Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?"Genesis 3:1(NASB)
The root of sin is pride, and the biggest lie is to question the truthfulness and dependability of God's unfailing Word. From that devastating fall of man in the idyllic garden of Eden to the final chapters of holy Scripture, we discover details of the wide-ranging repercussions of man's damning sin, and the tremendous grace that our offended God has extended towards the human race who was made in God's own image and likeness.
A fallen, rebellious, and prideful angel is identified as: "That crafty serpent, who is called the devil and Satan." He is the deceiver of the whole world, and by means of his mutinous act in Eden's beautiful domain, is thrown down to the earth, and his angels are thrown down with him.
From man's fall in Eden to the present day, Satan is the arch-enemy of God and His beautiful, but polluted creation. Satan's prime objective is to turn the human race against the One Who made them in His own image; with a mind to think, emotions to express feelings, and a free-will to choose between the evil and the good.
Satan's malevolent and devious question to the woman placed a doubt in the mind of Eve over the veracity of God's Word. It put a question-mark in her mind over the dependability of her Creator and placed a doubt in her heart over the integrity of God's very character - in Whose image man was made.
Satan's questioning of God's Word was the catalyst that incited the fall of man and yet, God in His grace used this catastrophic fall of mankind to be the very trigger whereby His amazing plan for the redemption of humanity in particular, and the redemption of creation in general, was called into action.
"Has God said...?" is the same argument that continues today, which calls into question the dependability of our Creator, the veracity of God's Word, and the integrity of His very character. But those who have trusted in the Word of God for salvation, by grace through faith in the shed blood of our Kinsman-Redeemer, have the inner witness of God's Holy Spirit within.
Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts the testimony of His unfailing Word. But whoever does not believe in the Son of God, has made their Creator out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about His Son.
Heavenly Father, how I praise You that in Your grace and wisdom, You chose to redeem the human race, by grace through faith in the death, burial, and Resurrection of Your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Thank you that through Your power, I can resist the schemes of the devil. Help me to trust implicitly in Your Word of truth and to depend on You in all things, for You are good and gracious, and Your loving-kindness endures from one generation to another. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.