“Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say,’…” Genesis 3:1
These are the opening words of the conversation between Satan (the serpent), and Eve which led to the fall of man. Notice Satan’s tactic here—he asks Eve if God really said not to eat from the tree in the garden. What Satan was asking Eve to do was question God’s perfection, question God’s purpose behind His commands, and thus question God’s Sovereignty! To the contemporary reader it is easy to see the abominable nature of Satan’s strategy—how dare he deceive Eve through essentially calling God a liar Who doesn’t mean what He says. But, before we pass judgment let us concern ourselves with the plank in our own eye!