My 15 years in the ministry as a born-again Christian have taught me the critical role Satan played in the fall of humankind. Before his appearance in the Garden of Eden, humans had formed a beautiful relationship and enjoyed their fellowship with God. However, the connection got broken as soon as Satan came in between. While doing my Bible study with young people, many have wanted to know, when does Satan first appear in the Bible?
Satan’s first appearance in the Bible takes place in Genesis 3. The actions occur in the Garden of Eden, where Satan approaches Eve and asks her whether God forbade them from eating the fruits of the tree in the middle of the Garden. Eve answers that it is true that He told them so. What follows is a convincing conversation with Satan that manages to woo Eve into eating the fruit and sharing some with Adam leading to the fall of humankind.
Kindly join me as we delve into discussing Satan’s first appearance in the Bible. We will also discuss the events of the first appearance of Satan in the Bible as well as his character as portrayed in that event. Read to the end to learn about these and more about Satan and the fall of humankind.
How does Satan first appear in the Bible?
Satan first appears in the Bible as the serpent in Genesis 3. He visits the Garden of Eden disguised as the serpent and goes to where Eve is. At the time, Eve and Adam were located at different points in the Garden, and therefore the serpent takes advantage of this distance and uses his treachery to get eve into eating the forbidden fruit. She eventually shares some with Adam, and they realize they have sinned. Satan’s first appearance in the Bible brings sin to the world.
What characteristics does Satan display when he first appears in the Bible?
Satan displays himself as being crafty and convincing in Genesis 3 as he uses his wits to trick eve into accepting to eat the forbidden fruit. He comes with a cunning theory that God forbade them from eating the fruits in the middle of the Garden because He did not want them to be as wise as He was. He tells Eve that eating the forbidden fruit will open their eyes, and they will know what is good and evil, just like God. His sweet and crafty words finally manage to convince Eve, who takes a bite of the fruit. She, in turn, manages to convince Adam to have some, and the human race experiences its first downfall.
How does Satan’s first appearance in the Bible set a foundation for evil?
By convincing Adam and Eve to partake of the fruits from the tree in the middle of the Garden, Satan messes up their relationship with God and sets a foundation for evil in the world. Previously, Adam and Eve would have fellowship with God every day. However, after going against God and eating from the forbidden tree, God decides to expel Adam and Eve from the Garden and puts his Angel to guard the place with a sword of fire.
Humankind was also cursed, with each gender having to face unique challenges. For the man, He is condemned that he will have to toil and dig the hard ground for its produce. The woman was cursed and told that she would experience excruciating childbirth, while the serpent was cursed that he would crawl on his belly forever. Humankind was also denied the gift of immortality and would instead start experiencing death.
From that time, everything changed, and the perfect relationship that existed between humankind and between them and God was messed up. God’s first love was tampered with, and now every offspring coming out of Adam and Eve would be born with sin. The first two offspring to be born with sin were Cain and Abel, the first fruits of Adam and Eve.
Since the devil had already managed to mess up the relationship between humankind, negative characteristics like jealousy came into the world. Satan also ensured that he was sowing seeds of discord between humanity and managed it with Cain and Abel. He put hate in the heart of Cain, who murdered Abel, his blood brother and opened up a world of murders.
Satan destroying humankind’s relationship with God made it possible for the world to start experiencing sin and evil. The fact that he has been allowed to roam on the earth made it easier for him to continue sowing the seeds of discord among humans and making the world an evil place.
Bible verse that first mentions Satan in the Bible
Genesis 3:1 is the verse that first says Satan in the Bible and cites him as the serpent. The same verse tells us that he was cunning and managed to trick humankind into eating the forbidden fruits and messing up their relationship with God.
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