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 “serpent” is נחש nachash which literally means “shining one.” This is interesting because, contrary to the misconceptions many have, Satan doesn’t present himself with horns, wearing a red suit and carrying a pitchfork. He actually performs his works of evil, most often, in the shadows. Moreover, Paul said that He comes as an “angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). He goes on to say:
“Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” (2 Corinthians 11:15)
In other words, because the Adversary poses as something he is not, those who emulate his attributes will do likewise. Appearing as something or someone who is “good,” allows those who intend to deceive to operate undetected. So then, as children of the light, we cannot allow ourselves to relax our guard. We should not be taken in by the Great Illusionist as he attempts to bedazzle us with the flashy object in one hand, lest he successfully fulfills his true intentions with the other.
Therefore, let us keep our focus upon the Author and finisher of our faith — the One is called “Faithful and True — that we might not be led astray by the Imposter, the “shiny one.”
Blessings and Shalom,