The serpent is clearly identified with Satan in the New Testament (Rev. 12:9; 20:2;
II Cor. 11:3) and we are given some information regarding his origin and fall in Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14. Why do you think God allowed Satan to manifest himself in this way to tempt Eve? Why do you think the serpent approached Eve first?
His temptation starts by sowing doubts about God’s Word and attempting to make God appear to be restrictive and miserly towards humankind. How do you see this ancient approach to temptation manifesting itself in our world today? Are there any areas of your life where you are listening to the voice of the Tempter by beginning to doubt God’s Word and by viewing him as restrictive and withholding something you truly “need”? Do you think Satan has changed his tactics in modern times?
The serpent brazenly denies that there will be any negative consequences to disobeying God and, in fact, the results of sin will be wonderful. Where do you hear this philosophy espoused in our culture today? Have you bought into this ideology in your life? What have been the consequences? Any areas where you are presently thinking that you know better than God what you really need?
What aspects of sin were so appealing to Eve? What do you make of Adam’s silence? The New Testament lays the primary blame for this sin on Adam because he was not “deceived” as Eve had been. What do you think motivated Adam to sin?