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)
When it comes to Satan’s attempts to seduce God’s people away from the truth, rarely do we see him attempting to do it with blatant and obvious wicked things. If he were to do that, most of God’s people would immediately recognize the ploy and dismiss him. Unfortunately for us, he is much more subtle than that and will usually use those things that we don’t suspect.
Case and point: in the beginning, he didn’t try to seduce the woman with things that were obviously wicked. No, instead, he initiated the conversation with, “What did God really say to you about these trees and what did He really mean by it?” In other words, he used the Word of God to lure the woman into his snare. How many times have people been led astray by what they thought the Bible said?
It seems obvious that this same tactic is being used, presently, with great skill and success. If need be, even the media, various politicians and organizations throughout the world will quote Scripture if they think it will sell their agenda. So, as believers, we must take heed and remember what Paul warned us of so long ago:
“We should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Messiah” (Ephesians 4:14-15)
There are devious and skillful orators in this world who continually try to convince people that a square is actually a circle, many times, invoking a verse of Scripture to give it legitimacy. So then, Paul’s admonition is that we know the truth, speak the truth, and live the truth. Our lives and the lives of others depend upon it.
Blessings and Shalom,