From the very beginning, Satan has deceived people into believing lies. Paul wrote:
“But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3)
Let’s compare what God said in Genesis 2:16-17 with what is said in Genesis 3:1-7:
First, Satan twists the Word of God by planting the seed of discontent! He wants us to think that God is holding out on us. To Eve, he said, “Indeed has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?’” (Genesis 3:1). The results were devastating!
- Eve diminishes the abundant provisions of God: Notice that Eve said, “From the fruit of the trees we may eat.”—whereas God said, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely.” (Genesis 2:16)
- Eve adds to the prohibition: Eve said, “You shall not eat from it or touch it.”—whereas God said, “From the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat.” (Genesis 2:17)
- Eve weakened the penalty of sin: Eve said, “You will die.”—whereas God said, “You will surely die.” (Genesis 2:17)
- Eve adopts the serpent’s title for God: Elohim is less personal than Yahweh Elohim.
Second, Satan contradicts the Word of God and confuses our source of contentment! “The serpent said to the woman, ‘You surely will not die! 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.” (Genesis 3:4, 5)
Third, Satan creates a counterfeit gospel as he appeals to our human senses and provides a fake substitute for true joy and contentment.
The Appeal The Avenue (I John 2:16) The Attitude
“Good for food” Lust of the flesh Indulge
“Delight to the eyes” Lust of the eyes Acquire
“Desirable to make one wise” Boastful pride of life Impress
From that moment on, mankind became separated from God through sin. We have become ashamed (3:7). We have been trying to hide from God (3:8). We are afraid (3:10). We have been blaming others for our sin (3:12-13).
Please don’t be ignorant of the schemes of Satan (2 Corinthians 2:11). Our salvation is only possible through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. When we receive Christ as Savior and Lord by grace through faith = we become what God truly created us to be. Don’t allow the devil to twist, contradict or counterfeit the Holy Word of God! It is the truth that sets us free!