Genesis 3 – Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden

Genesis 3 – Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden
Scenes: Garden of Eden
Players: Adam, Eve, Serpent, Satan, God

(Observations and Discussion follow with invitation to share your thoughts.)

Genesis 3:

Scene 1 – Eve deceived

BEFORE his encounter with Eve the serpent looked much different

1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,

3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”

4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.

5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Scene 2 – Adam becomes Partner in Crime

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Scene 3 – Investigation

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”

10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Scene 4 – Consequences

14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.

15 “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

16 To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’ Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it  all the days of your life.

18 “It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.

19 “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”

20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

22 And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”

23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.

24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

Observation and Discussion:

(1)    It seems that the serpent was the first victim of Satan’s deceptiveness because the serpent allowed Satan to occupy and use his body in the garden, which brought consequences to the serpent. If you read Genesis 3:14 where God deals with the serpent, one must assume that in the beginning the serpent looked very different than after the curse was imposed. Before the curse the serpent may have stood upright on two legs or walked on four legs.  It did not crawl on its belly and eat dust before its encounter with Eve.

(2)    Satan suffered personal consequences, some of which have yet to be enforced. Genesis 3:15 deals with Satan’s judgment and reveals for the first time God’s plan of redemption of mankind. The serpent (Satan) will bruise his heel (the heel of Jesus Christ) and the seed of the woman (Jesus Christ) will crush the serpent’s head (Satan’s head). Footnotes 2 and 3, 2 Corinthians 11:3 and Revelation 20:2, show that Satan is called a serpent, a dragon, etc., by the Word of God. Obviously, snakes, serpents, etc., are creatures in our world today and are not inhabited by Satan. They are his creatures like all others. After Satan’s use of the serpent, Satan, the Devil, was referred to as the serpent and the dragon in the Word of God. Jesus, our Savior, is referred to as The Lion of the Tribe of Judah in the Word of God. Symbolic terminology is frequently used in the Bible.

(3)    Satan, in the form of the serpent, lied to Eve and deceived her. Eve was held responsible even though she was deceived.

(4)    Adam was not deceived, according to 1 Timothy 2:14 (footnote 1). This means that Adam entered into sin with his eyes open.

(5)    Could this be how Adam knew what happened to his beloved Eve? As Eve sinned first, immediately her spirit died, and perhaps Adam could see the evidence of it. Apparently, without righteousness, Eve appeared naked. Perhaps Adam saw her nakedness the moment she ate the forbidden fruit. This may be how Adam knew for certain that what God said was true because Eve was then different. The Bible merely tells us that Adam was not deceived. Why do you think Adam decided to eat the forbidden fruit since the Bible says he wasn’t deceived?

(6)    Adam and Eve needed covering. Before sin, they were both righteous and needed no covering. Adam may have been horrified by what he saw when Eve first ate the fruit. Maybe he was not willing to lose Eve. Maybe he sacrificed his own wellbeing to be with her. We are not told why Adam did what he did, but we know what he did. And, when he did it, immediately he suffered the consequences along with Eve. Both of them were found naked and needed a covering, which God provided for them in Chapter 21. God always provides for us.

Footnotes

  1. I Timothy 2:14 says: And Adam was not the one deceived…
  2. II Corinthians 11:3 says: But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
  3. Revelations 20:2 says: He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. (Coming attractions!)
  4. John 8:44 says: Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Please feel free to share your thoughts about the account of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. My thoughts are expressed above in Observations and Discussion. The Bible says that God knew from the foundation of the world that we would need a Savior and His plan to save us was in place even before we needed it.

