Genesis 3 (ESV)
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when 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, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. 8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden . . . Continue Reading
Did God Really Say That?
As I read about all the good in God’s creation in the first two chapters of Genesis, indeed His “very good” creation, Genesis chapter 3 opens with some not-so-good news.
“Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.” (Genesis 3:1)
A few things stand out to me in this first verse. This is not only “a” serpent but “the serpent” who was created by God and was more crafty than any other beast of the field. More crafty. From this, it’s clear that other beasts of the field also had at least the capacity to be crafty.
Where did this serpent come from?
Revelation 12:9 says, “the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”
Verse 1 goes on to tell us that the serpent was “male” and was able to speak – not as God spoke creation into existence but to deceive. He said to Eve, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” Then in Genesis 3:4-5, the serpent not only contradicts God but calls Him a liar with deceitful motives, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Sounds like the serpent had first-hand knowledge of good and evil.
This reminds me of the temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4:1-11 when Satan used Scripture in a “crafty” way to attempt to deceive Jesus as He was led up by the Spirit fasting for forty days and nights. This was after Jesus was baptized and “the heavens were opened to Him and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on Him” (Matthew 3:13-17). The outcome of that temptation was Jesus commanding Satan to “be gone” and “the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to Him.”
Much like the temptation of Jesus, Satan twists God’s words and motives to deceive people. He’s not alone. In 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 Paul writes that even now “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.”
Just look around. Genesis Chapter 3 is happening even now – not only in the world but more tragically, inside the church.
Thank you for reading my Daily Bible Journal!
Reading, reflecting and writing from the Bible has so radically impacted my life in Christ, it’s as if I’ve been on auto-pilot when reading the Bible in the past. There’s something about “sitting with the text” and through prayerful reflection, sharing what comes to mind. Because I’m posting online for others to read, I consider my words carefully and try to be clear and accurate.
This daily process enhances my understanding of God’s Word and embeds it into my conscience. It literally gets “hidden in my heart!”
I hope this encourages others to be in God’s Word every day.
For God’s Glory,