God speaks truth. Satan speaks lies. The wickedness of Satan is so vile because he strikes an accusatory blow at God’s own character right out of the gate. He misdirects the man and the woman with blatant falsehood. When the woman corrects him, as he may well have expected, he begins the seduction. What God has told you isn’t true, he interjects. In fact, what God says will cause you harm will actually give you what God has, which obviously is better than what you currently have.
Essentially, Satan frames God as a liar and a hoarder of good gifts. This devastating scene shows us the deadliness of Satan’s intent – pitting man and woman against the God who loves them and has given them everything. Satan leads us to believe that God’s way actually keeps blessing from us, and he promises that we can trust him (Satan) to give us the better deal. Beware, my friend. Satan is not benevolent. His joy is your captivity. His pride is in making you think how bright you are as you enter into his snare.
“Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the filed 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. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.”
Genesis 3:1-7 ESV