You Will Surely Die (2)

“Now the serpent was more shrewd than any of the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say “You must not eat from any tree of the orchard”? (Genesis 3:1, NET) Satan here uses a different order of words to entice the woman to engage in conversation with him. Lucifer, who became Satan, is the highest order of created intelligence. Humans could never win an argument or a debate with Satan. Satan understands the God’s ways better than any other created intelligence, but he prefers his ways.

The woman wanted to correct the Satan concerning his understanding of God’s command, so she engaged in conversation with Satan. In doing so, the woman herself presented the Gods command different from the way God said it. “We may eat of the fruit from the trees of the orchard; but concerning the fruit of the tree in the middle of the orchard, God said, ‘You must not eat from it, and you must not touch it, or else you will die'” The woman did not quote God verbatim. She omitted the word “surely” and added, “and you must not touch it.”

The immediate consequence of engaging in conversation with Satan was that the woman began to see God’s command in her way.  “You will surely die” means that both, the spirit (the life) and the body will die forever. The woman, In an attempt to correct the Satan’s understanding, the Woman referred to the death of body only. Then she goes on father and adds her own words to the God’s command. The woman began to see the God’s command in a more restrictive way than God had stated it. Once the woman started to see things in her way, it was easy for the Satan to entice her to look to her interest. However, the created beings cannot look at God and themselves at the same time. The created intelligent beings could either see God or self but not both. How often do the human beings today take what God said and present it in their ways?

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Dan Lazich

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