The serpent was more crafty than any other beast. From the very beginning of this lesson we are made aware that something is going to happen, and it isn’t going to be good. The devil is out to destroy that which God created, and he is going to start by raising doubts about God’s Word for Adam and Eve. It’s no secret, the devil knows the Word of God. His mission is to use lies to lead people away from the truth.
We have heard the story plenty of times. Each person has lived through it time and again. Through temptation, the devil exploits our weakness. He tries to convince us to chase after what we feel is desirable, rather than seek God’s will. But as I said, the devil also knows the Word of God. He knows that God has a plan to save his people. Jesus of Nazareth is that plan.
God’s own Son came into the world, dwelled among God’s people and lived a life absent of sin. Facing the same temptations, Christ stood on the truth of God’s word and remained obedient. Then, through his innocent suffering and death, Christ made atonement for the sin of the world. Jesus is the Word of truth, the Word that saves. Thanks be to God.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, strengthen us through your Word, that we would resist temptation and live for you alone. Amen.