Gen 3:1-6 (1) Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? (2)And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: (3)But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. (4)And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: (5)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. (6)And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Gen 3:1…"Yea, hath God said"...First, notice how Satan approaches Eve while she is alone so that Adam isn't available to encourage Eve or hold her accountable when temptation strikes. Then look at the manner in which Satan depersonalizes God. Adam and Eve had always called God by the name 'LORD' which expresses the care and concern of the covenant God, as opposed to 'God' which denotes His great majesty. Lastly, Satan poses a question to cast doubt into God's command.
Eve should have immediately punished the serpent for rebelling against God, but she foolishly entertains the thought. We too, must be careful to avoid entertaining ideas, people, or activities that we know to be against God's will. The mark of an ambitious Christian is to fight off temptation, but the mark of a mature Christian is to avoid temptation. When we are faced with temptation, we need to take advantage of the spiritual authority that God bestows upon us as believers.
(Gen3:3)..."Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die." Eve tells the serpent that God said they 'may not touch' the tree. This isn't true. Look back at Gen2:17 and you will see that the LORD says only that they 'may not eat of it.' Adding to God's word in this way gives the impression that He makes unreasonable demands and therefore, misrepresents His character. Eve also claims that God said not to eat the fruit 'lest you die'. The word 'lest' denotes a possibility, but God actually said that they would 'surely die.' Eve weakened the certainty of God's punishment and Satan takes advantage of the misuse of God's word by telling Eve,
(Gen3:4)…"Ye shall not surely die." This, of course, was a blatant lie that Eve was tricked into believing because SHE didnt adhere strictly to God's word. We still do this today when some people claim that there is no such thing as hell or eternal punishment. Others water down the scriptures to say that 'good people' will go to heaven. Many cults and false teachings are a result of misquoting scripture or taking scripture out of context. The LORD has supernaturally preserved His word for us because it IS so vital. Take care not to treat the word of God as carelessly as Eve.
(Gen 3:5)…"For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods"... Satan again perverts God's motives and implies that God has purposely misled us. This denies the LORD's unfathomable love for us and suggests that He is keeping us from enjoying life. Satan is also appealing to pride here promising that she will be more like her creator...knowing good and evil. While it is true that Eve would know good and evil as God does, the serpent doesn't tell her that she will also lose her holiness and be less like God in that resect. Satan often uses half truths like this to trick us into sin.
Gen 3:6 "And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise"…Here we see how the lust of the flesh can lead to temptation. Once Eve focuses on how ‘yummy’ the fruit looked, and considered how much more like God she would be, obedience to God’s command no longer is on her mind. Very often, immediate gratification is more important than our desire for obedience. Hence, we must focus on Christ so that obedience is written into our hearts by the Spirit!
In some respects, things haven't changed much since the beginning. Satan still attacks us in the same ways as he did Adam and Eve. Luckily, we can learn from their mistake. We have no excuse to be ignorant of the word of God. He has given us all his commands in the bible. It is our responsibility as His children to know them and not be led astray by those who pervert them. So study the scriptures and consult the scriptures when discussing your faith or when your faith is being challenged. In doing so, the will of God will be known to us and will protect us from form deception.