We are now over halfway through our time looking at Eve, and if you haven’t read Naomi’s summary of last weeks verse do head over to her blog and read it. We’ve explored how Eve was made in the image of God, to be Adam’s helper, out of the side of Adam. This week is quite different, as we have been looking at the well known story of “THE FALL”!!!!
“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” Genesis 3:6
stop playing the blame game
Welcome to the most famous and the founding gender relating argument – who’s fault was the fall?!
This week all the blame arguments have been flooding back to me – was it Eve’s fault for listening to the snake? Did she really know what she was doing? Did she trick Adam? He was right next to her yet did nothing to stop her or intervene. Was it the snakes fault for telling fibs? He was very good at twisting God’s word. Was it Adam’s fault for not standing up to Eve and correcting her? After all he was the only one who heard God’s original instruction as to why they shouldn’t eat from the tree.
Who is to blame and who is blameless??
Does it really matter????
The only thing that I can say for sure after reading this verse is that in eating the fruit they do not trust God’s word as true. If they really did trust God then they wouldn’t question his statement “for when you eat of it you will certainly die” Genesis 2:17. This is the first sin, not in that it was a “naughty” act and against the rules (what we sometimes thing of sin as) but that Adam and Eve turned their back on God and decided to take things into their own hands.
So what happens? God punishes ALL OF THEM. He doesn’t say that the snake gets a bigger punishment, followed by the woman, then the man has a lesser punishment because he was least to blame. No. They were all in the wrong and they all get punished. And the punishments are most painful to each of their unique attributes.
a strange new world
This week I put myself right in Eve’s shoes. I stepped out from the safety of being with my creator, into a brand new and strange world. Like a child, everything was a new experience – the creation itself, Adam, animals, wisdom, food, everything. When I put myself in Eve’s shoes I started to feel a bit confused and bewildered by it all – the vastness and newness of everything. No wonder the snake could so easily manipulate her. She had never known lies or that it was possible for the truth to be bent. In the same way that we speak to our children about “stranger danger” as we know that they are likely to believe the lies of those with wrong intentions, Eve was easily tricked because she knew no different.
So lets not be too harsh on Eve – would we have done any better if put in the same situation??
Sin with good intentions is still sin
So whilst we are feeling a bit sorry for Eve, should we actually give her a bit of credit? It says in our verse that she saw that the fruit was “desirable for gaining wisdom”. Now surely that is no bad thing? Maybe her motives were just that she wanted to learn and know more – very honorable. But even with the good intentions of bettering herself and satisfying her hunger, eating the fruit was still a sin and against what God had said.
What things in our lives are we justifying as “good” overall, even though we know that it is sinful and against what God would want? I want to challenge you this week to root our those things and to see them as they really are.
We will be stepping into Eve’s shoes as she deals with the punishment for her actions, looking at this verse:
“To the woman he said, “I will make your pain in childbearing very severe; with painful labour you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” Genesis 3:16
Naomi from The Organised Life Project will be leading the discussion over in our facebook community and writing up the summary post next week, so make sure you sign up below to take part in our midweek discussion, freebies and fun!