Crafty Arguments

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

The serpent deceived Adam and Eve because he was “more crafty” than any other creature. We normally think he simply was manipulative and shrewd. But, in fact, the Hebrew word here provides a surprising insight into how they were deceived.

Most often this word is translated “prudent” or “sensible.” For example, “A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims folly” (Proverbs 12:23). This basic definition suggests that the serpent deceived Eve by making suggestions that seemed prudent, with a tone that appeared to be sensible and practical. He spoke in reassuring ways, portraying himself as sympathetic and making God appear unreasonable.

Satan often uses this same technique to tempt us today. He tries to make God’s Word seem impractical and make us feel foolish to believe His promises. One of his primary goals is to deceive us and cause us to doubt God. The devil wants us to think he’s our friend and that his advice is for our good.

This insight shows us why the enemy is so dangerous, and why it is so important for us to have a close personal relationship with God. We must really know God’s voice and His Word, constantly on guard against Satan’s subtle deceptions. We can be sure that he will offer advice that sounds practical and beneficial, but which ultimately leads to disaster.

This does not mean that it’s wrong to be prudent and sensible. It simply means Satan attempts to twist our minds into doubting God and trusting him instead.

Today, make sure you are on guard against Satan’s temptations. His lies will be subtle and very deceptive. Commit yourself to know God’s Word and trust Him. Seek to know Him so intimately that you cannot be fooled by Satan’s lies. Be confident that God always works everything for your good.