But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5
So, was Satan telling Eve the truth? After all we know neither she nor Adam dies after eating fruit from the forbidden tree. None of us would be here if they had died. We also know that God cannot lie, so what are our options. As I have written when we looked at the first two verses in Genesis 3, Satan is at his very best when he shades his lies with a bit of the truth. In this case he first tells Eve that they will not die at least not in the near time. What Satan leaves out is that God did not tell Adam and Eve that they would fall over dead with the first taste of the forbidden fruit. God just told them they would die.
Physical death is just one death that can befall us. There is also spiritual death, separation from God. In this instance I think God was talking about both kinds of death. Up until now humans had not experienced physical death. It is quite possible that had they not disobey God Adam and Eve may have never experienced physical death. We know today how remarkable is the regenerative ability of our bodies. As I write this at 62 years of age, almost all of the cells in my body ate less than 10 years old. In fact very few of the cells in our bodies are as old as we are and maybe none are that old. It is only as our DNA and the regenerative process corrupts that we age and eventually die.
I really think God was more concerned with our spiritual death. Something that happens when we disobey God and turn from Him. Until they chose to disobey God both Adam and Eve had a very personal relationship with God. They spoke directly to God and He answered them directly. It was a relationship closer than we can have today. A relationship that could only be mended by Jesus and even then while we are still in our sinful bodies we cannot have such a close relationship as Adam and Eve had. So in their disobedience death entered the world.
What would cause them to risk so much? Satan tempts them by telling them that once they ate the fruit they would be like God. Satan wanted to be like God, to be God. He used his own greatest desire to tempt Adam and Eve. They fell for it and in trying to be like God they ended up being separated from God just as Satan was separated from God. We have inherited our sin nature from Adam but we also inherited something else for him. Mankind has had an ongoing desire to be God. We want to replace Him. Satan whispered that idea to Adam and Eve and he has been whispering it to us ever since. Satan will tell us whatever we want to hear in order to drive us away from God. He wants us to be like him not like God.
Have a blessed day,