Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1)
The Hebrew word translated as “cunning” could also be rendered as “shrewd, crafty” or “sly” — I like to use the word “slick.” This insinuates that the serpent, the Adversary, is very good at deception; in fact, from the beginning, his use of words has proven quite effective when it comes to deceiving mankind.
The “father of lies” constantly works to deceive people into rejecting the truth and embrace a lie. It’s important to realize that most of his lies will always contain a measure of truth in order that it might appear to be plausible. This is how the Adversary works and why he is regarded as “cunning” — He is very good at what he does. Nevertheless, Scripture tells us that those who reject the truth, do not have an excuse for doing so. Paul wrote:
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead.” (Romans 1:18-20)
Put simply, those who search for the truth will find it; those who are apathetic to the truth may find themselves in position to be deceived. As children of the Light, let us be those who diligently pursue the truth and embrace it with all of our hearts.
Blessings and Shalom,