1Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
Let’s clarify some things first.
In the very first sentence of this passage, the word “subtle” is translated as being “crafty” by other versions of the Bible. Either word could probably fit quite well.
Secondly, the serpent spoke to Eve. Was it that the first man and woman and all of God’s first creatures communicated with one another? Or was it only the serpent possessed of Satan who spoke to Eve? And if so, why was Eve not more curious and/or frightened by this serpent who all of a sudden spoke to her?
It would have been due to her innocence. With lack of the knowledge of evil there is no fear. Adam and Eve did not know fear or hate or evil or any other negative thing. All they would have known would have been happiness and total bliss. They knew all they needed to know, what God had told them. They would have been like children. More pure and simple even than children today for they never knew sin.
Next, was Adam with Eve when the serpent spoke to Eve? There are those who say he was but this passage does not clearly make that known. It could be that Adam was sleeping or out of ear-shot. But it does clearly state that Adam was with Eve when she committed the very first sin.
And no, the first (original) sin was not fornication. It was disobedience. You might even say the first sin was coveting since Eve coveted the forbidden fruit. But however you look at it, Eve disobeyed the word of God as did Adam. What transpires after they partake of the forbidden fruit is not recorded. These things transpired behind closed doors you might say.
What we are told is their eyes were opened, meaning they came to some realizations. One thing, and the only thing we are told is they realized they were naked. And so they fashioned themselves aprons or loincloths to gird about their waists to hide their nakedness.
Was this part of God’s design?
Was the serpent possessed of Satan? Or was the serpent merely influenced by the Father of Lies? I tend to believe the latter otherwise why would God have punished the serpent for his part in the corruption of Adam and Eve? Was God aware of what might happen in the Garden? Are we wrong in believing that God is omnipotent? Was it an experiment to see if his creation could resist temptation? These are perplexing questions and some that many people may have asked.
Why did Eve listen to the serpent?
Just how much were Adam and Eve aware of? We know they were like children. We know they knew absolutely nothing of wickedness, temptation or the art of manipulation. Were they aware of more than God, the garden and the creatures that God made? Were they aware of anything outside of the Garden? Were they aware of Satan? or the other angels fallen or not?
God was their father and they were his children. God set the rules and told them they would die if they ate of the forbidden fruit. He told them on the day they ate of it they would surely die. Did they realize the impllications of death? I would imagine that they would have been made to realize that death would have meant the end of everything that they new and loved. Otherwise, their curiosity alone may have been enough to entice them to partake of the forbidden fruit.
But why did Eve give in to the temptation? This may have been something long in coming. There is no timeframe mentioned regarding Adam and Eve’s life span in the Garden. This may have played out over many years, decades or even centuries. We, I’m sure, are all clueless as to how long their lifespan would have or could have been.
How long did they live or how long would they have lived if they had not disobeyed God? Would they have lived forever? Why did they not die on the day they partook of the forbidden fruit? Did not God say “for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
Were they pardoned due the reason they partook of the forbidden fruit? Did God reason that they should not be held solely responsible for their disobedience and therefore allow them to live? Why would God even have placed such a thing as the tree of knowledge of good and evil within the Garden and within reach of Adam and Eve in the first place not to mention the tree of life? And why would Satan not have tempted them to partake of the tree of life as well?
I believe I can answer that last question by mere reasoning. Satan was jealous of Adam and Eve and he wanted them to die. And this may be why God spared their lives.
Why didn’t the serpent try to tempt Adam instead of Eve?
I believe it is due to Adam’s being the first born of God, so-to-speak, that he had a stronger spiritual bond to his maker. Satan knew that Adam would not disobey God’s command mereley by the words of the serpent. But he also knew that Adam could be persuaded by Eve to do so. Adam was enamoured of Eve. He saw in her part of himself and would have done anything with or for her. Even to the point of disobeying his father.
Satan of course knew this and took full advantage of it. He beguilled the serpent which in turn beguilled Eve, who in turn beguilled Adam. And this begs the question and one that many have asked throughout time and has caused many to falter and lose their faith in God, “Where was God and how could he allow this to happen?”
It seems that as we explore the Bible, we are left with more questions than answers. Are we suppose to sit down and read the Bible and accept every word verbatim? No, I don’t think so. I don’t think we are suppose to be a bunch of mindless zombies. He wants us to explore and learn. But at the same time he wants us to have faith. Just as he wanted Adam and Eve to have faith in his word and commands.
Eve was tempted into disobeying God, and ever since temptation has been laid out before mankind as stumbling blocks to steer us away from the path to salvation. There are many forbidden fruits in the world today. Everywhere we look there is sin and corruption. Even within the church!
The church is rife with corruption and easily corruptible today. It would be so easy for the Anti-Christ to step into the church today. Of course this could possibly have been said many times throughout history. But more and more of the prophecies have come to pass in this day and age. Many religious scholars believe that this generation shall live to see the Anti-Christ take power. But I digress… again!
For now let’s leave it as it stands. Explore the verses of the Bible along with me to see if we can find answers to these and many more questions as we continue our journey.
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…