God's Encounter with Adam and Eve

Gen. 3:6-7:
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.
7Then 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.”

The woman understood or rationalized three things:
  • Good for food (body appetites)
  • A nice sight for the eyes (pleasing aesthetics)
  • Had the ability to make her wise (appealing to intellect and pride)
One has a hard time to resist when all our desires and appetites are satisfied. John reiterates these three "features" (1 John 2:16). Just as all do, they want company in their misery. So, the woman wanted the man Adam to join in with her. So she took enough fruit for both. Now they both ate.

All of a sudden, Biblically based, their eyes WERE opened and they realized they were naked. So they covered themselves with fig leaves. This is a true passage. Their eyes WERE opened. They now were experiencing shame. It was in a form they could understand. They were naked and had to covered up.

This is a very important passage and should be understood. The woman was deceived; Adam was not. This is recognized by Paul (1 Tim. 2:14). There is controversy about this passage. Why is Adam considered "the sinner"? Why did Adam eat? Did he know it was the fruit of the forbidden trees? Did he not resist because he loved and trusted his wife? Was Adam tried first and rejected the whole idea. Did Adam eat to purposely defy God? Paul seems to place the blame on the woman, although she was deceived. Some say that Adam loved the woman so much that he ate to sin also so she would not face God''s wrath alone. One does not know for sure. It appears that his sin was deliberate, wicked, and inexcusable. Biblically, it was by the sin of Adam that sin entered the world, not by the woman. It was "from the man" that the woman came about. Therefore, Adam was considered the head of the race.

The serpent promised that Adam and the woman would be wise. They could even become gods. Instead they had a tremendous amount of shame come over them. They had disobeyed and the future of the world was in their hands. Fig leaves are not going to cover themselves from God, only each other.

Gen. 3:8-10:
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.”

Adam and the woman were playing "hide and seek". They were hiding (trying to hide); God was seeking (actually, knew where they were all the time. They were shamed, embarrassed, and did not want to talk to or be seen by God. THEY HAD SINNED. God gave them one rule to follow and they did not follow it. Pretty shameful; isn't it? If you think about responsibility, without the feeling of guilt or remorse there is no way to understand acceptance of responsibility. The idea of not letting people have a feeling of guilt for having done wrong (of course, that can go too far) is a problem we have today. With no guilt, there is no need to correct or change. Scripture never backs away from responsibility (Rom. 3:20; 2 Tim. 3:16). Paul gives the thought that without the Law (Ten Commandments) it was harder to know sin. Now with the Law, one knows what to do an not to do and what is right. All scripture was inspired by God. It is profitable or useful for teaching, reproof (expression of criticism and censure or rebuke), and correction.

Of course, God found Adam. Adam gave a very weak excuse for hiding. He was naked. The important thing is the shame is very, very big in terms of the story. Remember, Adam and the woman thought nothing about being without clothes before they disobeyed God. Now, SHAME! If one goes back and studies nudity, the use of clothes to "hide" is brought about by the idea of sin in society. Where there is not a sense of shame, nudity is not shameful.

Gen. 3:11-13:
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.””

Of course God knew everything. However, God asks Adam who told them they were naked. There is only ONE way for shame and guilt would come into being. Since God really gave only one rule, breaking that one rule must be the problem. [Think about that. Wouldn't it be absolutely fantastic to have only one rule. Anything else was all right because we would not know any better to do wrong.] Why did God ask him why he knew he was naked. Don't you think it was to give Adam the chance to repent and ask forgiveness?

Here is the start of human "finger pointing". "SHE DID IT. SHE MADE ME DO IT!" "And Lord, it was the woman that YOU gave to me." Any Repentance? NO! Whether the punishment would have been easier on Adam and the woman or not we do not know. We certainly know how bad it was without repentance.

God said to the woman what she had done. Here it is again. "THE SERPENT DID IT. HE MADE ME DO IT!" Neither Adam nor the woman were willing to accept responsibility of the personal sin.

Keep in mind that God's questions were not to get information (He already knew everything.) His goal was to get repentance. He did not get it.

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