Yea Hath God Said…
“And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
Genesis 3:1 (KJV)
In order to understand our three-fold enemy, we must first understand the origin of our enemy. We must understand his schemes and his practices before we can begin to understand how to defeat him.
In this very familiar passage of Scripture, we see that the serpent is already plotting his scheme. The serpent is trying to plant a seed of doubt in the woman’s mind by questioning the authority of the Word of God.
Notice that the devil was well aware of what God had commanded Adam and Eve not to do. The devil knows Scripture very well, as we see in Jesus’ encounter with him in Matthew 4. However, the devil only uses Scripture to beguile, to deceive, and to plant doubt in the heart and mind of the believer.
Notice how cunningly the devil words this sentence, “Yea, hath God said…” The very structure and organization of this sentence inflicts doubt. In other words, the devil was trying to get Adam and Eve to reason in their minds: “Did God really say that we could not eat of the tree in the middle of the garden? Did he really mean that, or was he just lying to us?”
The devil knew what he was doing. The devil knew that once he planted the seed of doubt, that it would make it much harder for Eve to stand on the Word of God and say no to the temptation. He also knew that once Eve had taken of the fruit, that the temptation would be too strong for Adam, because he wanted to please his wife and was no longer concerned with pleasing God.
Our enemy has not changed. He is still the same subtle, cunning, crafty serpent that he was back in the Garden of Eden. May we have the mind of Christ that we would not allow Satan to plant the seed of doubt in our minds, but rather may we stand on the Word of God, knowing that the Word is complete Truth, and that it will liberate us from the attacks of the devil.