Early in my Christian walk, I asked this question, Who is Satan? I subsequently put together a small study on my findings, and will share it here in hopes that it will be helpful to others with the same question.
The following will be a brief study of the person of Satan and how he is depicted in the Bible. What is our defense against him? How does knowing who he is and how his plans affect us as Children of God help us to be victorious in our walk?
We begin our study in Genesis. Take some time to read chapters 2 and 3, to get familiar with that story, especially if you have never read it before. We are going to focus in on the first commandment that God gave to humans on earth.
Gen 2:15-17Ge 2:15-17
15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."
What was the command given by God to Adam?
What was the name of the tree?
How important was this commandment? (note the penalty for disobedience)
Next we will look at how the commandment was broken.
3 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'?"
2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'"
4 Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. NKJV
How did the Serpent re-word the command that had been given to Adam?
What changes did Eve make to the command?
Why do you think the serpent was able to convince Eve?
This will do for a starter. I hope that there will be at least a few who will answer the questions. Then we will move to the next lesson.