The serpent said to the woman, ‘Did God really say?’ (Genesis 3:1)
The accuser brings questions of truth. In the time of temptation, the beginning point is a questioning of what we would otherwise know to be true:
- Is it really that big of a deal if I have sex with my boyfriend?
- No one will really know if I take a little extra cash for myself
- How do I know that Jesus really existed at all?
The question of truth is inevitably a question of God. For Eve in the garden it was a question of what God had spoken regarding boundaries in Eden. For Jesus in the wilderness, it was a question of his identity as the Son of God and the humble way He would take.
Where is the accuser bringing truth into question in his temptation of us today?