Tuesday, June 30
“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. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves” (Gen. 3:6, 7, NIV)
Eating a little fruit was not a sinful act in itself. However, we have to consider the circumstances in which it was carried out. Adam and Ever ere agents with a free will, made by God in is image. This included the freedom-but also the duty- to comply with God’s expressed will. They ate the fruit, not out of any stern necessity but rather by choice, It was an act of Adam’s and Eve’s own free will in defiance of God’s clear and specific instructions.
Likewise, we must choose for ourselves whether or not to follow God and whether to cherish or to defy the Word of God. God will not force anyone believer His Word. He will never force us to obey Him, and He can’t force us to love Hi. God allows each of us to choose for ourselves which path we will follow. But, in the end, we must be prepared to live with the consequences of our choices.
By eating the fruit, Adan and Eve in effect told God that HE was not the perfect rulers. His sovereignty was challenged. They proved disobedient, and as a result, they brought sin and death to the human race.
“So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out. The placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the ways to the tree of life” (Gen. 3:23, 24, NIV).
Adan and Eve had to leave Paradise, it was a necessary yet merciful consequence. The Lord would not allow rebellious humanity access to the tree of life. With loving care He kept Adan and Eve away from the fruit they would make them immortals and this perpetuate the terrible condition into which sin had brought them. (Imagine what eternal life would be like in world filled with such pain and suffering and evil as ours is!) Adan and Eve were driven out from the lovely garden to work the less friendly found outside (vss. 23, 24).
In the context of today’s lesson, read 1 John 2:16. How were the elements warned about in this text seen in the Fall? In what ways do we have to deal with these same temptations in our lives, as well?