“And I will put enmity between you and
the woman, and between your offspring
and hers; he will crush your head, and you
will strike his heel”
What do the Bible and the Spirit
of Prophecy tell about the
identity and the look of the
serpent who talked to Eve in
“He laid hold of the dragon, that
serpent of old, who is the Devil
and Satan, and bound him for a
thousand years” (Revelation
“Satan assumes the form of a serpent and enters Eden.
The serpent was a beautiful creature with wings, and
while flying through the air his appearance was
bright, resembling burnished gold. He did not go upon
the ground but went from place to place through the air
and ate fruit like man. Satan entered into the serpent and
took his position in the tree of knowledge and
commenced leisurely eating of the fruit”(E.G.W. “The story of Redemption”, cp 4, pg. 32)
“Now the serpent was more cunning than
any beast of the field which the Lord God
had made…” (Genesis 3:1)
“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild
animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman,
“Did God really say, „You must not eat from any tree in
the garden‟?”” (Genesis 3:1 NIV)
““You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to
the woman. “For God knows that when you eat
from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be
like God, knowing good and evil.””
(Genesis 3:4-5 NIV)
Apparently, the serpent wanted Eve to explain
God’s order about the trees in the garden to him.
Nevertheless, that was not his intention.
1. He wanted to pose doubts regarding God’s generosity,
How could God not let them eat all those delicious
2. He wanted to invite Eve to argue with the master of
Then temptation was clear, The tree is good, its fruit will
give you wisdom instead of death… will you believe God
or the evidence?
“The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from
the trees in the garden, but God did say, „You must not
eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the
garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.‟””
What did Eve’s answer imply? What can we learn from
this short conversation between Eve and the serpent?
1. Knowing the dynamics of Satan’s original attack.
What can we learn through Eve’s story about the
dynamics of Satan’s temptations?
2. Trusting God’s word over our senses.
How does Eve’s story help you to better value
3. Committing our ways to God.
How can you trust God’s Word more fully and
“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and
pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some
and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate
it” (Genesis 3:6)
Which facts apparently made
the divine order unfair?
Eve was tempted by the devil;
she valued her rationing and
feelings over God… and she
Adam was not deceived like Eve
was; he valued his feelings
towards her over God… and he
1. It was good for food.
3. It was desirable for
“Adam regretted that Eve had left his side,
but now the deed was done. He must be
separated from her whose society he had
loved so well. How could he have it thus?
His love for Eve was strong. And in utter
discouragement he resolved to share her
fate. He reasoned that Eve was a part of
himself, and if she must die, he would die
with her, for he could not bear the thought
of separation from her. He lacked faith in
his merciful and benevolent Creator.
He did not think that God, who had formed
him out of the dust of the ground into a
living, beautiful form, and had created Eve
to be his companion, could supply her place. After all, might not the words of
this wise serpent be correct? Eve was before him, just as lovely and
beautiful, and apparently as innocent, as before this act of disobedience.
She expressed greater, higher love for him than before her disobedience, as
the effects of the fruit she had eaten. He saw in her no signs of death. She
had told him of the happy influence of the fruit, of her ardent love for
him, and he decided to brave the consequences. He seized the fruit and
quickly ate it, and like Eve, felt not immediately its ill effects.
Eve had thought herself
capable of deciding between
right and wrong. The flattering
hope of entering a higher state
of knowledge had led her to
think that the serpent was her
especial friend, possessing a
great interest in her welfare.
Had she sought her
husband, and they had related
to their Maker the words of the
serpent, they would have been
delivered at once from his
artful temptation. The Lord
would not have them
investigate the fruit of the tree
of knowledge, for then they
would be exposed to Satan
masked. He knew that they
would be perfectly safe if they
touched not the fruit”
(E.G.W. “The story of
Redemption”, cp 4, pg. 36)
Compare the temptations Satan suggested to Eve and the ones he suggested to Jesus
(Matthew 4:3-10). Can you find any resemblance?
Why wasn’t Jesus deceived by “the
serpent of old”? How can we overcome
as He did?
“IF YOU ARE THE SON OF GOD…”
In His human limits, everything Jesus was observing and experiencing suggested that
the baptismal announcement was wrong. As Eve did, Christ had to choose between His
perceptions and analysis and God’s Word. Now we can see the significance of His
answer, “Man shall not live by bread alone *by what he sees and analyzes+, but by every
word that comes from the mouth of God”
“Early in the morning they left for the
Desert of Tekoa. As they set
out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen
to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem!
Have faith in the Lord your God and you
will be upheld; have faith in his prophets
and you will be successful” (2 Chronicles
After Adam and Eve’s sin, God came close to them and
judged them. God asked several questions during the
“Where are you?” (Gn. 3:9)
“Who told you that you were naked?” (Gn. 3:11)
“Have you eaten from the tree that I
commanded you not to eat from?” (Gn. 3:11)
“What is this you have done?” (Gn. 3:13)
He began by
(Genesis 3:14) since
he had been already
judged (John 16:11)
and declared guilty.
Then He offered
forgiveness for man
through the grace of
the Gospel (Genesis
3:15). That grace
came before the
He declared the
woman guilty and
He declared the
man guilty and
and the Earth’s
After analyzing the evidence, God pronounced sentence.
“Then I saw another angel flying
in midair, and he had the eternal
gospel to proclaim to those who
live on the earth—to every
nation, tribe, language and
people. He said in a loud voice,
“Fear God and give him glory,
because the hour of his
judgment has come. Worship
him who made the heavens, the
earth, the sea and the springs of
water.”” (Revelation 14:6-7)
The message of the first
angel is very similar to
God’s judgment in Eden.
First, the Gospel (v. 6)
Then, the judgment (v. 7)
And both within the Creation framework!
“When Satan heard the word, “I will
put enmity between thee and the
woman, and between thy seed and
her seed,” he knew that man would
be given power to resist his
temptations. He realized that his
claim to the position of prince of the
newly created world was to be
contested, that One would come
whose work would be fatal to his
evil purposes, that he and his
angels would be forever defeated.
His assurance of certain power, his
sense of security, was gone. Adam
and Eve had yielded to his
temptations, and their posterity
would feel the strength of his
assaults. But they would not be left
without a helper. The Son of God
was to come to the world, to be
tempted in our behalf, and in our
behalf to overcome”
E.G.W. (The Review and Herald, May 3, 1906)
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