God looked at Adam and saw that he needed a helper, a person providing him assistance and support in good times or bad. The person that God created to help Adam was like him, but different. She was a woman.
Adam and Eve then became God’s pattern for humans. God blessed the first couple and gave them His plan for mankind —
“Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over living thing that moves on earth. See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.” (Genesis 1:28-29)
God’s plan for mankind was given to a couple: a husband (male) and wife (female) team, not to two men or two women.
Satan also knew God’s plan for mankind. The evil one understood that if man and woman followed God’s plan, mankind would continue to be blessed forever and ever by God. Satan’s desires to be like the Most High and a god would then never happen. So, he had to do something to further his ambitions, but what?
From experience, Satan knew he could not defeat God, but he also knew that God would not put up with the sin of rebellion. His plan was simple: deceive Adam and Eve into rebelling against God.
“You will not surely die…you will be like God…” (Genesis 3:4-5)
Eve saw that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was good for fruit, it was pleasant to her eyes, and she desired it. She took the fruit and ate it.
Adam watched Eve eat the fruit and noticed she didn’t die. He then ate the forbidden fruit, too.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience (Ephesians 2:1-2)
(Continued in Part 7…if you’re interested, the full series to date can be seen here.)