Adam and Eve Disobedience - In today's world
Genesis Chapter 3 What do we see happening in the world today, the same thing that happened in the Garden of Eden? Do people really know what God said or do they know only what man has said? Do they compare what God has revealed through the prophets, apostles, and above all others Jesus with what man says?
Adam and Eve didn't deny what they did but they didn't admit what they did was wrong. Their confession was not a penitent confession but an excuse. Did they think God would accept their excuses? We often make excuses for what we do or don't do what we should do. We make excuses for what other people do. We blame our short comings on the back of others. We make excuses for the immoral behavior that is spreading across the face of this nation. Do we really think God is accepting our excuses, our political correct attitude, and our tolerance of immoral behavior? Did He accept Adam and Eve's excuses? He is not accepting our excuses. Did He hold Adam, Eve, and the serpent accountable for what they did? Will He hold us accountable? We had better believe it. He did, He does, and He will.
Guilty as charged
All the evidence has been presented, the defendants are found guilty, and the sentence phase begins. The serpent's form and movements were altered and he was humbled and will be considered a vile and despicable creature, an object of scorn and contempt all the days of its life for its part in the revolt against God. The finger of justice is also pointed at Satan who used the serpent to be his mouth piece. He will be destroyed by the Seed of the woman, the Redeemer of mankind.
In this passage there is a proclamation of war involving the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan, between the godly and the wicked. We are involved in this war. All the rage and malice of the persecutors against the people of God, both Jew and Christian, are the results of this war. And it will continue until the day the Prince of Peace returns to this earth and takes His place on the throne the Ancient of Days has given Him.
Encouragement: Promised Seed
There are words of encouragement in the promise the Seed of the woman will bruise the head of the serpent. The man and woman saw a ray of hope shining in the darkness that has descended upon the earth. Here was the dawning of the gospel message. This promise is a message of encouragement and hope for all mankind. The Promised Seed has come and He has bruised the head of Satan. He has taken his power from him.
Those who serve Satan are serving a defeated prince. We who are serving Jesus are serving a victorious King, the Savior of all who will come to Him. We have the gospel message and we need to take it into the entire world. On Calvary's hill the heel of the Seed of the woman was bruised and the head of the serpent, Satan received a death blow. He is slowing dying. The war is drawing to a close.
Pain and sorrow
Yahweh God said to Eve, "I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, in pain you shall bring forth children; and your desire shall be for your husband and he shall rule over you." Sin brought sorrow, trouble and pain into the world. The pains of child-bearing, every moan and groan, speak of the consequences of eating the forbidden fruit. All the sorrow, trouble, and pain in the world today can be traced back to the Garden of Eden. Through the ages sorrow, trouble, and pain have multiplied. They will continue to multiply until the end of days.
Then Yahweh God said to Adam, "Because you have listened to the voice of thy wife, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you saying, you shall not eat of it: cursed is the ground because of you; in toil shall you eat of it all the days of your life; both thorns and thistles shall grow for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field; by the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return unto the ground; because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return."
Disobedience of Adam and Eve
Because Adam disobeyed Yahweh God his life and the lives of his descendants are filled with misery and sorrow. Some never find any pleasure in life. Others find brief moments of pleasure. We might ask why we should suffer because Adam disobeyed God. We have inherited the only thing our parents Adam and Eve could hand down to us. We must not look at only the effect of disobedience in the garden we must see the righteousness of Yahweh God. He can never leave disobedience go unpunished. The pain and suffering we experience, even death, is a reminder of the righteousness of God. He is just. It should also be a reminder there is a day coming when all pain, suffering, and tears will be wiped away for those who have given their lives into the loving tender care of our heavenly Father.
Life everlasting is offered to all mankind. The penalty demanded has been fully paid. The Promised Seed of the woman paid the full penalty demanded. He was made a curse for us (Galatians 3:13). He was beaten, hung on a tree, crowned with thorns, humiliated, and died. The good news; He was raised from the dead and is seated on the throne of Yahweh God, interceding for us.
Court is adjourned. Then Yahweh God, "made for Adam and for his wife coats of skins, and clothed them." Here is an example of God's love. He corrects Adam and Eve like a loving father would do but He does not disinherit them.
Banned from the Garden
Then Yahweh God said, "The man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever- therefore God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the Garden of Eden the Cherubim, and the flame of a sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." The driving of Adam and Eve was both a punishment and an act of mercy. If they would have eaten the fruit from the tree of life they would live forever alienated from God. They would have become like the fallen angels, forever banished from the presence of God.
We descended from Adam and Eve
We are the descendants of Adam and Eve. In Genesis 5:3 it is written, "Adam lived one hundred thirty years, and became the father of a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth" (WEB). When we came into this world like Seth we bear the image and likeness of Adam. We live in a stained and soiled world. The tendency of our heart when we came into the world was toward disobedience, separated from God, but not His love. God has a cure for what ails us. It is the blood shed by the Lamb of God for the sins of the world. Through that shed blood we can become new creatures. Today this cure is offered to all mankind. We all have to make a decision; no one can make it for us. Will we accept the cure and be healed?
The account of the life of Adam ends with the words, "All the days that Adam lived were nine hundred thirty years, then he died" (Genesis 5:5). What a sad ending.