4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5
First we saw the serpent deceive by asking a seemingly innocent question. Now he outright lied. The serpent knew what God had said, but lied about it anyhow. It wasn’t a distortion or deception; it was a flat out lie.
When God says something, it will come to pass. Recall a few verses ago He told Adam not to eat from the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. What would happen? Adam would die. What we will see in the next few verses is God’s warning coming true.
Of course we know what comes next since we can read ahead. Eve had no idea the consequences she (and billions of others) would have to endure. The exchange seemed to have taken place quickly, but it had devastating and everlasting effects.
Unfortunately Eve was not any different than you or me. We probably would have done the same thing and had the same conversation. In that we are all Adam and Eve. We are all susceptible to questioning God and His motives. But unlike Eve, we can fast forward thousands of years and welcome the Savior into our lives. Adam and Eve had God Himself in their midst and they still weren’t satisfied.