Satan now begins to form his chain of evil: pride -deception – doubt – disobedience – death. Let us study each link in the chain as it is found in the record itself: “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Has God indeed said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’

“And the woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’

Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing  good  and  evil“‘(Gen 3:1-5).

Satan told them that the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was not something to be feared, but truly to be desired. He told them that instead of dying as God had said, they would really begin to live. In fact, according to Satan, they would become like God, and be able to decide what was good and evil – right and wrong – for themselves.  They wouldn’t need God to direct their lives. They could know for themselves, rule themselves, and become their very best – all by themselves. Then the kingdom, power and glory would be theirs –alone!  Satan lied to them, saying that if God really loved them, He would have told them that Himself.

It is easy to see how Satan first sowed the seeds of pride and selfish desire. Then he deceived them into doubting God. He got them to doubt God’s word, God’s love, and His power and authority. Their doubt led to disobedience -and their disobedience led to death!


So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate” (Gen 3:6).

Sadly, the lie worked. In opening herself to deception by believing the lies of Satan, the woman disobeyed and came under the judgment that God had promised. Although Adam was not deceived, he still chose to sin – and by that choice, he submitted to Satan’s rule. God had originally created man to be a steward of the earth, and to rule over it and care for it. By his disobedience to God in submitting to Satan’s lies, this is changed. Now man’s rule has been forfeited to the Serpent (Revelation 12:9 verifies that it was Satan using the serpent’s form in the Garden). The stewardship of our world, originally delegated to man, now falls to Satan.