Reading: “… He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” John 8:44
Satan is man’s greatest enemy; he is a liar par excellence and the destroyer of souls and lives. He pulls apart (“devours”) the life as a lion does his prey (1 Peter 5:8). He attacks the vulnerable. He addressed the woman first; she was the one with the greater sensibility, with more feeling. She is more emotionally responsive. AsReading: Satan aimed at the weaker part of humanity in the first temptation, so today he attacks that weaker part of our lives, wearing us down until we yield to his overtures.
He took the position of pretended ignorance. He asks a question. This was a confidence-builder for Eve, giving her the impression that she was a match for him or that she can teach him. This tactic still works today. If Satan can get a response (our attention), he has accomplished his first goal. How many have fallen because they entered into dialogue with the Devil, rationalizing sin, entertained questions, looking at a sin until we convince ourselves that it is actually a virtue.