“The Fall of Man -II”
Last week we saw that Satan got a grip on Eve through a reversal of roles. Today, we want to see how our cunning adversary got his hooks into Adam. Again, I want to remind us why Christmas is so important. It was Jesus Christ, God’s Son, coming into the world to right the wrong that took place in Eden.
His approach to Adam was to appeal to his emotions rather than his intellect. In fact, Satan didn’t tempt Adam at all – he let Eve do it.
The devil helped Eve to focus on the forbidden fruit. Genesis 3: 6,
“So, when the woman saw….”. Temptation often comes to us through the eye-gate. We frequently hear it said, “Well it won’t hurt to look.” That is not so. A look can easily turn into lust.
Eve saw that the tree was “good for food”. Gen. 3:6.
- Here we have the lust of the flesh.
Eve also saw that the tree was “pleasant to the eyes.” Gen. 3:6.
- Here we have the lust of the eyes.
Eve saw that the fruit of that tree was “desirable to make one wise.” Gen. 3:6
- Here we have the pride of life.
In 1 John2: 15-17, we read, “Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father, but of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it: but he who does the will of the Father abides forever.”
The Apostle Paul expresses a similar thought in 2 Cor. 4-18.
“While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things that are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
As we follow the Genesis account of the fall, we read that Eve not only saw, but she took of the forbidden fruit. “She took of its fruit and ate.” Gen 3:6. Her desire now became a decision. She acted on her desire. God never forces us to do it either. Our enemy can be very persuasive, but he cannot push. God has given us the freedom of choice and He respects our decisions even though they may grieve Him.
Satan doesn’t respect us at all. He will do his best to entice us to do evil. So, we see that Eve saw the fruit. Then she took of the fruit. And then she ate it. Gen. 3:6
Note: With that first bite, Eve sinned and became a sinner. “With that first bite she came under the control of the devil.
Don’t miss this – the devil then took Eve’s choice and turned it into a chain. In Ephesians 2: 2-3, we read – “In which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of the flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.”
Can you see how our choices can set off a chain reaction?! That is what happened when Eve disobeyed God. Notice what happened next – “She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.” Gen. 3:6. Eve seduced her husband and he also became a sinner. Satan’s mission was accomplished. He now ha God’s special creation under his rule.
The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 2: 26, “and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken in captive by him to do his will.”
Question: Why did Adam disobey God and also take and eat the forbidden fruit? Isn’t it easy how others can drag us down and lead us to participate in their sin?
Note: Adam was not deceived. He sinned with his eyes wide open. I believe he saw the woman he loved, in her fallen condition. He knew he could bring her back to a place of innocence, so he willingly stooped down to where she was to become like her. His sin was the more serious and that is why the scriptures lay the charge to Adam’s account, He followed his heart rather than his head.
Again, we turn to Paul – Romans 5:12, “Therefore, just as through one man, (Adam) sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men (women too), because all sinned.
I can only imagine the celebration taking place between Satan and his demons. The father of lies had contaminated the spirit of those who had been created in the likeness of God. How successful was Satan?
We notice the plight of the couple. Gen 3:7, “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked.” Before the fall, they felt no shame. I suspect that they were clothed with light. My reason for saying that is we read in Psalm 104: 2, that, “God covers Himself with light as with a garment.” We remember that our Lord was clothed with light on the Mount of Transfiguration. Mark 9: 1-3.
Note: The moment Adam and Eve sinned, the light went out. The spirit within each of them died and they became very much aware of the physical side of life and they were ashamed.
- They tried to cover their nakedness. Proverbs 28: 13 reminds us, “He who covers his sins will not prosper, But, he who confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”
Listen to the good news we have in these passages. “For the wages of sin is death, BUT the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our LORD.” 1John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Eph. 2: 1, “And you He (Christ) made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins.”
Returning again to the fall of Adam and Eve, we see their flight. When they heard the voice of God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, they fled and tried to hide among the trees. Always before when they heard God’s voice, it was wonderful, and exciting because it meant fellowship with their Creator. Now, it meant fear. Folks, we cannot hide from God. It is foolish to even try. Instead He wants us to come to Him just as we are and He will forgive, refresh and restore us.
In Genesis 5:9 we have God calling out to the first couple, “Where are you?” We should not conclude that God who is all -knowing did not know where Adam and Eve were. Before God can help us, we have to admit where we are. Then we come to Him just as we are. Listen to His promise in 2 Chron. 7: 14, “If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
I hope as you have followed this study, you have really come to see the terrible predicament we are in without Christ. He came to reconcile us back to God. There isn’t anything that compares to being in a right relationship with the Heavenly Father. That’s why Jesus came – to seek and to save, those who are lost – that’s us before we surrender our lives to Him.
I pray that this meditation will help all of us to realize how incredible the birth of Jesus Christ was and what it should mean to us.
Let this Christmas be merry, not because of trees, tinsel and treats, but because of the cross of Calvary, the One nailed to it, His resurrection three days later, and the pure joy, purpose and freedom we have in Him.
God bless you,