About Carol Ann Hoel

The new me - Carol Ann. More suitably said, the old me in new circumstances of life. Again. My history has developed in parts and chapters. In person, I am Wife, Mom, Grandma, Author, and Writer, in that order, more or less. Life is good because God is good.
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14 Responses to Genesis 3 – Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden

  1. uninvoked says:

    It never occured to me that Adam ate the fruit in full knowledge. That’s kind of scary. O.O

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    • Yes, it is. I am sure it was scary for Adam. He apparently knew he was making a serious choice. God in his mercy and grace provided forgiveness for Adam and Eve and all of us by receiving the punishment for our sin himself through Christ. Jesus removed the barrier of the sin debt, a game changer indeed. Because of His substitutionary death, the way of salvation is not about our sins (debt paid) but about our faith in Jesus, the Lamb of God. What a great God we serve! Thank you for your visit and your comment. Blessings to you…

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  2. lbdiamond says:

    Ah, the debate of free will. Great post!

    I often wonder how things would be different if they hadn’t eaten the fruit of the tree of knowledge. So sad. And the consequences continue to reverberate down all the generations and through all the ages of time.

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    • Maybe we’ll never know how it would have been without the fall. Or, maybe we will know when all is finally restored. Possibly life will be better than if there had been no fall. No fall would have meant no redemption. What a display of love from our Creator redemption is! We’d have never known the depth of the love of God without the cross.

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  3. Jingle says:

    creative piece…

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    • Thank you for stopping by. Your poetry is always delightful. The post today with the penguin is adorable. I see that you have more than one blog. I went looking for the penguin. I found it. Very cute. Blessings to you…

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  4. Bonnie says:

    Wonderful post Carol Ann!! I too was unaware that Adam at of the fruit with full knowledge that it was wrong. It is also very thought-provoking to wonder of what form the serpent may have had before the curse.

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    • Yes, I have often wondered how splendid the serpent looked before the curse. Considering how beautiful and colorful many snakes are today after the curse, imagine how striking a creature it once was. Thank you for stopping by and for your comments. Blessings to you…

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  5. Liza Kane says:

    Thanks for sharing your insights! I love that you pointed out that Eve was deceived, but Adam ate knowingly…that brought to mind some lively discussion from back in my college days (I went to private, Bible colleges for the first half of my college education)… I remember the discussion started out as a normal feminist literary theory type of discussion, but became something…else. ah, young collegiate types, thinking we knew everything 😉

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    • Thank you for visiting, Liza, and for your contribution. It can be fun to speculate on the unanswered questions. We know Adam knew the truth, but I would love to know what he was thinking. I wonder if someday some of the questions will be answered. For instance, maybe out there in eternity we may interview Adam. Ha! Hey, man, what were you thinking? We could ask Eve some questions, too. Blessings to you…

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  6. buttercup600 says:

    Never ever really thought about this Carol, so very thought provoking, just imagine if it never really happened. Sorry so late but am playing catch up 🙂 Much love to you my friend

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    • Thank you so much for visiting. No apologies necessary, Amanda. I am always pleased to see your comments. I’m not sure if you are asking what if Adam and Eve never sinned or if you are asking what if the account of Adam and Eve never happened at all. I really think you meant what if they had never sinned. If that is your question, I would have to say that Jesus Christ wouldn’t have had to die to save the world, if Adam and Eve had never sinned. But since God is omniscient, all-knowing, he knew ahead that they would and planned the cross before he created Adam and Eve, so says the Bible. I should look up those scriptures for for us.

      The second possible version of your question is intriguing, so I am giving you my thoughts on it. I’m an all-or-nothing kind of person. If anything in the Bible is false, then it isn’t what it claims to be. If it isn’t what it claims to be, the Word of God, then we have no reason to believe any of it, which would mean that we have no reason to believe in God as Creator, Provider, Healer, Redeemer, Protector, LORD, and on and on. If it never happened, for me that would be a game changer. I believe it is true, so Jesus is LORD for me, and in my life He has shown Himself true over and over again. Thank you for asking (or not asking but being misunderstood by me) that thought provoking question. It gave me a chance to give my answer.

      Blessings to you, Amanda, my dear friend from over the sea. xx00

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  7. trisha says:

    i have read this story in pieces, thanks for sharing this very interesting story.

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