The serpent tempts Eve to disobey God’s command.
When the Lord God put the man in the Garden of Eden, he commanded him not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, also called tree of conscience (NIV). The penalty for eating of it was death. It was okay to eat freely of everything else. (Genesis 2:15-17)
3. The serpent engaged Eve in conversation.
Man, made in the image and likeness of God, posed the greatest threat to Satan.
He may have approached Eve because God spoke the command about the tree of conscience directly to Adam, not to her. (Genesis 2:15-17) So he begins his deception with a leading question—“Has God really said, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’?”
Eve replies with the words God spoke to Adam except he must have added the phrase “you shall not touch it.” God only said not to eat it. So, Satan continued to take advantage of her.
Satan basically tells her God lied about that, saying “You won’t really die.” God just knows your eyes will be opened and you will be like God knowing good and evil. When she later takes the fruit in her hand and did not die, she went one step further and took a bite.
4. The serpent is identified with Satan, the accuser.
In Revelation 12:9-11, the serpent is also identified as Satan, devil, dragon, and deceiver of the whole world.
Ezekiel 28:13-19, Job 26:13 and Isaiah 51:9 also associate a serpent or snake-like creature with Satan.
The serpent’s nature:
- Jealous of humans, created in God’s image and likeness
- Accuses us before God day and night
- Deceiver—betrayer, trickster, victimizer, defrauder 4
- Cunning, crafty—sharp, devious, slick, shrewd 4
- Subtle (WEB, AMPC)—indirect, ingenious
Satan snatches the Word of the kingdom before it has time to be grasped. (Matthew 13:19)
He sows wild counterfeit weed seeds that resemble wheat/truth. (Matthew 13:25, 39)
Father of lies, no truth in him, murderer (John 8:44)
Evil genius, prince of this world, defeated at the cross, nothing in common with Jesus (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11)
God of this world, blinds unbeliever’s minds (2 Corinthians 4:4)
Prince of the power of the air, constantly at work on unbelievers (Ephesians 2:2)
Even angels have a choice to obey or disobey God. “Isaiah 14 tells us Satan’s fall had to do with his desire to be equal to or greater than God, to set his will against God’s will.”1
God gave humans the same choice. In this case, there were many trees in the garden. He only said don’t eat from one of them. Satan twisted that blessing into a negative.
Satan planted seeds of doubt about God’s intentions, love, and honesty.
Satan’s first attack was leveled against the Word of God. If he could make Eve confused about what God said, or to doubt what God said, then his battle was partially won.
From the beginning, Satan has tried to undermine God’s people by undermining God’s Word. He can undermine just as effectively by getting us to neglect God’s Word as by getting us to doubt it.1
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:15-17
6. It’s important to know God’s word and obey it.
Don’t entertain temptation even for a moment. Those little seeds impregnate our minds and if allowed to grow, they become harder to abort.
Don’t be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption. But he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7-8
b. My challenge: Take every thought captive.
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we don’t wage war according to the flesh; 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the throwing down of strongholds, 5 throwing down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
When I don’t take that initial tempting thought captive, I’m likely to say or do something I regret. Or not do or say something I should do.
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