Satan is always trying to tempt and entrap us. In order to be prepared to resist him, we should be aware of what his tactics are. Today’s passage gives us some examples of Satan’s tactics.
Genesis 2:15-17 15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” (NIV)
II. BIBLE READINGS
Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, `You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, `You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’“ 4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” 11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” 12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me– she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (NIV)
A. The Temptation (vv. 1-5)
- Who did the serpent ask? Why?
- Cite instances in your life where you were tempted to sin because your love one has been attacked, sinned or tempted also.
- What did the serpent ask the woman? (v. 1) By the way he asked it, what do you think was Satan’s purpose?
- Cite instances in your life wherein you were tricked by Satan into doubting God’s Word.
- Compare what the serpent said with God’s original command in Genesis 2:15-17. How are they different? By the way he asked it, what do you think was Satan’s purpose?
- Cite examples in your life wherein you felt God had been too restrictive.
- How did the woman answer? (v. 3) Was it exactly what God said in Genesis 2:17? What did she do?
- Cite examples in our life wherein we agree that God’s Word on the matter is clear but we do not obey fully, and either add or subtract from it, by saying “Yes, but…”
- In verse 4 Satan used another tactic. What is it?
- Give examples of Satan directly contradicting God’s Word today.
- In verse 5, Satan used another tactic. What is it?
- Give examples of Satan appealing to our pride today.
B. Falling Into Sin And Its Effects (vv. 6-13)
1. How did the woman allow herself to become vulnerable? What tactic did Satan use here? What was the result? Contrast what the woman did with what Joseph did when he was tempted by his master’s wife. (Genesis 39:7-12) Give examples of entertaining wrong thoughts in our life.
2. What made the fruit so appealing to the woman? (v. 6)
Compare these aspects of temptation to those listed in 1 John 2:16 – lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Share experiences on how Satan tempts
us in these areas.
3. After the woman ate the fruit, what did she do? (v. 6b) What tactic was Satan is using here? Give examples of this in our life.
4.What were the consequences of the man and woman disobeying God’s command? (v. 7-10) When we disobey God, what are the things we do to hide/cover-up our sins?
5. When confronted by God, what did the man and woman do? (vv. 11-13) What tactic did Satan use here? Give examples of this in our life.
REFLECTION: How often have I given in to these tactics of Satan?
6. In summary, what should we do to counter these tactics
Satan has many tactics that he can use against us. Let us be aware of what they are, and rely solely on God’s Word and strength in resisting them.