The Serpent (Genesis 3:1-24)

Adam and Eve had barely settled into the garden of Eden when the serpent tricked them into defying God and precipitating the fall of man by eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

The serpent coaxed Eve, “You will not 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.”

Eve was enchanted by this lie and ate the forbidden fruit, which she shared with Adam. Both were banished from the Garden and its comforts. God said to Adam, “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

The Serpent (Satan) makes a return in the New Testament when he tempted Jesus in the desert, but Jesus, unlike Adam and Eve, was not coerced.

 

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