Day 1 of my Snippet Slog Through the Old Testament. Not a scholarly verse by verse, chapter by chapter “slog” but what I believe God has in his mind for my mind.
The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’” “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.
• Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.
I admit it, I’m defensive. Eve has become our first picture of what sinful, lustful, greedy AND manipulative looks like. No wonder I’m defensive.
There is no way to dispute the fact that Eve (and Adam) are NOT Godless. They’re right there with God, firsthand, face to face, in a perfect environment. This story is also our picture of the first chink in what it means to be Godly. That’s why it’s called “original” sin. They made it up!
It wasn’t like Eve had called Adam to dinner and served up a tasty dish without telling him where it came from. Remember that phrase: “who was with her?” I read more and look at this! Genesis 3:12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” That first picture of Eve? It’s the same as the first picture of Adam. This must be where the old saying “sin loves company” comes from.