Everyone knows the story in Genesis about Adam, Eve and that sneaky little serpent. The one where the first humans ever created stood in front of a certain tree that bore a certain forbidden fruit. They were told by the Lord God himself that they should never eat of the fruit, or else they would surely die. But that fateful day in the garden when the serpent fed them it’s poisonous words of denial, doubt and deceit, Eve and Adam both fell for the tongue that slithered lies; each taking a bite of the fruit.
Yes, we all know that story and because of it, we all have learned what NOT to do. But have your ever wondered what it was like to be Eve? Have you ever wondered about what was going on in her head? Her thoughts may hit closer to home than you think. I imagine her as a sweet, innocent young woman who had never experienced anything in the realm of evil before.
I imagine that she was just minding her own business, maybe looking in the bushes for some berries to eat, when an animal crept up next to her. They sat and chatted for a moment about the tree in the center of Eden and about the forbidden fruit. In her mind, she was speaking to a friendly snake who was wiser than her, and more experienced. He spoke of God as just a creator who has no power over her and not only tells her that she surely won’t die if she eats the fruit, but also tells her that it will grant her knowledge that would put her equal to that of God. So, what does Eve do? Without any warnings from her husband, Adam, who I picture standing next to her with a blank expression eating a leaf, she bites into the fruit, and gave him some as well.
As her teeth punctured the skin of the fruit, sin entered the world, and the knowledge of good and evil was assumed by the human race. God, being the all-knowing creator of the Earth and everything in it, had to have known that someday this would happen. He set that tree there in the middle of the garden not to tempt his little humans, but to give them free will to love Him as He loves them. So, Adam and Eve Failed. They sinned and just so happened to be the first people to do it. The truth is, we all have a little of Adam and Eve in us. For every time we see someone sinning and not only do nothing, but actually partake in the sin itself, we are Adam. For every time we have been innocent and naïve, and have fallen for something other than God’s will, we are Eve. We are all the same. The only difference is, they were the first. They were the examples that had to be made. Yes, we will mess up because we are human, but we also have these stories in the Bible for a reason: to guide us and teach us the word of God, and how to live it out.
We are given this truth so that when we are face to face with a serpent, we have the knowledge and the tools to hear the lies within its hiss, to turn our backs from evil and to kneel before our Lord God and give Him praise.