Everyone is familiar with the story of Adam and Eve. God made them, put them in the garden, told them not to eat a certain fruit, they ignored, ate the fruit anyway, cast out, mankind cursed. Frequently, the deed is portrayed as a bite, a taste. But I think it was more than that ……….. much more.
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
Genesis 3:6-7 NIV
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.
Some interesting notes about the account:
First of all, look who the command to not eat the fruit was given to ……….. Adam, not Eve. The command was given before Eve was created. Note that Adam was never called “Adam” until after the Fall. Before that he is simply referred to as “the man,” which, by the way, is what Adam means.
Where was Adam when Eve was being tempted? Verse 6 of Genesis 3 says he was with her, but he is never mentioned in the conversation with the serpent. Hmm…
Here’s an interesting question – how old were Adam and Eve? Were they teenagers, young adults, middle age? Scripture doesn’t say.
When they sinned against God by taking the fruit, it was more than just one bite. Genesis says they ate the fruit. In other words, they bit, chewed, swallowed, and consumed. They made a meal of it. They ate it and enjoyed it first and foremost because it was good for food. They probably ate more than just one fruit. Why stop at just one when you have a tree full in front of you?
Their eyes were not immediately opened to their sin. How do I know? Because Eve felt no shame about being naked when she first gave the fruit to Adam. It wasn’t until after he had eaten, and we don’t know how long after, that they understood the gravity of what they had done. Then they felt shame.
With their disobedience to God and their consumption of the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve introduced sin, death, and decay into the world. Sin makes us compulsive – we can’t stop once we begin. What starts as a taste quickly becomes a bite, then a meal, then an all-you-can-eat buffet. It’s never just one bite ……….
Mugs up! Lord spare us from the temptations of this world and give us the power to repel the things that entice us the most.