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Genesis Chapter 3: Verse 1 – Did God Really Say?

I wanted to do a more in-depth study on the interaction between the serpent’s actions we read about in the 3rd chapter of Genesis. We start in chapter 1. In the first two chapters of Genesis, we see the record of the Creation and the mandate to all of humanity to care for the whole of Creation. In Genesis 1:26-28, Adonai charges humankind to be responsible for all other life on the planet, both plants and animals, and in Genesis 2:15, he reiterates this by telling us to tend to his Creation. Then we come to the third chapter of Genesis, where we see everything fall apart. It is here that we will draw our a tention and seek to look at what transpired on that day.

The Question

Genesis 3:1 (CJB)

3 1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any wild animal which ADONAI, God, had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You are not to eat from any tree in the garden’?”

Here at the beginning of the entire scene, the slithering tongue of the serpent is asking if Adonai really said not to do this The question is indeed crafty, but it’s worded in truth. Adonai clearly did say not to eat from all the trees in the garden because one tree was prohibited. All you need is one for it to be true that you cannot eat from all of the trees. While he essentially said, “You can eat from all of the trees in the garden except for one,” the serpent re-worded this in a question intended to give the impression that “this one is clearly a part of ‘all’ and should therefore be among the trees you can eat from”

It is important to note that the serpent’s method was to use factual statements in a way
that was misleading instead of outright lying. We could say that Satan was taking Adonai’s
words out of context, which is something that continues to be responsible for beliefs and teachings
that plague t e “Christian” religion today. Through this initial question, Satan gained control of the encounter. The woman responded that they were fr e to eat from all trees except one. But the seeds of
doubt were already planted.

When you begin questioning the commandments of Adonai, you start down a dangerous path. Many of these things are prevalent today: the “Christian” religion questions the Torah. It questions the Leviticus 11 food laws. It questions the Sabbath Day. It questions the Feast Days. It questions whether popular holidays like Christmas, Easter, and Halloween can genuinely violate Deuteronomy 12:29-31. “Did God really say” becomes the foundation for statements like, “we’ e not under the law,” or, “if you are still following the law, you have fallen from grace and voided the work of the cross.”

We should pause here and think about this. Scripture makes it very clear that Yeshua is the righteous one, and Satan is the lawless one. Scriptures define righteousness as obeying the Torah (Deuteronomy 6:25) and lawlessness, or sin, as breaking, transgressing, or violating the Torah (1 John 3:4). Popular religion teaches different definitions for these words to deviate from what these passages say, which is why it is critical that we allow God-breathed definitions within Scriptures to tell us what the essential terms are that determine what the doctrine mean.

With these definitions established, we can say that Yeshua is the Torah-keeping and Torah-teaching one, and Satan is the Torah-rejecting and Torah-breaking one. So, whenever you see and hear the Torah being questioned, Satan—the lawless, Torah-rejecting, Torah-breaking one—is behind it. This is especially prevalent in a majority of “Christian” beliefs that say there is no longer a requirement to follow The Torah, whether in whole or in part.

The serpent’s question serves as the first step in his plan of attack, which is to get you to question the command of Adonai. It creates doubt in your mind. Did he really say? Did he really mean it? Does he really demand that you follow such a petty little thing as what you eat? You begin to mull that over when you give place to the devil and question whether or not Adonai cares all that much about “something so small and insignificant” as a food law. The answer to that question is very much a resounding YES! And we will see that as we continue this study.