This is the first lie recorded in Scripture and possibly the first lie ever told. Satan is the father of all lies (John 8:44). This directly links Satan to this temptation. It might have been the snake doing the talking, but Satan was the one inspiring and controlling the snake to do this.
“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman.
Genesis 3:4 (NLT)
At this point, Eve should have reminded herself of God’s Word, believed it, left the serpent, and found her husband. It’s when we linger at the place of temptation that we get into trouble, especially when we know what we’re thinking is contrary to God’s truth. God’s truth is our shield and buckler (Ps. 91:4; Eph. 6:16), but it protects us only if we take it by faith and use it.
This statement by the snake was in total denial of what God had said. Any sin that can be committed starts with a departure from what God has said. If we would always adhere to God’s Word, we would not sin. It’s that simple. Therefore, ignorance of God’s Word or, as in this case with Eve, rejection of God’s Word is a recipe for sin.
“God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”
Genesis 3:5 (NLT)
Satan substituted his own lie (Gen. 3:5). “You will be like God” is a promise that would get anybody’s attention.
Satan actually deceived Eve about who she was and what she had. She was perfect, yet she was made to think that she was imperfect. She was already wise, yet she was made to think that eating this fruit would make her wise. If Adam and Eve, who were perfect, could be made to think they were imperfect, then certainly we can be deceived about whom we are in Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3).
We have all things in Christ (John 1:16 and Colossians 2:9-10). One of the first steps toward sin is dissatisfaction with what we have. People who are secure in who they are in Christ will not fall for the temptations of the devil.
Eve also doubted who God was. She had no reason to believe that God would ever withhold something good from her. The Lord had been perfect toward her. Yet in her perception, because she had thought on things she should not have been thinking on, she began to believe that the Lord had deprived her of something good. She doubted the goodness of God. We would never sin against the Lord either if we knew beyond any doubt that His ways are good and always the best for us.
Think of the absurdity of Satan’s claim.
If God really wanted to keep them from being like Him, then why would He have created the Tree in the first place?
Not creating the Tree would have been a more certain way of preventing them from attaining this state, than to create the possibility and then forbid the partaking of it. Sin is stupid.
When you review the sequence, you can better understand how Satan leads people to the place of disobedience. Once we start to question God’s Word, we’re prepared to deny His Word and believe Satan’s lies. Then it’s just a short step to believing Satan’s promises and disobeying God’s commands.
He countered with “It is written.” Satan wants to deceive our minds, but we defeat him by using the spiritual weapons God provides (Eph. 6:10-18; 2 Cor. 10:4-5). This is how Jesus overcame, and it’s how we overcome.
Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary
Bible Exposition Commentary – Be Basic