Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. (Genesis 3:1-7 ESV)
Look at this text and see:
The Tempter (1a): the serpent/ dragon as being used by Satan, the fallen angel sent from heaven for attempting to be like God (Revelation 12:9).
The Question (1b): He “said”: a talking snake. There is no record of talking animals anywhere else in the Genesis epic. Eve didn’t seem bothered, but she should have been because a snake is doing something that only humans can do. Only humans can talk and they were, as humans to be the rulers over creation. So, when Satan speaks through the snake, it is an example of the ruled trying to rule the rulers.
He calls him “God”, not “Lord God”. Look in the rest of the Genesis epic and you will see the name of God displayed as “Lord God”. That name is his covenant name YAHWEH. Is that name in all caps in your Bible? That’s because “Lord God” is the name of YAHWEH, the sovereign, eternal, self-existent Lord over the universe. Satan calls him Elohim which is just a generic word for God, not one of his Lordship.
He misquotes God’s Word and offers a conversation about God’s Word to see what Eve thinks about it. This is still the method of the devil. Satan’s greatest weapon is the aggrandizement of the human position to make us think that we deserve to sit in judgment over God’s word, as if our feelings about the Bible change the meaning of it, or our accountability to it.
The Conversation (2-3): She left out “any of” from her description of God’s blessing on them. She added “neither shall you touch it.” God didn’t say that: 2:15-17. She is making God sound narrower than he was. This could have been because Adam told her, “yo, we die if we eat that, so don’t touch it, woman” at any rate, she was asked what God said and she was not even close to precise about God’s Words. She minimized the punishment: “lest you die”. She made it sound like, “I don’t know, we might die, we might not… I don’t know.
The Denial (4-5): Of God’s Word (4): Blatant lie! Satan isn’t even subtle anymore! He straight lied to her: No, you won’t die. That’s a lie. Of God’s Motive (5): God isn’t good to you? He is restricting you from something? Don’t you know that love means giving people whatever they want? (Just for a second, how many of you have children? How many of you genuinely love your children? How many of you give them whatever they want?) This is the lie that we all fall for, however. God isn’t as good to you as he should be! Don’t you know that God is afraid of you? God is so scared of how huge you might become, he doesn’t want you to become like him. (Irony: that’s what Satan tried and he got rocked when he tried it, so this is true in a sense) The meaning: God is narrow, limiting and restricting. He knows what will go down: Eyes will be opened: synonym for knowledge (you will really find out what’s going on)…Deity is offered: knowing good and evil. Notice that Satan never says to them, “You will be like God in every way,” but “you’ll know right and wrong.” Refutation: God knows good and evil like a cancer doctor knows cancer. Adam and Eve will know evil like a cancer patient knows cancer. God knows corruption from outside it. Adam and Eve will know evil inside themselves.
The myth: ultimate transcendence, joy and satisfaction can be achieved when you live for you.
The Destruction (6-7): The Appeal of Sin (6a): 1 John 2:16; Good for food: Fills my belly, satisfaction! Delight to the eyes: Beautiful + delight. Joy! Desired to make one wise: Word for desired is the same word used in the 10 Commandments for “covet.”Transcendence!
The Act of Sin (6b): Woman was tricked. Adam shows up, and while I have often ripped him for standing there and not defending Eve from the devil, 1 Timothy 2:14 says that he was not deceived. So, either he didn’t hear the temptation. He took it from her and ate it. She might have told him what the serpent told her and he ate, the text doesn’t say. He might have seen the fruit dripping down her chin and thought, “Well, God must have been lying to us, because clearly, she’s not dead, so sweet, I’ll have some.”
The Aftermath (7): Their eyes are definitely opened. What was good (called so by God) = bad. Innocence = shame. Everything is ruined. Everything about their imaging God as male and female is about to change.