[CF Devotionals] 2013-04-26 - The Fall of Man

Definitely the first tragedy recorded in scripture and arguable the biggest tragedy is found in the third chapter of Genesis. In the first two chapters God created everything including man. Adam had the whole world under him and could do anything he wanted. Well almost anything. Genesis 2:16-17 records, "The Lord God commanded the man, saying, 'From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.'" (NASB) Just one rule – don't eat from this one single tree. Then God creates woman and they live in paradise ruling over all of God's creation. And that's where this fantastic tale turns tragic.

Genesis 3:1-13

Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; 3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” 4 The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! 5 For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 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 loin coverings.

8 They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” 11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

The story continues with the curses that God puts on the snake, on man, and on woman but we’ll end it here as I want to just concentrate on the fall and not its results. I think from here we can learn four concepts that will help deal with sin above the obvious just don't do it.

First do not add or subtract from what God says. God said, "Don’t eat the fruit of that one tree or you will die." Eve added, "Don't even touch it." Satan removed the penalty from God's words when he said, "You won’t really die." Both what Eve and the snake did changed God’s word. Don’t change it. I try to be careful to understand what the Bible says and work hard to not add my own ideas into it. My twelve year-old son, Jordan, teaches counsel time in our church's AWANA program from time to time. He usually practices his ideas on me and most of the time they are pretty spot on. But, there are times when he comes to me and I have to tell him that he is treading all over what scripture says and twisting it to say something that is not supported by the text or the context.

Second, don't focus on the negative. Adam and Eve had free reign of the whole planet of all the wonders it had to offer for their enjoyment. But Eve looked on the one thing she couldn't have. Rules may eliminate doing something but not everything; concentrate on the "everything else". If I say don’t press the button to a crowd of people then that button is what most will concentrate on. And some will succumb to the temptation of the thing they dwell on.

Third, take responsibility. Don't play the blame game. Adam blamed God for making Eve and blamed Eve for giving it to him. Eve in turn blamed the serpent. You can't repent of sin without responsibility and remorse. Adam hiding perhaps could indicate some remorse but he failed on the responsibility part. It is pure speculation on my part but I sometimes wonder how different things may have been if Adam and Eve had repented of their sin against God instead of trying to cover it up and excuse it away.

Fourth, I want you to notice something that I have missed so many times in reading this story. Look carefully at verse six. As Eve ate the forbidden fruit, where was Adam? He was with her. But the Bible doesn’t say he tried to stop her or anything. Why not? Was he going it alone and letting Eve go it alone. God created them to be together. We are created to be in community with one another. Don't fly solo; don't be a lone ranger; do not go it alone. Help others and hopefully they will help you. If you see someone going the wrong way, stop them or at least try. This can be summed up with one word: accountability.

IHFHBOH
Adam

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