Condensed from my Missions Course (2008).
How did Eve open herself to deception by the serpent?
In the first place, she wandered away from her husband. Had he been with her, he might have helped to draw her away from the tempter.
Eve was enchanted by a talking serpent and in the ensuing dialogue, she misquoted God’s instructions. The serpent craftily inquired if it was true they couldn’t eat of every tree of the garden. When Eve answered, she added to what God had told Adam. (These instructions were given Adam before Eve was created but as his wife, she was made aware of God’s instructions and commands.)
What God had said was that they could eat of every tree of the garden except of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day they ate of it, they would surely die. What Eve said was “God has said ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
What Eve added was “nor shall you touch it.”
The serpent took advantage of this, assuring her “You will not surely die” and demonstrated by touching the fruit. Eve had unwittingly opened the door to deception and the serpent exploited it.
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