1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God 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 surely will not die"
5 For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one
wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.
Every lie is at least a slight twist of the truth.
Satan loves to take God’s words—words that we as believers know and recognize and love—and put his own “spin” on them. Satan’s ability to take a good and pure thing, like God’s Word, and make it ugly is a testament to his evil ingenuity: indeed, “the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field” (v. 1).
The theme of trusting in Scripture is apparent within this passage as Eve directly quotes God’s Word, “God has said...” (v. 3).
But Satan loves to jeopardize God’s Word by questioning its credibility. Satan immediately caused Eve to doubt the validity of God’s instruction: “You surely will not die!” (v. 4).
Note that it was the doubting of God’s Word that opened Eve up to a world of sin. In like manner, immediately whenever we question the validity of Scripture, we open ourselves up to a world of subjective truth, relativism, and self-destruction.
It is God’s Word that keeps us safe—“By your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path,” says the psalmist (Ps. 119:105, MSG).
We cross into a realm of danger and depravity when we no longer believe sola Scriptura—that God’s Word and God’s Word alone is enough to keep us holy.
Satan has the uncanny ability of making something ugly look beautiful. His job is to disguise the demonic in the garb of the angelic. But God has revealed truth to us, and we can know it and defeat temptation with it.
As Jesus combated the devil in the wilderness with Scripture, so our trust in God’s Word can abate any temptation.
- How did Eve question the truth of God’s Word in her conversation with Satan?
- What steps will you take to be intentional about reading God’s Word? Will you consider adopting a Scripture reading plan for this New Year?
Pray that God would empower you by the truth of His Word this week.