8And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 9And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, ‘Where art thou?’ 10And he said, ‘I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.’ 11And he said, ‘Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?’ 12And the man said, ‘The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.’ 13And the LORD God said unto the woman, ‘What is this that thou hast done?’ And the woman said, ‘The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.’
14And the LORD God said unto the serpent, ‘Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel’.
The Original Sin Laid Bare
After the disobedience of God by eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, Adam and Eve hide in the trees to hide their nakedness as God enters the Garden. They are hiding more than their physical nakedness, they are hiding also because they have bared their spirits through their disobedience. They are ashamed not simply because they now realize their bodies are naked but because they also now realize their souls have been laid bare.
God calls to Adam knowing full well where he and Eve were hiding saying “Where art thou?” He calls to Adam because he is the one responsible for Eve, all things within the Garden and himself. He also calls out to him to see what answer Adam will offer up to him. Adam answers and says he hid because he was afraid “because” he was naked! His nakedness baring his very soul.
The Blame Game
Then God asks Adam who had told him he was naked, and had he eaten of the forbidden fruit. And what was Adam’s reply? He laid the blame on Eve his soul-mate of whom he was so enamored. He didn’t hesitate to throw her under the bus. His fear and shame of what he had done caused him to pass the blame perhaps in an effort to lessen his own blame.
Next God turns to Eve and asks, “What is this that thou hast done?” And what is her response? She turns right around and blames the serpent! Notice the pattern here? I can only imagine that the serpent was ready to lay blame on Satan at the drop of a hat. Of course many people believe that the serpent was Satan. If this is truly the case, then I’m sure he had his blame ready to blurt out. The pattern laying blame upon others for our sins has continued throughout time. It takes a man or woman strongly rooted in what is right to stand up and take the full force of the blame upon themselves.
The Original Sentence
God turns to the serpent. He curses him to go forevermore upon his belly eating dust all the days of his life. Furthermore, he lays a curse upon him which is also directed toward Satan for his part in the deception of the woman. He says that there will be enmity between the serpents seed and the woman and her seed. And that the serpents seed shall bruise the heel of the woman’s seed who shall bruise the head of the serpents seed. Of course this ultimately leads to the conflict between Satan and Christ. But I am getting ahead of myself. This will be food for thought for another day.
What if it were your own child?
How many times have we as parents come home to find that our child or children have done something wrong. Knowing full well who the guilty party was we ask the child what happened nonetheless to see what answer they will give and admonish them all the more if they are not forthcoming. And how many times does the child blame one of his siblings for talking him into doing what he knew to be wrong?
What do you do in this case? Do you only punish the one child? Or do you punish all guilty parties? I can tell you from personal experience that it is wrong to only punish the one child. If the other children go unpunished, the unpunished ones will develop a pattern of talking the one child into doing wrong things over and over. And due to the one child’s blind devotion to and love for these other siblings, he will continue to do things that will land him in the hot seat when Mom or Dad come home.
All parties involved must be punished just as God punished all who partook of this original sin. God administered just the right punishment in order to insure that at least Adam or Eve would not sin again. The punishment was harsh and not only affected Adam and Eve but all of mankind for all time so that we may each of us learn from the sins of the father and mother of the entire human race.
Next week we will get into Adam and Eve’s punishment.
Please do leave your comments, whether in support of or against my commentary. Let me know what your take is on these verses. Till next week…