And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
There are dual truths to consider. The devil is a liar and we are so very gullible. The devil is always shading the truth, giving just enough truth to make it worth considering. We are mostly an undescerning lot that gives little thought beyond the present.
The serpent says, “Ye shall not surely die.” God will not be so cruel and inflexable that he would damn you only for eating a piece of fruit. It is the play of the devil to convince us that God did not really mean what he said. God is only making idle threats to keep us in under His subjection. What a false hope that we can go on in our sin and not surely die.
The serpent adds, “God doth know that in the day ye eat therof, ye shall be as gods’.” So the grand temptation was that she would hereafter no longer be under control and woud be equal, if not superior, to God that made them, knowing good and evil. Satan points out a way which seems right to sinners but does not tell them the end of that way is death.
The Bible says, that when Eve saw that it was good for food. I am guessing here that the reason she saw that it was good for food was that the serpent MAYBE had taken a bite of this forbidden fruit and remarked how delicious it really was.
Satan had now gained quite a bit of ground with Eve. She saw that it was good for food and that it was pleasant to the eyes and a tree to be desired to make one wise. What she saw conceived lust in her heart. She saw and she desired. Her eyes were connected to her heart. The longer she looked at this fruit with her eyes, the more she began to long after it with her heart.
Then we have one of the most disturbing sentences in all the Bible. “She took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband, and he did eat.”If we ourselves are good, we will stir others to goodness, but if we are evil, we shall entice others to do evil as well. There is a close connection between doing and teaching. How needful it is for us to take heed that we do not sin, lest we should become instruments of the devil to ensnare, perhaps, the very ones we love.