(Today’s post by Chris Queen)
Observations From The Fall – Genesis 3
Let’s face it – the story of Adam and Eve is pretty universal. Even people who haven’t opened a Bible in their lives have heard the account. I even recently read a book where an atheist used the example of Adam and Eve to make a serious point (one that I’m getting ready to make).
I wanted to find a fresh angle on such a familiar passage – which isn’t always easy. But I noticed three distinct observations from this chapter. Here we go…
- Some (…well, most…) temptations look appealing and beneficial on the surface…
There are no neon signs that advertise that you’re about to sin. It’s rare for a temptation to start out looking bad, or why else would we give in? That’s what Eve discovered when the serpent went after her first…and what Adam learned when she turned to him to join in with her.
6 Now the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a thing of lust for the eyes, and that the tree was desirable for imparting wisdom. So she took of its fruit and she ate. She also gave to her husband who was with her and he ate.
Guess what? They both learned pretty quickly about observation number 2.
- …but the consequences of sin far outweigh the pleasure of giving in to temptation.
Of course, Adam and Eve’s sin had a ripple effect that has plagued everyone on earth since them.
16 To the woman He said, “I will greatly increase your pain from conception to labor. In pain will you give birth to children. Your desire will be toward your husband, yet he must rule over you.”17 Then to the man He said, “Because you listened to your wife’s voice and ate of the tree which I commanded you, saying, ‘You must not eat of it’: Cursed is the ground because of you— with pain will you eat of it all the days of your life. 18 Thorns and thistles will sprout for you. You will eat the plants of the field, 19 By the sweat of your brow will you eat food, until you return to the ground, since from it were you taken. For you are dust, and to dust will you return.”
Yep, that’s right. Because Adam and Eve took the plunge in disobeying God, we’re saddled with the curse of death. I bet after their little talk with God, they regretted the taste of the fruit they were told not to eat.
But God provided a way out from sin, which leads us to number 3.
- God set his plan of redemption in motion at the Fall.
Right in the middle of the chapter is an interesting statement God made to the serpent (who is Satan, of course).
15 I will put animosity between you and the woman— between your seed and her seed. He will crush your head, and you will crush his heel.
Who is this “he” God is talking about? The Messiah, of course. Three chapters into the Old Testament, and we get our first Jesus teaser. But don’t just take my word for it; here’s what Matthew Henry had to say about it:
A gracious promise is here made of Christ, as the deliverer of fallen man from the power of Satan. Though what was said was addressed to the serpent, yet it was said in the hearing of our first parents, who, doubtless, took the hints of grace here given them, and saw a door of hope opened to them, else the following sentence upon themselves would have overwhelmed them. Here was the dawning of the gospel day.
As weird as it may sound, I love the account of Adam and Eve’s sin. I love it because it sets up God’s great, astounding redemption narrative. I love it because it reminds me that I’m not alone in sinning and that I’m not alone in receiving grace. How about you?