Not only do humans sin in the same way but they also sin in the same lusts! Genesis 3:6 gives us the first look into the lusts in which we all sin. In Genesis 3:6, Eve firsts covets (lusts) for the tree, this is what starts the lust for the three steps into sin.
To understand the nature of lusting let’s quickly go over that subject.
If you search the word “covet” in the KJV of the Bible the first verse that would pop up is Exodus 20:17. In this verse God tells us not to covet “ . . . thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.” (Exodus 20:17).
With these warnings in order we look at what the Apostle Paul said concerning covetousness. Paul states in Romans 7:7 that he discovered lust through the command in Exodus 20:17 stating that “thou shalt not covet” (Romans 7:7). Paul is saying that by coveting you are committing the same crime as lust. We find this lust/covetousness intertwined with the overruling, sensual acts of sinners (Exodus 15:9, Numbers 11:4, Psalms 78:18, 30, Proverbs 6:25, Matthew 5:28, etc.). So, to lust is to covet and vice versa (Romans 7:7).
These characteristics of lust include the following actions that were first led by Eve.
Lust that pride brings (Genesis 3:6)
When we read that Eve saw that the “tree was good for food” (Genesis 3:6) she was implying that God couldn’t judge the tree as well as she could.
God specifically told Adam (who in turn told Eve) that the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was not to be eaten from (Genesis 2:17). But when Eve saw that the “tree was good for food” in her own knowledge she put herself in a place where she could be better than God and thus pride settled in. This same thing happened to Satan.
Lust that the eyes provide (Genesis 3:5-6)
Here we read about how Satan is trying to appeal to Eve’s sense of eyesight. He is telling her that not only will her eyes enjoy this fruit but he is also talking of the “eye opening” of her wisdom (Genesis 3:5).
The words “eyes will enjoy this fruit” may seem awful strange to someone. How can your eyes enjoy something? Surprisingly, the Bible has a lot to say about that.
Proverbs 6:25 tells men not to go after women because of their looks because our eyes can be so easily averted to something alluring.
Jesus told us that the eyes are the light of the body, and when you can restrain from evil your whole body would be full with light (Matthew 6:22).
But, man is sinful! We use our eyes to take in the evil of this world; bad commercials, bad movies, bad books, bad pictures and some more bad. It is this that Jesus warned us against (Matthew 6:23).
The lust that desires bring (Genesis 3:6)
When Eve finished her discussion with Satan she saw the “ . . . tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise . . .” (emphasis added).
Eve not only liked the fruit because of its’ pleasant look or the taste of it, she wanted it because she desired to be wise! She wanted to know what God knew, she wanted to be as wise as God; she believed what the serpent told her. What a sad day that was for humanity!
Eve thought that the fruit would make her wise because Satan had said that she “. . . shall be as gods . . .” But, the point Satan didn’t tell Eve was that this knowledge would bring them shame (Genesis 3:7-8 and 10), suffering (Genesis 3:16-19) and death (Genesis 2:17, 4:8, etc.)!
Sin is a very tricky subject and we find that the three lusts we have examined occur during and before the next three actions settle in.