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’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
Comment: Do snakes talk? You might as well ask do donkeys talk? Certainly dogs, understand a lot of things and can express their opinions without speaking! But this is different. Snakes can be very beautiful and this one is described as being an excellent example. But using our previously stated basic concept of believing scripture in the whole context of scripture, with a closer look at related passage we understand that this particular snake was used by Satan as a tool to tempt/deceive this set of first humans. The first portion of the passage tells us that the woman knew perfectly well what God had said to them about this particular tree. Satan calls God a liar and adds a false reason why God has added His prohibition. So as the fruit looked good, and listening to Satan’s promise of increased understanding she ate the forbidden (by God) fruit and persuaded her man to do the same. Will they die?
Prayer: When Your word is clear help me to be strong enough to be whole-heartedly obedient.