Archive for May 22nd, 2014

Genesis 3

Genesis 3 has Adam and Eve in the garden.  And there was a third being there – the serpent.  And the serpent asks the woman “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden”?  The woman knew exactly what God had said which was “you shall not eat of the fruit of the tree”.  It wasn’t gray, it was completely black and white.  But the serpent twisted the commandment and convinced the woman that eating the fruit would be a good thing.  So “she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate”.

After they ate their eyes were opened and they knew they had disobeyed what God had said.  “The man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God”.  We too often know when we have disobeyed God.  Sometimes we try and hide, or pretend it didn’t happen, but we know we have made a wrong choice.  God comes to the garden and asks “Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat”?  Adam admits it but blames the woman.  Eve admits she ate the fruit, but immediately blames the serpent.

It would be easy to blame Eve for what happened here.  After all, she was the one who disobeyed first and then brought Adam into the sinful act.  But looking carefully at the text, Adam was with her as she took the fruit from the tree and ate it.  Adam isn’t innocent here.  He watched her violate God’s commandment.  While the serpent certainly tempted her, the truth of the matter is that Eve made a choice to take the fruit and eat it.  The serpent didn’t force her, she made the choice.  That is the reality of sin.  It is a choice.  We make the choice intentionally to violate God’s law or commandments.

God then punishes all three participants in this sin.  The serpent is banished to “on your belly you shall go”.  The woman it told that this sin will “multiply your pain in childbearing”.  The man is also punished with a future of “the sweat of your face you shall eat bread”.  There is a price to pay when we make the choice to sin.  God does not just let it pass.  His nature won’t allow that.  In fact, in this case “the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken”.  Adam and Eve are kicked out of paradise – the Garden of Eden – because of their sin.  Sin always carries a price tag.  We need to think carefully before giving in to temptation.

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