Humans underestimate the power of self. Satan understood its power so when it came to tempting Eve, he knew that the best way to capture her attention was to glorify herself. In Genesis he doesn’t just beguile her concerning her beauty, but gives her something that feeds the hunger of self-glorification. He tells her “you will be like God.” You will know “good from evil.” You will ascend and be mightier, and wiser.
These are the exact issues that made Satan himself fall. He knew that if it had worked on himself it was bound to work on human beings. Isaiah 14:13-14 says, “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God… I will be like the most high.” For it was the same mode of thinking he instilled in Eve’s heart that had caused him to make the great decision to challenge God’s justice. In this way Eve also challenged God’s love for her and Adam and boldly decided to trust this talking serpent over the God of creation. T
Christ did just the opposite. He emptied Himself of His glory. We can never truly imagine how much Christ condescended to save us. It was such a shock that Satan was thrown into a fury of astonishment because He knew what Christ was before and what He had sacrificed in becoming human. It was so foreign to Satan’s selfish nature that this act of Christ could not be imagined by the prince of darkness.
Eve wasn’t just deceived by a talking serpent, she held on to a promise which she “desired” to hold on to. A promise that she would be greater than God had already made her. That she would “become like the most high.” Instead of humbling her mind and heart to accept what God had already given, she chose to put matters into her own hands and receive this “extra” power that was kept from her.
So, Eve’s first mistake was disobeying God’s warning to not stray from her husband’s side (for there is strength in unity).
Her second mistake was playing with fire in being curious concerning “why” God kept this beautiful fruit from them and coming near unto it.
Her third mistake was distrusting God’s love for them.
Her fourth mistake was listening to Satan instead of running away.
Her fifth mistake was letting self take the place of reason.
And lastly, inducing Adam to join her.
Still yet, it could have been avoided had she not allowed her mind to dwell on the desire of self-glorification in Satan’s temptation that they would be like God. Self was the beginning of Satan’s fall and is his driving force in the Great Controversy with Christ.
In His service,