The Fall of Man, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldiers #61)

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Genesis 3:6: “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”

As we all know, Satan in the form of a serpent came to the Garden of Eden, lied to Eve, and deceived her into eating fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil which God had told her and Adam not to eat. We looked at the details of that part of this story in our lesson last week. Today, we are going to focus on Adam’s role in the Fall.

After deceiving Eve, Satan used Eve to tempt Adam to disobey God. Our key Bible verse tells us that Eve offered the forbidden fruit to her husband. No doubt she told him what the serpent had said about the great power and self-sufficiency that would be bestowed upon them by eating the fruit. Genesis 3:6 says, “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”

Adam had to make a choice. He knew what God had said. God had plainly told him that the result of eating the fruit would be death—not power. Was Adam deceived by what Satan had told Eve? No, he was not. He knew better. Nevertheless, he took the fruit and ate it. Adam sinned!

According to R.C. Sproul, “Sin is essentially man’s failure to trust in God, an act or state of unbelief, an assertion of autonomy.” Adam had refused to trust God and had chosen to become his own master, or so he thought. In reality, he was becoming a slave to sin and Satan.

Adam’s sin was disobedience. He disobeyed a direct command of God. He chose his own will instead of obeying God. In so doing, Adam rebelled against his Creator and followed Satan, the first great rebel.

After both Adam and Eve ate the fruit, the Bible tells us that “the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” The immediate result of Adam’s disobedience was death! But what kind of death was it? It was spiritual death. We know that Adam’s body did not die at once. He lived for hundreds of years after his act of disobedience, but he died spiritually that very day.

In the Bible, death always means separation. Physical death is the separation of the spirit from the body. Spiritual death is the separation of God’s Spirit from man’s spirit. To be cut off from the life of God is to be dead spiritually. This is what happened to Adam and Eve when they sinned against God. Their spirits were cut off from God’s Spirit. They died spiritually.

The first thing Adam and Eve noticed after they had sinned was that they were naked. The Bible says, “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” Why had Adam and Eve not needed clothing before? Because they had been clothed with the light of God’s glory. Now that sin had entered their lives, they were separated from God, and God’s glory had left them.

The Asbury Bible Commentary states, “Man chose the path of the serpent and thereby usurped divine prerogatives and became his own authority. Distrust led to disobedience. Eve succumbed to the persuasion of the Tempter. Sin quickly spread to Adam and results in shame. The disintegration of harmony within creation began. The serpent’s promise of their eyes being opened comes true but in a distorted and pathetic manner.”

In our next lesson, we will discuss the punishment that Adam and Eve faced for their sin and disobedience.

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