This is the first time we read of the serpent, Satan or the devil, speaking. The second occasion was when God gave Satan permission to tempt Job, and the last occurrence was in the account of Christ’s temptations in the wilderness.
How did the devil tempt Adam and Eve?
The serpent spoke first to Eve. Where was Adam? Was there an abdication of duty by him not being there when the serpent appeared to Eve?
Or was there an abdication on her part by not referring his appearance to Adam?
This raises the subject of headship.
In 1 Corinthians 11:3,7-9,11-12 we read “But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.….man is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man is not from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man….Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord. For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God”.
We read in 1 Timothy 2:13-15 “For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control”.
There are several other references to headship in the New Testament. They include:
Ephesians 1:22 “God gave Him – Christ – to be the head over all things to the church”.
Ephesians 4:15 “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up to Him in all things, which is the Head, even Christ”.
Ephesians 5:23 “for the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church”.
Although this is an important topic for thought and study we will leave it there for now as the context in the account of the Fall is more speculative.