The Snake - Genesis 3:1-3

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.
— Genesis 3:1-3

This serpent isn't just any old snake, this is the devil in serpentine form. "More crafty" means that this is a serpent with non-serpent-like deceptive powers which matches biblical descriptions of evil and the devil. God is not the author of evil, but he allows it, and plans for the possibility that free agents can commit evil acts. This is all part of the master plan.

In one sense, God does not delight in evil. In fact, his holiness is abhorred by it, and he always moves eventually to destroy it. But it is planned for by him, and thus he uses our evil to advance his good causes. How, you ask?

Good shines against the backdrop of evil. If it were not for the darkness of night you could not see the beauty of shooting stars. Men and devils act as free agents within their natures to do evil things that God is not morally responsible for, but uses, sometimes mysteriously, for his own good purposes. Satan has already rebelled against God at this point and now plays his role in the master plan to advance the plan of redemption for God's glory.

Do you understand and recognize that God can use even terrible things for the good of his people and his own glory?

Life Application Questions:

  1. Just because we don't understand some of God's ways at times, does that mean that they're not true or good?
  2. Do you recognize God's ability to use "bad" things in his plan for his glory?

Prayer Helps: Praise the Almighty for his inscrutable ways today.