1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave 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 coverings.
Genesis 3:1-7, NKJV
It was a test! It was a test that Adam and Eve failed.
The Bible begins this chapter with a description of the serpent. Not only was he more cunning than any beast of the field, but he also spoke. He said to Eve, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?" The correct answer would have been a simple, "Yes."
We know that Eve was in trouble when she added to the requirements given to her by God. Regarding the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Eve said, "You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die." Is that what God had said? No! God commanded Adam and Eve to not eat of the tree, but He did not say they could not touch it.
Ignoring her misinformation, the serpent continued, "You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
So, the partial truths continue with the serpent. While it was true that death was not imminent, death surely did come. Notice, too, how the serpent inserted, "You will be like God." Who could resist such a thing--to be like God? What could be so bad about knowing good and evil?
That was all the prompting that Eve needed. She saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasant to the eyes, so she ate of the fruit and then gave some to Adam, who ate of the fruit as well. Immediately, their eyes were opened and they knew they were naked, so they sewed fig leaves together to make themselves coverings.
Satan, in the form of the serpent, thought he had won a complete victory. He knew that God had created Adam and Eve sinless--perfect! In one short conversation, he destroyed God's creation of humans forever--or so he thought.
Even Satan, though a powerful being, was not God. Nothing he could do would truly destroy God's creation forever. Oh yes, what he did was devastating, not only to Adam, Eve, and their descendants but to all plant and animal life on earth as well. But God, holy and righteous that He is, already had a plan in place to save a people for Himself.
Nothing that we can do and nothing that Satan and his evil angels can do can truly thwart the plans of God. God created man in his image, but man, after the fall, lost his state of perfection. No longer could he fellowship with God in the same manner, but his life would be forever plagued by difficulties and despair. Satan surely complicated and devastated the earth through the results of the fall, but he is not God.
As we continue to walk through Genesis 3, God will explicitly explain to Adam, Eve, and the serpent, not only what would result from their sin, but He would send the first promise in Scripture of His plans to send a Redeemer. Satan may have bruised this Redeemer's heel, but this Redeemer would bruise Satan's head.
Even today, Satan is busily tempting man to forget God and serve himself. He continues to spread partial truth and out and out lies among humankind. Is he effective? Oh yes! But, though he is effective, he is not all powerful. God, even before the creation of the world, saved a people for Himself. From the beginning of time, there has always been a remnant of people who would serve and love God.
Go to God today! Only in Christ is there true salvation. Christ is the Redeemer who will ultimately bruise Satan's head. Christ is the only way for sinners to return to their Heavenly Father.
What an amazing God we serve!
God Bless You,