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The first lies | Genesis 3:1-5

1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any animal of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God really said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; 3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’”

4 The serpent said to the woman, “You certainly will not die! 5 For God knows that on the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will become like God, knowing good and evil.” 

Genesis 3:1-5 (NASB)

Sin enters

Here begins the story of man’s decline into sin and rejection of God that led to Christ’s suffering and death. Up to now, everything was very good (Gen 1:31). Now it becomes not good. Satan takes center stage. 

“In Ezekiel 28:13-19 tells us that Satan was in Eden. Many other passages associate a serpent or a snake-like creature with Satan (such as Job 26:13 and Isaiah 51:9).” (enduringword.com

The first lies

Anyone familiar with this account knows the serpent lied to Eve. He first cast doubt on what God said. He was lying with his question: Has God said you can’t eat from any tree? Of course it was a lie because Adam and Eve had probably already been enjoying the fruit from many different trees. 

But this was not the only lie told. Eve also lied. How? She added to God’s command. In Gen 2:16-17 God told Adam he could eat from any tree except the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Read again what Eve said. God spoke the command to Adam so he had to relay it to Eve. Did he relay it exactly as God said or did he add to it to make sure he didn’t break the command? We don’t know. 

The Pharisees and Sadducees did the same thing in Jesus’s time with the Sabbath command – they added to it so that it became a burden, not a blessing. It was originally not just a law. We do the same when we set boundaries for ourselves to keep us from sin – which can be good. The problem comes when we apply them to others or, we rely on them for our righteousness.

Lie sandwich

The lies and deception continue with Satan’s direct disregard for God’s law and, with it, His love and protection. “This may seem like a small thing to hinge the destiny of the human race and all creation on. But the tree was nothing more than a restraint on Adam and Eve. It reminded them they were not God, that God had a legitimate claim to their obedience, and that they were responsible to Him.” (enduringword.com

Satan did tell the truth, that they would know good and evil. But it was packaged inside a lie, like a sandwich. But this sandwich was not a normal sandwich, but one laced with arsenic, a club sandwich. 

“The first doctrines that Satan denied in Scripture was that sin results in death and that God will not punish sin. These are still the truths that Satan tries the hardest to get people to disbelieve.” (planobiblechapel.org)

RЯeflection

  • “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.” (enduringword.com
  • “We, like Eve, are sometimes tempted to explore evil for our own sensual gratification.” (planobiblechapel.org) I encourage you to read the whole paragraph. 
Satan serpant in tree with legs. Image from Pxfuel.com

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