THE BIG LIE
“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it.” Genesis 3
Do you see it? Right there — where it all went down — the big lie. Just camp here for a minute and read this passage over a few times. What jumps out at you? I highlighted what jumped out at me: “The woman was CONVINCED.” She gave in first in her mind. Then what did she do? “She SAW” an object that appeared beautiful and delicious. She gave in to visual appeal. That led to her third mistake, “she WANTED” — ironically, her desire to be “wise”, actually led to her next unwise step:, “she TOOK … and ATE.”
As we ponder this whole scenario, we find a treasure trove of keys that will help us understand how the serpent continues to slither around in our lives today. Look a little closer at this creature: The Scriptures tell us in Isaiah 14, that when God first created the angels, Lucifer was superior to all the other angels in knowledge and wisdom, and in power and authority. God gave him beauty and intelligence beyond measure. But Lucifer, who had nothing apart from what God had given him, wanted to steal the glory of God, the Most High. Lucifer means the shining one. After Lucifer sinned, his name was changed. He was no longer called Lucifer, the shining one, but Satan. Satan means Adversary. He is the Destroyer. He wants to destroy God’s work. So what plan does he devise?
Enter — the serpent. The devil in disguise. The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’” “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman.
What we see is a tragic breakdown of all that God had given Eve for life, peace, health, beauty, and strength — with one simple, deceptive question. “DID GOD REALLY SAY …?”