The devil did deceive Eve with a question that looked innocent but was full of deceit “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1). The devil intended that his words should be indefinite and ambiguous. He wanted to sow doubt in the heart of Eve concerning God’s divine commandment and the reasonableness of such a command. And instead of turning away and fleeing to her husband, Eve showed signs of doubt and a readiness to engage in a conversation with the serpent.
Eve answered, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die’” (Genesis 23:2,3).
Then, the devil’s second statement had the deceptive appearance of an authoritative truth. But the truth was most cleverly mixed with falsehood. He said, “You will not surely die” (v. 4). Satan challenged the truthfulness of God’s word by an unconcealed lie. “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5).
The devil charged God with: Envy of His creatures and falsehood. He said, God lied when He said death would follow the eating of the fruit. God’s requirements were placed in the most deceiving light. By mixing truth with falsehood, the devil tried to confuse the mind of Eve, in order to make it difficult for her to distinguish between God’s words and his.
And he continued, “Ye shall be as God.” This reveals most the blasphemous nature of Satan’s words (Isa. 14:12–14) and the full measure of his deception. The devil used his lies to deceive the women for this reason Christ was right in calling him the father of lies (John 8:44).
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