3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Genesis 3:1
How many years had transpired between chapter 2 and 3? No one knows. The serpent had to fall first. We don’t know when that happened, but it was certainly after creation and before this. Moses – presumably the author of Genesis – describe the serpent as “more crafty than any of the wild animals.” What an understatement.
The serpent’s first known act was to deceive and bring down Eve.
Thousands of years have passed, and his goal is identical for us: deceive and bring us down.
- He deceives us into thinking we can be like God.
- He deceives us into thinking we don’t need God.
- He deceives us into questioning God.
- And he deceives into thinking that he – the serpent – doesn’t exist.
Now the serpent is not omniscient or omnipresent, but he has a host of angels who deceive as well. It’s never like an arm-wrestling match between God and the serpent to see who will one day be the victor. Hardly. The serpent is merely a created being, and he knows his time is short.
Know that the enemy hates you and will do everything in his power to destroy you.
Know also that God loves you and wants you to be victorious over the serpent and his minions.