Why is Satan the enemy of God?
Today in our 5th grade Sunday School class, we grappled with the question, “Why is Satan the enemy of God?”
This was one of the questions we brainstormed last week, and asked parents as well as ministry staff to help us answer. Unfortunately, no one called in last week to share an answer to this question.
We used the concordance in the back of our Bibles (most of them have one) and looked up verses which address the topic of Satan. We started with Genesis 3, the story of “The Fall of Man” and the first time Satan is mentioned in the Bible. The first seven verses of Genesis 3 are:
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 surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of 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.
We talked about what the serpent (the Devil) was asking Eve to do: To question God. We talked about how in this first set of sentences we hear from Satan, he tells a lie. He says “You will not die,” yet that is exactly what will and does happen to people because of this decision.
We discussed what type of fruit is discussed in this passage, and realized that the verses do not tell us. Some people think of the fruit as an apple, others think of it as a pomegranate. As the sidebar in the Children’s Adventure Bible says (which we read aloud) it is not really as important to know what the type of fruit was in this story, as to know what happened: Adam and Eve chose to disobey God.
Next week we are going to continue discussing this question and hopefully create a shadow-puppet skit to illustrate both the question and the answer.