This chapter in the Bible is a tough one. It’s highly frustrating to read. It’s like watching someone in a scary movie go towards the weird noises instead of running away. Don’t go into the closet! Don’t lock yourself in the bathroom without a phone or window!!
What is the serpent?
Serpent’s today aren’t viewed as the friendliest of creatures. Maybe because they’re so frustrated that God cursed them to have no legs and eat the dust from the ground after the fall of man (Genesis 3:14). Maybe the serpent looked like a Komodo Dragon or something of the like pre-curse.
Anyways, interestingly enough, the serpent in this chapter is not identified to be Satan. So how do we know? Ezekiel 28:13-19 states that Satan was in the Garden of Eden. Additionally, Revelation 12:9 says that the old serpent was Satan. Demonic spirits still do have the ability to possess human and animal creatures (Luke 8:33).
We’ll learn more about who Satan is throughout the Bible, but Ezekiel 28 identifies Satan as a fallen angel. He used to be an angel of the highest rank but desired to be equal to or greater than God, which is against God’s will.
Who’s really at fault here?
The serpent talked to Eve first, perhaps knowing she had never received the command not to eat from the tree directly from the Lord, but from Adam. Even though Eve was tempted first, it was Adam’s job to fully teach her the importance of following God’s commands. Eve seemingly does not even know the actual name of the tree, “The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil” (Genesis 2:17). She even adds to God’s commands, saying she is not allowed to touch it. It is dangerous to add man’s word to God’s commands, as it will lead to us being lost (Matthew 15:9).
Eve was tricked into temptation, and she became the agent of temptation for Adam.But, Adam knew exactly that what he was doing was wrong. Therefore, Adam was responsible for the fall of mankind.
“And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” 1 Timothy 2:14
“For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:22
Realization of good vs evil
Eve gave into the same 3 temptations Jesus faced in Matthew 4:1-11. Of course, Jesus did not give into any of these same temptations. See Genesis 3:6.
- Lust of the flesh (saw it was some good food to eat)
- Lust of the eyes (food looked pretty)
- Pride of life (wanted to be wise)
“The eyes of both of them were opened…” Genesis 3:7
After Adam sinned, both Eve and Adam realized they were sinners. They realized they were now naked and made clothes out of fig leaves. They even tried to hide from God in the Garden (funny that by now they still don’t realize God will always win at hide-and-seek). This demonstrates guilt of sin. That conscience (Holy Spirit) telling you what you are doing/how you are portraying yourself is against God’s will. Don’t go into the closet! Don’t follow the scary noises!
Side note: Since the fall, we hide our genitals from the world. This does not mean these parts of are body are “gross” or “dirty.” Instead, these areas are associated with reproduction, in which we pass on our sinfulness to new generations. Therefore, God as ingrained in us to keep these areas private and more modest.
Serpent (Genesis 3:14)
- Cursed above all livestock and wild animals
- Crawl on belly
- Eat dust forever
- Natural hostility between Satan and Mankind
- Even if we rebel against God, we will be more likely to serve ourselves than Satan. We are afraid of Satan and remain cautious of following his ways. But Satan is still okay with this, since he wants to undermine God.
- Prophecy alert!!
- Satan will wound the Messiah (“strike his heel”), but in the end, the Messiah will defeat Satan with a fatal wound (“crush your head”).
Eve (Women) (Genesis 3:15)
- Painful childbirth
- Husband will lead the family
- Women have to fight desire of being “master” of husbands
- Natural desire for husband
- Man’s desire comes from God, not as much from nature
- The ground will still produce good, but will be more difficult to get (“thorns and thistles”)
- Pain and weariness of work
- End in death and not deliverance
Application: Satan tempts us in many forms on this Earth. Could be through TV Shows, friends, money, success, etc. His purpose is to get us to doubt God’s Word so that later on we fully neglect it. We should not be like Satan and try to become God, as we will fall. Instead, we should focus on being like Jesus, a humble servant (Matthew 20:28). We must be prepared and support fellow Christians to stay strong against all forms of temptation that come our way. It’s important to realize we are never to have a discussion with Satan. He has fully fallen, and therefore there is no potential in changing his ways. Instead, say:
“The Lord rebuke you!” Jude 9