He starts by sowing seeds of doubt in her mind; "Did God Really Say.." Genesis 3:1
We have all done it haven't we? Is it just me? There is something we want.. bad! We know God said no; or did He? Then comes justification... we may even search the scriptures for a loophole. "Did God really say this is wrong?"
"Satan deceived Eve by causing her to question the goodness, love, and motives of God."Sometimes Satan (or people) add to what God said to make God seem as though He were not good "Did God really say 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" Eve added her own bit of legalisms by saying God said not to touch it, but he only said "do not eat".
Satan knows by making what God knows is best for us, into some over the top form of legalism will cause us to wonder if God is just keeping something from us.
God gives us so many wonderful things, more than we can ever want or need. Anything God says we shouldn't have is for our benefit, because He loves us. He is not holding out on anything that would bring us happiness. In fact, like the tree, anything we should not have leads to death!
Wait! Do we get this??I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;
God wants to give us life! Satan wants to give us death!
"The Serpent further deceived Eve by lying to her about the consequences of choosing to disobey God"God had said that when they ate of The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil they will surely die. Satan told Eve. "you shall not surely die" Genesis 3:4
Did you ever think "I'll just do this thing that I want, and when I am done I will tell God I am sorry, and then everything will be fine"? (maybe not quite like that, but you know what I mean) Well although God is forgiving, it does not deliver us from our consequences, we shouldn't abuse God's grace.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
- What seemingly good thing did Satan offer Eve?
- Can you share a testimony of a time you thought this way? Do you see now that you would have benefited from trusting God and being obedient?