1 Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. 3 But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’” 4 “No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and they hid themselves from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 So the Lord God called out to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard You in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.” 11 Then He asked, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” 12 Then the man replied, “The woman You gave to be with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate.” 13 So the Lord God asked the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “It was the serpent. He deceived me, and I ate.” 14 Then the Lord God said to the serpent: Because you have done this, you are cursed more than any livestock and more than any wild animal. You will move on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life. 15 I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.
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Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?”
Act One unfolds on human history. What we see is an unbelievable environment of perfection in the Garden of Eden.
Can you imagine? Perfect creation. Perfect relationships. Perfect work that was fulfilling and a joy to perform. And most importantly, a perfect relationship with God. I mean, who wouldn’t love to have the opportunity to live in a place where God walks with you and talks with you daily?
Like all good stories, though, there must be a villain. It doesn’t take long for him to appear. It almost goes without saying but I’ll do it any way: Satan is a cunning creature. Our key verse says he was the most cunning of the animals. From the very beginning, we discover one of his favorite tools for combating God and His children—deception.
Satan confronts Eve when she’s alone. He comes to her with one simple question—one he has continued to use for many millennia—to challenge the integrity of God: “Did God really say…?” He’s been using this tactic ever since to plant seeds of doubt in the hearts of any who’ll listen.
How many times have you heard those same kinds of questions stirring in your soul?“Did God really say He loved me? Does God really have enough grace to cover me? Did I really place my faith in Him? Could He possibly forgive me for your past? Did God really mean it when He said…?”
Each question is simply designed to raise a doubt so the enemy can then begin to fill in the empty spaces. Satan doesn’t typically come at us in ways we expect. Telling bold lies isn’t his mode of operation. Rather, he’ll feed you just enough truth and deception to make you buy it and take you off the path that leads to God.
What went wrong that day in the Garden? A lot of things. Eve confronted the enemy on her own. She didn’t go back to the words God had given her. She responded with a warped version of what had been said to her by the Creator.
Satan’s lies came between Eve and God and between Eve and Adam. She and Adam quickly turned on each other. The doubts created by one simple question had created a space in every relationship that existed in that perfect world.
Satan still operates the same way. Questions, doubts, uncertainties—all a part of an arsenal that destroys relationships, corrupts our world, and separates us from God. What’s our best weapon to fight back? Seeking the truth of God. That’s why it’s so incredibly important that we’re in God’s Word regularly, memorizing it and cherishing its treasures.
The Psalmist put it this way: “How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping Your word…I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against You” (Psalm 119:9, 11).
Today and every day, you and I must pursue truth with all our hearts to protect our minds from the deception and lies of the enemy.
- What are some lies you hear from Satan regarding your life? Your relationship with God? Your relationship with others?
- Are there specific promises of Scripture that come to mind which directly address some of those lies mentioned in #1?
- Do you intentionally seek out God’s truth through reading and studying or do you let others tell you what God has to say?
- What are some intentional changes you should make to become a better pursuer of truth?