Satan’s Conversation with Eve (Gen. 3)

He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” (Gen. 3:1)

Satan is so crafty. I’ve long believed it’s no mistake that he chooses to talk to Eve on her own, not because she’s Eve and the weaker of the two, but just the fact of talking to one of them, rather than the two of them. “It is not good for him to be alone,” God had said before the Fall — astonishingly, even before the ‘bad’ was introduced into creation, there was ‘not good.’

But isn’t also curious that Satan chooses to start the conversation by implying that he has an incorrect understanding of God’s conversation with the two? Later, he’ll imply that he is an authority on the matter of whether the thing will kill them or not — clearly he needs her to believe that he knows what he’s talking about. So why start by implying that he doesn’t know? Why start by having her feel like she’s telling him stuff that he doesn’t know? How does that help him?

He does not come in claiming to be an alternative God. The conversational style makes it sound as though this is one created thing chatting to another about their roles in the cosmos…. Over the course of the conversation he sounds as if he is not trying to set himself as an alternative Father figure, but rather as a kind of impartial older brother, advising rather than issuing contradictory orders.

Does he despise her? He must, to wilfully lead them away from God’s decrees like that. Unless he is convinced that ‘opening their eyes’ in that way was good for them or good for him or something. What is he hoping to gain? That clearly is not something Scripture thinks we need to know, maybe it is, at this stage, beyond our comprehension.

Very curious.

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