The Fall

fall-of-man-1578So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. (Genesis 3:6-8)

As far as temptation was concerned, this was a very powerful combination. The devil’s outright lies plus the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life = the fall of the woman (1 John 2:15-17). Instead of answering the deception of the devil with the clear Word of God, she cast her gaze upon the tree … the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Eve could have said “Wait a minute! God is good! He forbade access to this tree because He loves us and knows what is good for us. Besides, He said we’d die if we ate of this tree, and it’s dangerous to ignore His words.” But of course she did not, and the rest, as they say, is history.

The man was not deceived (1 Timothy 2:14). His was an act of rebellion. He chose his wife over God and His Word. Adam was the culpable one … it was through him that sin entered the world (Romans 5:12, 19).

The effect was immediate. They instantly became aware of themselves in a way that was shameful. They felt guilt, guilt strong enough to move them to make clothes to cover their nakedness. Prior to the fall, they had never felt guilt or shame. Nakedness was normal to them, they had absolutely nothing to hide (Hebrews 4:13).

Their guilt created a separation, as sin always does. Therefore they hid from God’s presence. Before they sinned, this was unthinkable. They would walk with God and openly enjoy Him.

Spiritually, they had died (Ephesians 2:1-3). Later, they would die physically.

For Further Review

1.  Think about the powerful combination described in the first paragraph. Describe an instance where this combination happened in your own life.

2.  Put yourself in the garden, and try to imagine being in either Adam or Eve’s position. What were their blessings prior to the fall? How had they related to God? How had He related to them? What was lost when they ate the forbidden fruit?

3.  Thankfully, the gospel of Jesus Christ restores our broken worlds (2 Corinthians 5:17, 21). We are given life through the One who paid for our sins (John 3:16). Use this time to praise the Lord for His great mercy and love!

  1. Laurie Gash
    February 27, 2014 at 11:40 am

    … Thank you Bill, this is great; so much of the suffering I see is due to the fall, it does help to put it all in perspective.

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