Creation’s flawless nature is unable to last very long. The entrance of a new, crafty being into the timeline changes the story’s dynamic in the blink of an eye. With basically no introduction, the being known as the serpent slithers into the conversation with impending, disastrous results. At first glance, all that is known concerning his identity is that he is “more crafty than any other beast of the field” (Gen. 3:1).
The remaining pages of Scripture will fill in the holes of his identity. This serpent is none other than the antagonist of the big story. He is Satan – the Devil himself. Some of his nicknames include the Accuser, Beelzebub, the Enemy, Lucifer, the Tempter, and other not-so-flattering monikers. His aliases alone reveal that this is not a being to be trusted, and yet his very tactic is to get people to do that very thing.
To clarify, Satan is the antagonist, yet he is never depicted as having equal footing with the protagonist – Yahweh.