is Jesus tempted with first? Food. Hmmm. Interesting. He was hungry. He had been fasting. Eve was also tempted by food, but she lost there. Jesus quotes back scripture. What does Satan attack next? The identity. "Are you sure you're the son of God? Prove it." Isn't that what God had just told Jesus? You are my son, in whom I am well pleased? Just like he told Adam and Eve, You are created in my image and it is very good. Again, Jesus stands firm and uses scripture (truth) to resist. Then Satan questions Jesus' authority.
Satan knows that the consequences of wanting to be like God, above God, greater than God is death. It's the punishment he received. He wanted Adam and Eve to experience the same.
With Jesus it was the same. In his final temptation, Satan tries to get Jesus to take a short cut in reclaiming all authority over the earth. Both Satan and Jesus knew the prophecies spoken about what Jesus had to go through to redeem the world and take back all authority over the earth. Satan was in effect offering Jesus a cop out. But Jesus did what Adam and Eve failed to do. He stood strong. And he used the truth that God had spoken over him and over his people to fight temptation.
How does this apply to our lives? God created us, right? And when we accept Jesus into our hearts and choose to be obedient to him, the Bibles says he breathes his Holy Spirit into us. At that moment, I believe he also speaks a blessing, a name, an identity, and a purpose over us. The best example of this in the New Testament is what happened with Saul (Paul), which you can read in Acts 9. Our stories may not be as dramatic as Paul's, but I believe we all have one, nonetheless. If our lives follow/mirror that of Adam/Eve and Jesus, what will happen next? Temptation. James 1:13-15 says:
“God is tempting me.”
For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;
but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;
and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death."
Isn't this exactly what we saw with Eve? So the truth is, when we accept Christ into our hearts and he has breathed his identity and purpose over us, we will be tempted. But there is hope!!
The truth is we will be tempted. But we can stand firm just like Jesus did. God will provide a way out for us. We can always ask him and he will ALWAYS give us the answer we need.