We, as Christians, know about the Creation and Fall Story of Adam and Eve. Some Christians are very curious about why Satan chose to speak with Eve first. That is a very good question, however, people argue about how Satan picked Eve instead of Adam. Some people think that Eve was the perfect target that Satan could convince easily because she was obviously weak and maybe she did not understand clearly what God commanded about the forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden. So do you know what happened? Let’s find out 5 reasons why Satan chose Eve over Adam.
The Story of The Fall
I am quoting part of the story of the Fall from the Bible, please continue to read below (Genesis 3:1-24):
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
To the woman he said,
“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.”
To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”
Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.
The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
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5 Reasons Why Satan Chose Eve Over Adam
- Satan, as a serpent, believed that Eve was the perfect target whom he could speak with because He thought that she was an easy person. That’s why some readers theorized this subject (Schearing, 2020).
- Satan did not choose to speak with Adam because He knew that God advised Adam not to become sinful and He instructed him not to enter the tree of good and evil and eat the fruit. Also, God taught Adam to obey His law. Adam named all the animals, including the serpent, and was aware that the serpent could not possibly talk.
- Eve might not understand what God explained deeply about not touching the fruit from the Garden of Eden. Or, she literally allowed Satan to seduce her emotionally and mindfully so she ate the fruit from the forbidden place. Adam, a man of reason and logic, would not likely listen as easily as Eve, who listened with feelings. Adam most likely would have just taken care of the serpent as any man would, by killing it.
- Satan’s approach to Eve was too convincing because she was simply confused about the difference between Good and Evil as Satan spoke of “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil“.
Lastly, the debate about this subject is continued today. Some Christian readers may agree with these reasons, as opposed to that, some disagree with 5 reasons why Satan chose Eve over Adam. Many people have various logical reasons for this subject. Let this be so. If you want to say something about this interesting subject, please feel free to write your comment below.
- Rankin, Dana Fraley, “In Genesis 3, Why did the Serpent target Eve first?”, Quroa.com, July 21, 2018. Online: https://www.quora.com/In-Genesis-3-why-did-the-Serpent-target-Eve-first
- Schearing, Linda S., “Eve in the New Testament”, n.p. [cited 4 Mar 2020]. Online: http://bibleodyssey.org/en/people/related-articles/eve-in-the-new-testament