The Serpent

CORE PASSAGE: Genesis 3:1

Talk about a crafty critter! The serpent in the Garden of Eden was quite the manipulative animal. The things that he said to Eve made her question God’s love, goodness, and dominion over her and everything around her.

Through Satan using the serpent as his instrument of deception, Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. It was through this act that all of mankind was separated from God.

God then cursed the serpent to crawl on its belly (it had legs before this event). God also said that there would be hostility between the offspring of the snake and that of humans. The curse also led to pain during childbirth, to hostility between humans and animals, and to the land not producing food without hard labor. It also made the plants change so that they grew thorns.

So the serpent and Satan’s actions towards mankind were very destructive through this deceptive act in Eden. But through God’s Son, Jesus’ death and resurrection, we have good news that we can be connected back to God and have a relationship with Him for eternity.

LIFE LESSONS:

• Temptation can be very attractive.
• Always remember and obey God’s Word.
• God gives us life abundantly, but Satan wants to destroy our relationship with God — and destroy us as well.

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