If you spent any time in Sunday school as a kid or have read a children’s Bible, you probably know a little about Adam & Eve:
God created Adam to cultivate the earth & keep the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 2:15)
God told him not to eat from the tree in the middle of the garden. (Genesis 2:16-17)
Then God decided that Adam needed a helper so he created one, a woman named Eve. (Genesis 2:18, 20-22)
They were naked & it was okay. (Genesis 2:25)
A serpent, Satan, tricked Eve into eating a fruit from the tree. (Genesis 3:4-6)
They realized they were naked & they were banned from the garden. (Genesis 3:7, 24)
And that is that…but really it isn’t. Open your Bible & read Genesis 2 & 3 for yourself. As you go through, pick out a few things you notice are missing from the PG version & you will notice the Sunday school version isn’t the whole story.
When I think about Adam & Eve, I first think about the lie that we have learned about the serpent. Look at 3:1-6. Does Satan actually lie to Eve?
Look at what God said about their sin in 3:22 & compare it to what Satan said in 3:5.
God says: “the man has _________ like one of _____” Satan says: “you will be ________ ________”
“…knowing _______ and _________” “knowing ______ and _________”
“… _______ and live _________” vs 4 “You surely will _______ ______”
Some of the details area bit different, but we can see they say similar things, so Satan didn’t out right “lie”, but he was deceitful. In 2:16-17, what does God specifically tell Adam?
You will die. Plain & simple. Take a look at the following verses:
Based on these verses, was God saying that he would keel over & die right then & there, or that he would die physically?
He would die a spiritual death. Be separated from God. That’s as good as dead isn’t it?! So now, back to Eve & the Devil. Look at 3:4 – “surely you will not die.”
Satan wasn’t even blatantly telling her to sin. According to 3:1, he was crafty. Satan deceived her & made her doubt. That was all it took, one little seed of doubt. We are taught sin is loud & obnoxious & obvious, but that isn’t how Satan works. He doesn’t tell us what to do, he gives us options or like Eve causes us to doubt what we know. Eve knew the right answer, she said so in verse 3, but Satan put the tiniest seed of doubt in her head & she reasoned with him & that seed grew into a full-blown tree, very quickly.
Ok, so now we see just one of the things that we may have missed. There are more. If you desire to go deeper into the text, read & reread & find a few cross-references & share them with us in the comments or on the social media post! We would love to hear what was new to you.
So we see that we may not have the whole story, but why does this matter to us? Why do we need to know about something that happened over 5,000 years ago?
In 3:20, it is pretty clear as to one of the reasons it matters to every single one of us; who is Eve to the living?
Take another look at 2 Corinthians 11:3.
“But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”
What does it say about our minds because Eve allowed herself to be deceived?
So we know that Eve was the mother of all living – which makes basically makes her mother earth.(Now, please don’t go around telling people I think mother earth is Eve. That’s not what I’m saying – more that she is mother of earth.) We also know that because of her sin, our minds are lead away from the devotion to Christ. But there is one more thing… and it’s a biggy. Read Genesis 3:15 & then check out Revelation 12:17.
Dragons? What are we, in some kind of live action game? Why are we talking about dragons? Look at Revelation 12:9 & you will see who this dragon is……
SATAN. This matters more than anything because Revelation tells us that Satan “will make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God & hold to the testimony of Jesus“. Why do all the bad things happen in this life? Because Satan is at war with us…the children of God…simply because we hold tight to the testimony of Christ. That, my dear friends, is why this matters. It isn’t just history or a Sunday school lesson. It is our story.