Summary: Failure is something I, as well as all humanity, have grappled with throughout their life. Whether you want to give it a cute name like “fumbling the ball,” or call it as it is – “missing the mark,” they all declare the same thing in the end – I messed up. I have sinned.
VERSE DISCOVERY: Genesis 3:1-15 (KJV, Public Domain)
Failure is something I, as well as all humanity, have grappled with throughout their life. Whether you want to give it a cute name like “fumbling the ball,” or call it as it is – “missing the mark,” they all declare the same thing in the end – I messed up. I have sinned.
Sin, unfortunately, is something a lot of people don’t pay attention to, have become desensitized to, or simply brush off with no thought of confession or consequences. Whereas, others, it brings them to their knees in humility seeking reconciliation with God and man.
Sin and the effects of sin is something every human will encounter because once sin entered the world it contaminated everything and everyone. The paradise of what was will be shut away from humanity till the saved souls experience it one day in eternity.
“By one man sin entered into the world,” (Romans 5:12), and this lesson covers the events surrounding that dreadful day which has become known as the Fall; the day when sin entered in.
Genesis 3:1-7 “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.”
God has, from the beginning, given a precious gift to the man He created: the gift of free will. And, from the beginning, it has been man’s responsibility to use it in a just and righteous way. With that, we see the man has had the ability to choose to do right or to choose to do wrong. In these verses, the waters of that free will have been tested, and as a result, humanity succumbed to temptation and sin entered the world.
The serpent who appears in the story has become synonymous to us today and throughout the Bible as the devil or Satan. Although in the form of a creature which is being used by the devil, this adversary of old (see Revelation 12:9) has come on the scene for one purpose – to disrupt the good that God created. To work against Him in rebellion any way he can.
And to do that, he had to get to the mind of His beloved creature, man, by casting doubt about God. The very nature of the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field. That subtilty speaks of his cunningness. Where a cunning character is in this respect, there is deception and falsehood with the craftiness to work both. Therefore, whatever he says cannot be trusted and unfortunately for Eve, she and Adam find out this sad truth the hard way and a little too late.
Questioning the woman, as if they had already been engaged in an active dialogue, but weren’t, he asked, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? This type of questioning lives up to the nature of this tempter. It cast doubt where doubt probably wasn’t once before. It asks one to focus a little harder on the forbidden object when quite possibly, it wasn’t the focus before. A hands-off approach was alright with her until one question made her rethink the truth of what was.
Not fully comprehending or even slightly knowing of his deception, and the deceit behind his inquiry, Eve engaged fully into conversation with the serpent when she responded. She told him what they may and may not eat.
God supplied plenty for them. Remember, man was the last of God’s creation and God had everything in order to properly sustain and fulfill all that they would need. With Eden bringing to mind a picture of paradise, in the lushness of what was available to them, it would be more than enough that they had at their disposal to use and enjoy.