Last time out, we started to consider a conversation captured in the garden of Eden. It was between the subtle serpent and eager Eve. We established that the conversation was centred on what God said, for the serpent had every reason to believe that God surely must have said something. We also see the response of the woman, Eve;
 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:Genesis 3:2-5 (KJV)
 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Immediately it becomes obvious that this was not precisely what God had said. When God spoke he was quite specific about one tree, The tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Eve merely said, “the tree in the midst of the garden”. That is quite vague.
Now we can see one factor that makes for vulnerability to a scam: Vagueness on the part of the target. As believers we can not afford to be uncertain or unsure about the speaking(s) of God. It puts us in a precarious position. We become cheap targets.
Next notice she adds, “…Neither shall ye touch it.” God most certainly did not say this. And we cannot in good faith even say that he insinuated it. So what gives? She expressed a faulty information. So not only was she vague, she also was incorrect about that which she thought she knew.
And so the Serpent moved in for the kicker: “Ye shall not surely die”. Very bold and confident of him. He didn’t even beat round the bush or any such thing. He opposed God straight up. But note; he wasn’t saying that God was lying. He was only saying that God wasn’t completely honest with them. He left something out.
Therefore, because she was vague in her understanding and didn’t have her information straight, he was able to manipulate the whole field. He provided her with new information that didn’t raise any red flags – and even if she had run against her current database, it wouldn’t have. Why? Because the database itself was flawed.
So he adds that, the reason why God was being all rules and regulations was not because they would die but rather God didn’t want them to be gods, specifically to possess the knowledge of good and evil.
But you see, obviously God was very candid with them. This state that the serpent was deliciously advertising to her, in God’s lexicon, it is called death.
Therefore, in the final analysis, the devil successfully sold as desirable that which was detestable. He successfully offered Eve death, wrapped as life. He played a fast one on her.
Even today, the modus operandi of the subtle serpent has not changed. He aims for our word from God, putting pressure on our clarity and accuracy. If we are found lacking, it puts us at a disadvantage and if we aren’t careful, we might be caught as prey. The rest will become history.