WEDNESDAY, JULY 19
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 3
As far as I know, no one knows how much time has passed in this story. We don’t know how long Adam was alone. We don’t know how much time it took him to name all the animals. Although without a woman to help him, it obviously took him longer than it should have. We don’t know how long Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden before we get to chapter 3. I want to think it was a long, long time. But knowing a little about the character of Satan and the tendencies of us humans, I suspect it wasn’t long.
At any rate when this chapter opens, Satan appears on the scene in the form of a serpent. But it is not your everyday, run of the mill, normal serpent. For one, this serpent speaks. And if you will look at the curse in verse 14, it appears that this serpent wasn’t crawling around on his body before the Fall.
Regardless, when the serpent first spoke to Eve, his first statement was an attempt to get Eve to doubt God. Eve’s response was to quote what God said but she also added a little piece when she said that God said not to even touch the tree. (He didn’t say that.) In verse 4, the serpent calls God a liar. And then he tempts Eve with the possibility of being like God.
In verse 6, we find the temptation to eat actually had three phases. One, she saw it was good for food. Two, it was a delight to the eyes. Three, it was something to be desired. That by the way is the basis for all temptation.
In 1 John 2:16, we find the pattern laid out. The Bible says, “For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world.” That is the same three fold temptation Eve went through. By the way, it is the same pattern Satan used when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness.
Eve ate. Literally she devoured the piece of fruit. She gave some to Adam. He devoured his piece of fruit. And the universal shuddered under the immediate weight of that sin.
1 Timothy 2:14 gives us some interesting insight to this. The Bible says, “And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.” So, Eve was deceived. Her deception was her sin. But Adam wasn’t deceived. In other words, his decision to eat the fruit was a conscious decision to disobey. That’s part of the reason that the sin that has plagued humanity since Genesis 3 is said to be from Adam and not Eve.
Because space is short, let me show you the first appearance of the Gospel in the whole Bible. It is Genesis 3:15 where it speaks of the woman’s see. Physiologically, the seed is not the woman’s but the man’s. So, this verse is actually pointing us to the virgin birth of Jesus. Notice that Satan will bruise the heal of the woman’s seed (the crucifixion). But the woman’s seed will bruise the head of Satan (the resurrection was the beginning of the end for Satan).
In verse 20, God sacrifices animals to cover Adam and Eve. This too prefigures not only the Old Testament system of the blood of animal sacrifices covering the sin of God’s people but also of the blood of the Lamb making a once for all atonement for all sin.
The chapter ends on a horrible sad not. Adam and Even are driven from the Garden of Eden. They are driven from Paradise to make a life somewhere east of their creation.