Today’s word study is taken from Genesis 3:1 and is the word “subtil”. The Hebrew word is aruwm and is pronounced ‘aw-room’. It is usually translated as cunning but also includes the idea of crafty, prudent, and sly. It is usually meant in a bad sense.
This is the word that is used to describe the serpent that spoke to the woman and the serpent is understood as a reference to Satan. Notice the strategy. The ability to deceive increases in effectiveness as the separation from the source increases. Satan did not attack Adam as he had a close relationship to God so he came to the woman who in turn, had a relationship to Adam.
The second level of attack was not to defy God, but only to put a question on the motive of God. He took a partial truth and twisted it to imply that God was not looking to your best interest and was holding out on you. By asking a question about God’s instructions he implied a lack of understanding on the part of Eve and introduced the idea that there was more to it than she knew. When she responded, In her effort to show her knowledge, she added the part of even touching it and fell into Satan’s trap. She was now guilty of adding to or changing God’s instructions. Her insecurities opened her up to other trickery At this point Satan challenged God’s follow through saying “ye shall not surely die”. In other words, surely God won’t destroy His own creation. To this he offered another partial truth about knowing good from evil . . . and ye shall be as gods. And the when she saw. . . (the possible benefit) . . she took and ate and gave to her husband and he did eat.
Oh! What A Tangled Web We Weave When First We Practice To Deceive” Sir Walter Scott. Because of the sin of Adam we now live in a world of twisted values, empty promises, partial truths and self justification. We walk in this dark world until we take God at His word and follow Him. Until then we practice deception like the Father of lies. Out of the mouth proceeds the intent of the heart and as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Mt 5:37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.