- Satan highlights what God has forbidden rather than what he has given to incite sinful desire, grounded in self-sufficiency, self-confidence, and self-trust (‘but God said’ / ‘the LORD has prevented me’)
- Satan induces faith in self to determine right & wrong rather than faith in God’s word (‘so when the woman saw’ / ‘behold … it may be’)
- Satan maximizes the damage and uses the faithlessness destroy the faith of others (‘you have listened to the voice of your wife’ / ‘Abram listened to the voice of Sarai’)
- Satan knows that we were made for fellowship, so he exploits that for sin (‘she also gave some to her husband…’ / she ‘took Hagar the Egyptian, her servant, and gave her to Abram her husband’)
- Satan’s plotting brings guilt & shame as we realize what we’ve done (‘the eyes of both were opened’ / ‘when she saw…’)
- Satan happily leaves us to deal, in misery, with the consequences of our sin (‘they sewed fig leaves together’ / ‘she looked with contempt on her mistress’)
May God keep us faithful and wary for our enemies attacks. This is how they typically go. Thank the Lord that he has given us a way of escape (1 Cor 10.13) in the gospel of Jesus.