Adam & Eve in the Garden
Read Genesis Chapter 3 Before anyone hits on Adam it must be understood Adam did not have the advantage we have today. Adam could not turn to past history and view the impact the decisions made by humans had on the world and humanity. Adam entered life in a perfect environment. In his world there was perfect peace, unity, and harmony between God and man, between man and nature.
In the Garden of Eden, Adam was totally dedicated and devoted to his Creator; he enjoyed and looked forward to the fellowship with his Creator. Alone in the garden this was not a difficult thing to do; he obeyed the Word of God and there was no peer pressure. While peer pressure played a role in the decision Adam made to disobey the Word of God and turn from God-centered to self-centered he was not able to use peer pressure as an excuse for his actions and avoid the penalty for his disobedience; no more than we can use peer pressure as an excuse for our disobedience.
When Adam disobeyed the Word of God he set a standard of behavior that will end in the total destruction of all flesh upon the earth, except Noah, his family, and animals he took into an ark.
Innocence of Adam and Eve
The original state of the first man and woman on this earth is summed up in the fact that both the man and woman were naked and were not ashamed (Genesis 2:25). Being naked and not ashamed implies innocency. It implies a perfect standard of moral behavior. The opening of the eyes of the man and woman is evidence of a change in the nature of the man and woman when they disobeyed Yahweh God and ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Being naked carries with it more than a lack of the covering of the body. It implies the removing of innocency and a realization Yahweh God will no longer view men and women as innocent and obedient children deserving His love, but as disobedient children deserving punishment. However, this does not mean He will no longer love His disobedient children, it means He will act toward them as a loving Father and when it is deserved, chastise them because He sees the results of their disobedience if it goes unchecked.
Coverings of fig leaves
What do we learn from this making of lion coverings from fig leaves? Adam and Eve did what men and women have done from the dawn of civilization; instead of calling upon the Lord in their nakedness shameful condition they try do what only the Lord can do and that is provide a covering for their nakedness and shameful condition.
Only the Lord can provide the covering for the nakedness and shameful condition of men and women because the problem is not the physical but the spiritual condition of men and women. In the sentencing phrase of the judgment Adam is told he will return to the ground from which he was taken (Genesis 3:19). What happens to the breath of life that was breathed into the image made from the dust of the ground; it is separated from the body. What Adam and Eve did was cover what will return to the ground.
While we are not told what was going through the mind of the man and woman knowing a time was coming when Yahweh God would come to the garden, we are told when they heard the sound of Yahweh God walking in the garden, they hid among the trees of the garden and they heard Yahweh God call out, “Where are you?” This question has been used in the attempt to prove our God the God of the Bible is not all-knowing. Don’t believe it. God knew where the man and woman were hiding. The question, “Where are you” is an invitation to look where you are or consider what you have said and come back to Him.
Do you hide from God?
What would have happened if Yahweh God didn’t come to the garden and asked this question? What would happen if God didn’t come to where we are and ask, “Where are you” when we try to hide from God? Like Adam we are not going to where God is. If God had not come to the garden Adam and his descendants and that includes you and me, would be in the same situation the fallen angels are in, forever separated from their Creator. We would be like lost sheep wandering aimless in a troubled hostile world. Like a good shepherd God calls to the lead sheep to come back to Him.
Note it is written Yahweh God called out to the man, “Where are you?” He doesn’t ask the woman where she is. He knows where she is; she is with the man and will follow him when he comes to the place where God is. Here is a lesson every husband and father should learn, your family will follow in your footsteps. Every husband and father has the responsibility to lead his family into the ways of God.
There are those who claim this incident in history is a myth. Regardless of what they may think this is a historical incident. If you believe this is a myth the next time you see a snake pay close attention to how it moves from one place to another place. If you pick up that snake it is not going to act in a friendly matter, it will bite you and cause you pain, suffering, and even death.
God told the serpent
What did Yahweh God tell the serpent; “Because you have done this, you are cursed above all livestock, and above every animal of the field. On your belly you shall go” the movement of the serpent was altered, “and you shall eat dust,” it is common knowledge that a snake does not eat dust. There is more than the diet of the serpent involved in the statement, “eat dust.” In the Bible dust is used to symbolize humiliation, “all the days of your life” Genesis 3:14 WEB). This curse will not be lifted as long as the world is in its present state that began when the man and woman decided to do there own thing. The good news is in the Millennium the animosity in nature will be removed (Isaiah 65:25), however, the curse upon the serpent will not be lifted.
Yahweh God told the serpent, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15). Enmity refers to the attitude or feelings of an enemy or enemies. Note the enmity is between the woman and the serpent and the offspring of the woman (children, humanity) and the offspring of the serpent. However, there is a shift in the curse. Note what the serpent is told, “He will bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15). Yahweh God did not say, “They will bruise your head,” He said, “He will bruise you head.” Here we have written in the account of the history a historical event that will take place in the future.
In the judgment Yahweh God did not ask the serpent why he did what he did because there is no redemption for the serpent. However, Yahweh God asked Adam who told him he was naked and Eve why did she do what she did because He was opening the door of redemption. Redemption begins with confession and not excuses.