In His Presence: John 17:17
Satan convinced Eve that he was harmless, not a creature to fear or be wary of. Today, he wants us to believe that we don’t need to fear him and to think that he may not even exist. Second, Satan convinced Eve that God was holding out on her. Satan wants us to focus on our misfortunes.
“The woman said to the serpent, ‘From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, “You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.” ’ The serpent said to the woman, ‘You surely will not die!’ ’’(Genesis 3:2-3). He was saying that God’s word could not be trusted.
Satan discovered that Eve had lost sight of what God actually said. First, she minimized God’s goodness by leaving out the word “freely” in God’s command to Adam. He had said: “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely” (Genesis 2:16). Second, she made God look stricter than He was by saying they could not touch the fruit of the restricted tree. God had not said anything about touching it. Third, she lessened God’s judgment by saying “lest you die.” She was implying an uncertainty. Instead, God had said: “From the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die” (Genesis 2:17).
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When Eve distorted God’s word, she was receptive to Satan’s lie that God’s word could not be trusted.
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