Genesis 1:1-3: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep, and the spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Then God said, “let there be light,” and there was light.
What were the hierarchical relationships between God, man, and the serpent (Satan) in the garden of Eden? The very first verse in Genesis proclaims God’s sovereignty. He created the whole world out of nothing, and everything was His.
God created Adam out of the dust of the ground and placed on him the responsibility of taking care of everything that He had made. In a sense, Adam was God’s steward or caretaker. Adam’s authority came directly from God.
God knew Adam would get lonely in the garden all by himself, so He created Eve to be his helper, or helpmeet; Eve was Adam’s assistant.
Genesis 2:18: The Lord God said, “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
Satan, or the serpent was a fallen angel of God. He soon became so full of his own self importance, that he imagined that he should be God.
Ezekiel 28:14-17: You were an anointed guardian cherub. I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you. In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned; so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God, and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you.
Satan is a rival for God’s power and throne. He will come and tempt, trick, or destroy to gain whatever he wants. This is exactly what he does by coming alongside Eve and tempting her to disobey a direct order from God.
Genesis 3:1-6: Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You[a] shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,[b] she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
When God heard what Adam and Eve had done, he punished them. His punishments changed the hierarchy of their relationships with each other.
God’s ultimate punishment for all of mankind was separation from Him. Adam and Eve were no longer holy, they were tainted with sin. There now existed a gap between God and man that could not be bridged until Jesus came to earth and died for our sins.