Satan always takes what God says and twists it. He doesn’t create something out of nothing but corrupts God’s good creation. This is a good point to notice throughout history and especially through this passage.
Notice in 3:6 that Eve “gave some to her husband who was with her.” I picture Adam was right beside her sitting passively by. God calls us to not stand by and let people sin but to stand in the gap so that we can help bring all people to God’s perfect redemption.
3:7 – The eyes of both were opened and they knew that they were naked. Adam & Eve didn’t notice they were naked until they sinned. That is very interesting. The only way I can explain this is because they were so selfless, always looking to the other, that they didn’t notice themselves personally. What would that look like in our day and age to be so selfless and giving that we didn’t even notice our own needs?
It is important to note that they made their own loincloths together. God didn’t do it for them here.
In 3:8-13, it is an awesome thing to think about that God was walking among them in the cool of the day. He wasn’t up in some far off place. He was with them. This only happened once until Jesus became a man. There are other times where God is in the midst of His people but not in the sense of walking around.
In 3:11, God asks Adam “who told you that you were naked?” God is not asking because He doesn’t know. He is getting to the truth of why He didn’t listen to God himself and focus on what He said. This is so true in our lives. I know that I get so caught up in the opinions of men that I forget that God has a better one.
Then Adam had the audacity to blame God for the woman He made causing his sin. Eve then blamed the serpent. Neither took responsibility for their own actions. I wonder if this was one of the main reasons for the curses that fell upon them in v. 14-19.
God first curses the serpent (3:14-15)
- “on your belly you shall go”
- “dust you shall eat”
- “enmity between snake and men”
- Questions concerning these curses: Was this a real serpent that convinces Eve to eat the fruit? If not, why would God curse serpents everywhere? If it was a serpent, why was able to speak? Was it Satan whom God was cursing? Are these curses for Satan?
God then curses the woman (3:16)
- “surely multiply your pain in childbearing”
- “your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”
- Question concerning this last statement: Was this last “curse” because of the fall or just something that was to be all along?
Then God curses Adam
- “cursed is the ground because of you”
- “in pain you shall eat of it [the ground] all the days of your life”
- “thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you”
- “by the sweat of your face you shall eat bread”
- “till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken, for you are dust, and to dust you shall return”
- Question concerning this last curse: Was Adam & Eve meant to live forever and when they sinned God put a time limit on their lives? or did God just merely say that they were going to die in this verse?
It is interesting that Adam doesn’t name Eve until after they sinned and were cursed. Then in 3:21, God made clothes for them out of animal skin.
3:22-24 are very interesting because God sent this first couple out of the garden because “the man has become like one of us (Trinity language there) in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” God even set up a guard at the east entrance to the garden (v. 24). It truly makes me wonder what is in that garden and what is on that tree? It also shows that I would eat of the tree just by utter curiosity and therefore be sent out just like Adam & Eve were.