Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” Genesis 3:1
Have you seen a snake? Of course everyone of us might have seen one and dreaded it. Or if not, we may have heard countless stories about how it moves around to kill its prey. The snake moves in a very slimy, very crafty, very wise strategic positioning.
In Genesis, the enemy of God, Satan, was first mentioned as the serpent of old. He was described as crafty and was in the garden since beginning of time, too. Funny that the author used the word “crafty” to describe him.
I used to be described as creative by my friends. When there is anything artsy to be made, you can count on me. From simplistic ideas to complex and more innovative concepts, I can suggest it and execute it many times. In short, I am crafty.
Following that context, crafty means being creative. It means being able to think and devise ways of doing things. It means being innovative. It means being able to adapt to the circumstances and play around it to get the desired results. For you to be called crafty, you have to have a craft. You have to have something you are good at.
But whenever I think of Satan as being crafty, it chills me to the bone. In the English Standard Version of the Bible, he is likewise described in Genesis 3 as wise. I would never want to think of Satan as crafty nor wise.
But the Bible says so. And the Scriptures does not dismiss that fact.
Satan sneaks around like a snake, keeping a watchful eye on anyone he can attack. Like a snake, we may never realize what he is doing in our lives until we are bitten in the heels. His craft is to destroy what God has made and that includes us. He is determined until now to be a master of his “craft.”
In the Garden of Eden, Satan tried luring Eve into offending the single “do not” instruction of God to them.
Maybe the serpent have been closely watching Adam and Eve since then. He have seen how perfect their state was. God was communing and dwelling with them directly. They knew no other goodness as the Presence of God. They were happy. They were perfect.
And since Satan is full of pride and jealousy, he cannot stand seeing this perfect picture. We do not know what goes in his mind but he may have remembered how he was when he was still the most beautiful angel of God. He was called Lucifer. He was angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14, Isaiah 14:12). He was beautiful (Ezekiel 28:17). He was close to the Presence of God. But he wanted much more. He doesn’t just want to be like God. He wanted to be God.
So when an opportunity opened for him, he lured Eve. He was so wise in opening his conversation with Eve by slyly attacking God with hidden hatred,
“Did God really say…?”
Even without continuing what Satan has asked of Eve that God said, we can see the subtle work he was doing to Eve and to God. He was directly attacking the innate nature of God.
God is Truth.
God is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19). Jesus, being God Himself, introduced Himself as the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6).
Satan, in his craftiness, subtly attacked God’s nature. He is indirectly shouting at God, “You are a liar!” Satan devises lies aimed to pierce God’s heart. Satan is a liar (John 8:44).
How well do we know God? How well do we know His Heart? Will we blindly fall into the serpent’s trap and listen instead into what God is not as the serpent says so?
How well do we understand God’s instructions to us? Will we answer wrongly like Eve, saying that God said “neither shall you touch it” when God didn’t even said that? Do we add or subtract from what God instructed us?
Are there instructions or promises from God that the enemy is trying to downplay from us? Satan, who is a deceiver from the beginning of time, always throws accusing statements to us, questioning “Has God truly said…”
We should be wiser than the serpent in the Garden of Eden.
Lord, thank You for Your instructions for they meant us good. Thank You for Your promises for they meant to prosper us. We rebuke and cancel in Jesus’ Name every lie and deception spoken by the enemy against us, against Your Heart. Clothe us with the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Thank You for what Christ has done on the Cross. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Praying with you,
May God grant the godly desires of your heart ❤