Genesis 3:1-5: Not ignorant.
“Now the snake was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden”?’ 2 The woman said to the snake, ‘We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, “You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.”’ 4 ‘You will not certainly die,’ the snake said to the woman. 5 ‘For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ NIV UK
Anyone who is familiar with Genesis 3 should not be ignorant of Satan’s devices. Basically, he employs the same strategies today:
- He often misquotes God’s Word (1b). No, God did not ‘’really say’’ (Look at 2:16, 17). He said something similar, but ‘’the serpent’’ got it wrong – quite deliberately.
- He regularly contradicts God’s Word (4). Note that Eve started well. She clearly knew what God had said and she quoted it to the devil (2,3). She started out on solid ground. It’s a tragedy that she didn’t dig her heels in there and refuse to budge. (Contrast this with Jesus who, in His temptations, never moved from the fixed point of God’s Word).
- He repeatedly suggests that you’re missing out (5). He sells you the lie that God is spoiling your fun. ‘If only you would do what He definitely told you not to do, your life would be so much happier.’ That’s his line, and the human race has fallen for it again and again since our first parents were in the garden. Satan markets sin as ‘golden delicious’. When we take a bite we find that what looked shiny on the outside is rotten on the inside. We don’t want it any more. It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. But it’s too late. We’ve already bitten.
PRAYER: Lord, give me eyes to spot the deception, and ears to discern the lies I’m being told. Please enable me, through Jesus, to be an overcomer.