Devilish Deception

I’ve always been fascinated by the book of Genesis. And at the moment, I’m thinking a lot about the Fall of Man, as Christians like to call it. Anyone who knows about the Devil will know that he was originally the Archangel in Heaven, but thought more of himself than God and so fell from heaven. He was proud. And it’s a personal opinion of mine and probably a lot of Christians is that the Devil is so proud, and so full of himself that his life’s work is to take people away from God, no matter how far he has to go to do that.

In Genesis 3, we read about the fall of man. One of the main purposes of Genesis is to teach us why we are how we are (if you follow). And the reason we are how we are is because of Deception and lies. Sin started off with a lie. But, what the Devil told Eve was more than a lie, it was direct rebellion against God. And that is what sin is: direct rebellion against God.

The rebellion of the Devil recorded in Genesis 3 is threefold.

1. He attacks God’s word (Verse 1)

2. He attacks God’s authority (Verse 4)

3. He attacks God’s goodness (Verse 5)

Concerning this threefold attack on God by the Devil, I have to stop and take a stock check of my life. When I really think about the facets of the attack, it really exposes my shortcomings and highlights the fact that my sin is genetic and something needs to be done about it.

Daily I rebel against God’s word (because I daily sin). I often try to remove God off of his throne and put myself on it. I often doubt and undermine God’s goodness, and sometimes, I throw his goodness back into his face.

Well, the picture looks pretty bleak when pondering over these things. It looks especially bleak when we read that God imposes restriction and judgement and death upon a fallen race. However, there’s a promise of a Servant who will be a Second Adam, who will come to put every wrong right, and who will eventually bring those who desire to be in right relationship with God into eternal life, back into the garden. The Servant is Jesus. And the promise made about him in the very start can be found in Genesis 3:15.

But there is more than this, even. The parallel to this temptation is found in Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-3: Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. Yet Christ doesn’t give in to temptation and puts the Father first in all things. It is through Jesus’ victory over temptation that we can know that the sacrifice he will pay on the cross later on in the story will suffice. Because of Jesus’ victory, he will fulfill the promise made in Genesis 3:15. Who was the Devil kidding when he tried to deceive the God who made him?

Over to you: How does Jesus’ victory over temptation make you think about deception? How do you think you can learn from Jesus’ example? Does deception and temptation have too much hold on your life? What do you think about the story of the fall in general?

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Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about

  • Uzza

    In verse 1 he attacks God’s word by asking what God said? If that’s the case, every bible study group is attacking God’s word.
    Try as I might, I cannot see how the serpent was attacking God simply by telling the truth.   God said they would die; the serpent said their eyes would be opened. When they went ahead and ate, they did not die, and their eyes were opened–exactly as the serpent had said.

    In verse 13, Eve says the serpent deceived her, but I can’t see how.

    • He actually attacked God’s promise to them, Uzza. 🙂