Of all animals Satan decides to use a serpent (Genesis 3:1) to test Adam and Eve, because it was craftier than other animals. And when you go deep into the Bible you get to understand that spiritually speaking Satan is indeed very crafty. And if you look at things now, a snake is the most poisonous animal on land. One bite alone kills if untreated, which is similar to the scenario of sin, Romans 6:23. As you know, big snakes swallow their prey, which also indicates that if we don’t turn away from a sin we can be swallowed by it. That’s why when you read through the Bible you can see God is advising people to turn to him and away from evil, because of the consequences. And He is also, God of love, encouragement, and wants to save us.
Why did Satan target Eve?
It seems like she went to the tempting place where Satan was, and according to the scriptures she looked and desired what she saw, and then influenced her husband, which was wrong on her part. Being the first creation of God, Adam was supposed to be the stronger one to remind his wife, but failed in this area. So the devil saw that weakness in him. And when Adam decided to listen to the woman, he became weak too. Even now Satan targets the weaker spots in us; the main ones are the unbelief, the doubting and then the desiring. And it also shows that when a person has strong a faith the devil doesn’t bother him or her much, only when it notices a weakness in them.
The Devil presented a doubting question to Eve ‘Did God really say…Satan has another name (Dragon, revelation 12:7). Note; the devil (tempter) is weak but a dangerous force in the world; it is a master of all wrong doing and acts in ferocious anger. Now days it goes around the world to target every area which is connected to sin, and dominates every area of wrong beliefs. Not only that, it also goes around churches/congregations to find weak spots to do some damage. That’s why God gave us the Holy Bible to act as a shield and guidance. And the Holy Spirit to convict us of sin and point us to the truth.
The True Vine
Realistically speaking, it’s up to the person to examine their beliefs whether it is coming from God or not, and to search the truth through the Holy Bible scriptures for themselves. Jesus gave us tips, a good tree, Mt.7:16-18. And then he says John 15:1, I’m the true vine tree… a good tree has no bad fruits; (bad fruits represents sin). When Jesus established the first ministry of disciples, Satan attacked the weaker one (Judas). Why? Because he allowed the devil to trick him in his thinking, and then he was captivated by money, so he eventually became a thief and a betrayer. John 12:4-6
Satan even attacks the areas of emotions, when stress levels are high. For example, Jesus didn’t have any sin in him; the devil waited until he was stressed out by hunger after fasting. When you read the Bible you can see Jesus was above Satan. He didn’t let the devil contaminate his mind. He knew how it operates. Bearing mind, he saw the chaos in Eden. Genesis 3:21
To be continued…