“Drama in the Garden”Man didn’t fall because of the fruit, neither did man fall because of disobedience as it were- YES; and I mean that.
Let us take a quick look at Genesis 3
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.
- The very moment Eve ate the fruit, God knew
- The very moment she gave her husband the fruit to eat, God knew
- …yet, God didnt show up immediately Eve ate the fruit, neither did He show up immediately she gave her man the fruit.
- He waited till the time for His regular visit- “the cool of the day” as seen in the next verse below:
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 meshe gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.
- God knew what had happened yet He asked the man to explain the situation, He gave man the chance to defend himself. If it was really about disobedience, the man should have been judged immediately.
- The man refused to admit his error but blamed the woman instead; now, that was the REAL SIN- EXCUSE
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.
- God went to the woman based on the mans referral, hoping that the woman will cease the opportunity and right the wrong. She could have at least owned up but she made the same error the man made by transferring the blame to the serpent
- Guess what? Once God got to the serpent, He didnt ask questions or give room for any explanation but judged him immediately! (see the next verse below)
- He gave Adam and Eve the chance that the serpent wasnt privileged to enjoy; His dealing was with man after all.
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, Because you have done this, Cursed are you above all livestock and all 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.
- As we can see here, God judged the serpent heavily.
16 To the woman he said, I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor 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 fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, You must not eat from it, Cursed is the round because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from 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.
- When He was done with the serpent, He went back, first to the women, then the man to judge them
- The judgment on the man and his wife came only after they both blew their chance to apologise and be reconciled to God and not after they both had had their fair share of the forbidden fruit
- I believe it is clear by now that the real sin was not disobedience but EXCUSE; as man or woman, learn to take responsibility for your error or wrong and make amends where possible. Never pass the bulk!
- Both the man and the woman had equal chance to correct the fruit error; recall that God went to both of them individually (verses 9-13)
- The man is not the head because he has answers to all questions or solutions to all problems; he is still human and subject to mistakes. He may not admit it to you (his wife) but God has orchestrated you into his life not to repeat or multiply his errors but to correct where possible and in all reverence.
- Imagine for a second what the result could have been if Eve owned up to giving the man the fruit and if she had apologised… she would have saved the day!
- Do the right thing at all times regardless of who is doing the wrong thing; two wrongs or more will NEVER make a right!
- Woman, you may not be able to change your man but you can inspire a change in him by you consistence in doing the right thing regardless of his error and ego. After all, you are his human HELPER!
- God will judge us individually in the end, we only make a good team as couples when we play our individual roles right.