Recognizing the Enemy
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. ~ Genesis 3:1
Satan is called the “serpent” in Revelation 12:9, 14, 15 and 20:2. In one frightening chapter of Genesis we catch a glimpse of his powers. He is seen to be cunning, articulate, a liar, a deceiver and destroyer, and an enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Eve’s mistake was to take him on! She was no match for the serpent; neither are you and I. The second Adam, Jesus Christ, met Satan and withstood his temptations (see Matt. 4:1-11). He overcame and destroyed him at the cross. Because of Christ’s victory, true Christians have the same power to overcome.
We are promised discernment to match Satan’s cunning, truth to counter his lies, and weapons to fight the unseen battle of the spirit (see Eph. 6:12). If we take on the old serpent in our own strength as Eve did, there is no contest. But that is more easily said than done! I like the story of the little boy who told his Sunday school teacher that when Satan knocked on the door of his heart he sent Jesus to answer it! Very wise! The serpent is stronger than all our best intentions but God is stronger than all the serpent’s worst designs!
Do you not believe in Satan? Then you really have been deceived! The Bible plots his diabolical footsteps from Genesis 3 to Revelation 20. Jesus believed in him and showed us how to counter his subtlety with triumphant truth. The serpent may have been more cunning than the beasts of the field and the man who was set over them, but he is not more cunning than God and His Christ who caught and cursed him with eternal doom (see Rev. 20:3).
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