What Adam Actually Did…Genesis 3 pt 4

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.(Genesis 3:6)

There has long been much confusion about the nature of Adam’s sin. This is partly because it is hard for us to imagine how the simple act of plucking fruit from the forbidden tree could merit such devastating consequences, not only for Adam but for the entire human race.

Therefore people have speculated about what the “forbidden fruit” actually was. Was it the Apple? Or the pomegranate? What fruit was it? What impact did eating it have on the first couple? Why was this simple act of disobedience of such dreadful import?

There are others who have applied figurative significance to the first transgression, saying that the fruit represented something else. Many believe that the forbidden fruit is a metaphor for human sexuality, and that it was in that fashion that Adam and Eve had their “eyes open”.

The Scriptures teach nothing of the sort, in fact they teach the opposite. Adam and Eve were commanded by God from the beginning to “Be fruitful and multiply”. Therefore how could married intimacy be considered the sin that evicted them from the garden?

Satan has always sought to sully human marital intimacy, as being somehow ‘evil’ or less than spiritual. This false teaching reinforces the original lie, that God is keeping something wonderful from us, and implies that liberation comes by transgressing God’s commands.

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;  Forbidding to marry…(I Timothy 4:1-2)

Certainly, as we have learned by bitter and painful experience in the so-called “sexual revolution”,  Satan is not the “sexual liberator”, rather his teaching leads to vast and intense social and personal destruction, perversion of life and character, and ultimately to hell itself. The sexual revolution has killed love and romance for millions, and degraded and ruined the lives of millions of it’s devotees. There is no love in the world of “Playboy” , only abortion, divorce, disenfranchisement, and misery.

The original transgression wasn’t sexual, it certainly wouldn’t have been wrong for Adam to “know his wife”. The two being “one flesh”as husband and wife,  was always part of the original plan and commission.

Neither did it matter which fruit was forbidden the first couple, for the point wasn’t that there is a “special fruit” off-limits to man but reserved for God alone.

Underneath every sinful act is a religious principle that is being called into question. Temptation forces us to choose one side or another, faith or unbelief, submission to God or autonomy, worship, or self-absorption.

The point of setting off one tree out of the thousands, and commanding Adam and Eve  not to eat of it, had to do with loving trust, and loyalty to God. By refusing to eat of the tree, Adam and Eve were proclaiming to all of creation that they, the pinnacle of Creation, chose to remain under God the Creator as worshippers.

The tree was a limit set by God, by which Adam and Eve could have daily proclaimed before all and sundry, “Not my will,O God, but thine be done”, or “Not unto us O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory…”, it represented the sovereignty of God, the Holiness of God, and not touching it demonstrated loving respect and reverence for God.

God would have had them to know good and evil by simple trust in his Word to them, (the One commandment). They could have observed it out of a sense of grateful love. But when Satan challenged them to “know good and evil” for themselves, it was a call to personal experience of evil, and that based upon mistrust and false accusation of God.

Would Adam remain in a position of “exalted submission” under God, as a worshipper of God? Would he trust that God’s way was the best way ? Would Adam and Eve remain in Love with the one who created them and favored them so greatly?

When  Adam reached out his hand to eat the fruit for himself, in the process he trampled under his feet love for God, trust, committment, loyalty and  worship. He actually sided with the serpent, who also rebelled against God, usurping God’s very throne.

It was the principle of trust and love that was repudiated in the eating of the forbidden fruit. Taking that fruit was an act of rebellion, it was a rejection of God’s rule over the couple, for it was a bid for autonomy. Adam no longer believed that God’s way was the best way, or that he owed gratitude and worship to God. By taking the fruit for himself, he was proclaiming,”Not thy will but mine be done!”.


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9 Responses to What Adam Actually Did…Genesis 3 pt 4

  1. Alan.b.house@gmail.com says:

    Good application, Bill.

  2. Adam was not deceived according to St.Paul. Did not Adam take the fruit to commit suicide? He believed his wife would certainly die within the next 24 hours of her sin and he didn’t want to live in the garden without her.I don’t think Adam took the fruit in the spirit of defying his God.He didn’t understand that if there was no way out God would make a way out for his wife.

  3. Wayne says:

    Genesis 3

    The Fall

    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, ………….”

    This is the issue for us today!!!!!

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:1-4)

    Who is the Word? The Word is Jesus Christ.

    When one puts fallible man’s ideas over the Word of God, then one is not just undermining the Word of God, but actually attacking the Son of God. We can only know the Father through the Son, and we know the Son through the Word.

    To compromise the Word of God is a very serious matter indeed.

    (Deuteronomy 17:19) And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them

    We read the Bible everyday so that we relearn to fear the Lord Jesus Christ and to obey Him—the Bible defuses worldly terror and displaces worldly thoughts and clearly warns that the consequence of apostasy (which, of course, is running rampant throughout ‘christendom” today) will be the same as it was for Adam and Eve.

    Ecclesiastes 5:1 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God.

    Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.

  4. Wayne says:

    False teaching has always been with us and will be to the very end.

    The Bible repeatedly warns us of the need to remain faithful to the teachings and traditions faithfully taught by the Apostles who received the revelation of Christ once and for all and refused to compromise in any way.

    Such passages as

    Matthew 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
    Matthew 7:14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
    Matthew 7:15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.

    provide the appropriate emphasis on the simplicity of the Gospel message.

    Consequently I must reiterate that spiritual wisdom begins and ends in the Word of God

    Ecclesiastes 5:1 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God.

    Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.

  5. Margaret Webb says:

    Wayne said; ‘we relearn to fear the Lord’ true, and we also relearn the refreshment of His Word -I don’t know if this applies but it seems that we have our feet washed clean when we return to His Word vs the words of the world.
    I guess that Adam and Eve wanted to experience ‘know’, evil (I wouldn’t think that they knew what it would be like-they only assumed that they would have a ‘godlike’ quality and knowledge, something ‘new’). They had lost total trust in the fact that God had given, and would continue to give, them everything that they needed and all that was good

  6. Don says:

    Adam ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
    Adam’s sin is the same as that which is rampant today.
    Men(and women) decideing what is good and what is evil.
    God makes that decision all Adam had to do is let God decide, but he could not.
    Moral relativism, where men have decided that there judgement on good and evil is better than God’s.

  7. What went on in the mind of Adam before he ate the forbidden fruit does not go on in our minds to-day so much. Its what went on in Eve’s mind that still confronts us to-day.God is giving man kind as much time as possible to reverse the decision of Eden.

  8. Wayne says:

    2 Thess 2:9-12 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

    The delusion (or deluding influence) has already been sent by God and the minds of “many” are blind to the truth and poised to be, if not already seduced by the man of lawlessness. This is very similar to the disobedience of Eve in the garden. The man everyone is looking for is actually already standing in the churches, the Babylon Churches of the end that were built by men and are leading the deceived into open rebellion to the Word of God. These men have followed the spirits of antichrists that were already at work in the Apostles days. Disobedience to the Word of God or providing an appealing alternative to HIS WORD as satan did in the garden is a spirit of antichrist we all have to contend with and resist if we are to remain faithful until the very end.

    Bible teaching about the narrow way, the few and the gathering of the faithful remnant make it imperative that those of us committed to faithfulness to HIS Word until the very end be acutely aware of the many seductive schemes of the devil and stand ready to resist them wherever he attacks.

  9. Wayne says:

    1 Timothy 4 1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

    We are seeing the fulfillment of scriptures such as this on a massive scale in these last days before the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Will the Lord find (true) faith in the earth on His return?

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