Let me begin by stating up front, for the sake of total transparency, that I am NOT a Bible scholar or seminary graduate. I am but a common Christian gal trying to figure things out. I don’t profess to know stuff. My goal is to organize my own thoughts spurred on by the Adam and Eve story and to see if, perhaps you have your own thoughts to add. I think it’s good to study and to discuss and to pray about what we think we know about the Bible.
Significance of the Adam and Eve Story
Every kid who has been in Sunday School for any amount of time can tell you about Adam and Eve. And I, myself, have two crafts related to the Adam and Eve story on this blog (a felted apple ornament and an apple stamping activity).
Here it is, the big BUT:
I have to admit that I rather blew off the Adam and Eve story as JUST another story in the Bible taught in Sunday school. In reality, it is vastly significant as THE story that sets the stage for everything else.
We Were Given the Ability to Exercise Free Will.
God could have created us to serve and worship him by default. But instead, he gave us the ability to choose and he wants us to choose a relationship with him. Adam and Eve were given the choice to obey or to disobey. God didn’t have to give them that choice, but he did.
We Are By Nature Sinful Beings.
Our nature is to ask, “what’s in it for me?” and “how does this effect me?” We’re selfish, self-centered, and self-focused. Eve was tempted by the serpent because she started to question God’s word and doubted that God had her best interest in mind when he forbid the eating of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Why was he holding out on her? She wondered if she really could be like God, in all his wisdom if she ate from the tree and that was a tempting thought.
I’ve heard kids’ Adam and Eve lessons focusing primarily on the disobedience of Eve in the action of eating the apple. And for kids, I think that’s a good place to start. Parents certainly won’t argue with a lesson on obedience for their kids. But the transgression of Eve goes so much deeper than the eating of an apple.
Eve doubted the goodness of God.
She didn’t trust God’s word.
She desired to elevate herself to the level of God.
You know that hymn, “Trust and Obey”? Well you can forget obedience if you don’t have trust! For sure, that’s what happened with Eve. She doubted God’s goodness and his word.
We Are Involved in a Spiritual Battle.
“And I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head and you will strike his heal.” – Genesis 3:15
The Bible makes it clear that when Eve failed to overcome the temptation and ultimately disobeyed God, humanity was doomed to struggle with the serpent until end times.
This leaves the question, are we talking about snakes here? Because I really don’t like snakes.
Snakes and Serpents
Enmity is defined as: the state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile to someone or something.
Enmity is a deep hatred. I’m not a big fan of snakes but I’m not actively hunting them either and I don’t interact with them on a daily basis, although one gave us quite an exciting afternoon a few months ago.
BUT (there’s another but…I must like those) I do struggle with doubt, discouragement, and feeling defeated on a regular basis. These are the tools of the enemy that God was referring to in this passage. The enemy is the one that used the snake to deceive Eve in the garden.
Today, he uses lies as his tool. The web of lies that he weaves lead us to pride, doubt, discouragement, anger, frustration, and feelings of defeat and unworthiness. Before you know it, we’ve been sidetracked off the path of righteousness, away from God and away from our God given purpose.
We Need Christ to Overcome Sin
The Adam and Eve story explains why we need a savior and alludes to the future provision of one. God had every right to destroy man. But he didn’t. He showed mercy and goodness and he goes on to provide a savior who will ultimately defeat Satan (he will crush your head) and provide man with a way to be reconciled with God.
The Temptation of Jesus
The temptation of Jesus parallels with the temptation that Adam and Eve faced in the garden. But Jesus prevails.
“And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”” Luke 4:3-5
Again, I’m not a seminary graduate and I don’t profess to be, but this task seems harmless enough. Right? Jesus could certainly turn that bread into stone and what would be the harm of that? What was Satan hoping to gain through this?
My guess is that it was a ploy to tempt Jesus into exalting himself over God.
He was hungry and changing a stone to bread would have certainly been within his ability. But Jesus looked for every opportunity to teach a lesson about God and this was no exception. He used the ploy of the devil to teach about the goodness of God and the truth of his word, thus exalting God over himself. The best possible response.
Jesus crushed his head and ultimately conquered sin.
That’s pretty much the basis for the rest of the Bible, wouldn’t you say? It’s no wonder that every kid in Sunday School can tell us about Adam and Eve. If you have any thoughts, I’d love to hear them. Just scroll down to the comment section.
How This Post Stays True to My Mission
My mission is to encourage connection in a busy world because I believe that connection is the key to a meaningful and joy-filled life. The ultimate connection is the one we have with God. He has called us to love him and to love one another. So let’s connect, upward and outward.