Summary: The first spoken words recorded in the Bible are those of God as he brought the universe into existence, gave it order, and illumined it with the presence of His holy glory.
How Satan Tempts us
Gen. 3:1-7 Gen. 1:3
The first spoken words recorded in the Bible are those of God as he brought the universe into existence, gave it order, and illumined it with the presence of His holy glory.
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God said, "Let there be light" (Gen. 1:3).
A. With these words we see the nature of God revealed in beauty and in clarity. We see His essence which is light itself.
B. There is no darkness in God. There is no lie, no fault, no impurity. This is why He first spoke by saying, "Let there be light."
i. Note that God did not first say, "Let there be space and time" or "Let there be creation", or "Let there be the heavens." Instead, He first said "Let there be light."
ii. He said this because in light there is no darkness, no lie, no sin. We need the light of His word and truth. We need His truth.
If we walk without the light of God, we will stumble and fall. If we cannot see where we are, or where we should go, then we will be lost. If God’s word is not lighting your paths in thought, word, deed, worship, prayer, etc, then we are without hope. This is why the Bible says, "Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. " (Psalm 119:105). God’s word is light and truth. We absolutely must have it, study it, put it in our hearts, and live it.
The first recorded words in the Bible from Satan are words that are a challenge and contradiction to God’s word.
The enemy has a method of bringing us away from trust in God’s word.
First, he gets you to doubt God’s word:
"Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
First, SATAN APPEALED TO HER PHYSICAL NEEDS - her appetite. She listened to Him. Her first mistake.
Second, after the enemy has brought doubt upon God’s word, he then contradicts it:
SATAN APPEALED TO HER PERSONAL GAIN in that he was trying to convince her that she could have it all: what her eyes desired and eternal life.
Third, He reinterprets God’s word.
Within this last comment of Satan, we see the heart of Satan: He wants to be like God and he uses the deceptions of self-will, self-sovereignty, and self-rule to replace God’s word with his lies. In those lies is an appeal to the person to be like God, to be independent of God.
SATAN USES AN APPEAL TO PERSONAL POWER AND/OR GLORY.
So, the first thing that Satan does is go against God’s word. Why?
Because the Word of God is true. It reveals wisdom, goodness, faithfulness, and God Himself. It also exposes the darkness and the evil of Satan’s methods. The Devil doesn’t want that.
The devil wants to bring confusion, misery, and death.
In China, a man surnamed Long, claimed people could leave behind the woes and cares of the world if they stood naked by a road with their identification papers on the ground, and killed the first person who came along to check the papers. On June 29, 1998, Wu, his wife Long Zaihua, his ’Cousin Wu Qiugou and the cousin’s two sons went to a roadside at dawn, took off their clothes and put their papers on the ground. They grabbed the first farmer who approached, forced him to look at the papers and then stoned him, to death, the report said. But such foolishness and murder only brought them the judgment of the law.
" Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Pet. 5:8).
The devil uses anything he can to get people to disobey God and bring destruction
The Second thing is Satan attacks us in our areas of weakness.
He attacked Jesus after Jesus had fasted 40 days and had become hungry and was in need. Then Satan came in the hour of Jesus’ weakness and tempted Him
Satan even tempted Jesus by using God’s own word, the same thing he did to Eve in the garden.
Notice how Satan’s methods are predictable.
Temptation Genesis - Eve Matthew - Jesus
Appeal to Physical Appetite You may eat of the tree (Gen. 3:1) You may eat by changing stones to bread (Matt. 4:3)
Appeal to Personal Gain You will not die (Gen. 3:4). You will not hurt your foot (Matt. 4;6).
Appeal to Power and Glory You will be like God (Gen. 3:5). You will have all the world’s Kingdoms (Matt. 4;8-9)