The Fall • Devotion #2: Who was the Serpent?
Michael Fox | Creative Director
“And the woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 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.’’ But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ 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. Then the eyes of both were opened.” Genesis 3:2-7
“Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this that you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’” Genesis 3:13
The serpent is a deceiver. As I have studied this passage of Scripture, this truth jumped out at me. I have heard the story of Adam and Eve many times. I always knew the serpent tempted them to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. I always knew that they were previously told by God not to eat from that tree.
For me, many times going through life, I think that there is good and evil, and in spite of the many disguises, I recognize evil. While I do not actually believe I know all evil, that is a general truth that I choose to live my life. We make daily choices to avoid evil, and seek out good. We often fail, and God provides grace and mercy.
This passage, however, has reminded me and opened my eyes. Evil can be presented as good, as it was here with Adam and Eve. It is our job to seek out the scriptures, to know what God says. Psalm 119:11 says, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” The serpent convinced Eve that if she ate of that tree, that she “will be like God, knowing good and evil.” She was deceived. This is a tool I believe the devil will use against us, pretending to be good, trying to convince us that we do not know what we talk about, and allowing us to believe evil is good.
Remembering this, and seeking God through the Scripture will help us combat the serpent, a deceiver.