Reflections on Genesis 3-5

Genesis 3 is the saddest story ever penned, as mankind rebels against their Creator. Notice:

  • Satan tempts Eve to question God’s goodness and honesty. When are you tempted to question God’s goodness and the truth of His Word?
  • Eve chooses to seek satisfaction (“good for food…delight to the eyes”) in forbidden fruit rather than in her Creator and the good things he gave her. What forbidden fruit tempts you?
  • Rather than give glory to God, Eve chooses to seek her own glory (“you will be like God”). Whose glory are you seeking?
  • Sin brings misery, not satisfaction. Their perfect relationship with God is broken (they hide from God and are cast out of the Garden). Their perfect relationship with each other is broken (Adam blames Eve; later Cain kills Abel). Pain enters God’s creation (childbearing will be painful). Work which was a joy now becomes toilsome, as creation is cursed with decay and thistles. Separated from the tree of life, Adam and Eve will die, as will their descendants (note the terrible repetition in chapter 5 – “…and he died”). When tempted by sin, remember the consequences.
  • And yet in this sad story of our fall into sin, there is a small seed of hope in 3:15. Satan will bruise the heel of the woman’s offspring on a cross many years later. There on that cross, this man will defeat Satan by bruising his head. The penalty for sin will be paid, so that mankind might yet walk with God!

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6 Responses to Reflections on Genesis 3-5

  1. Jamie Carter says:

    The interesting thing about that story is that the serpent didn’t use ‘you’ singular, but ‘you’ plural which is why Eve answered ‘we’ and not ‘I’; Adam was there with her the whole time and didn’t contribute to the conversation. So we don’t know if he likewise thought about how the fruit was desirable or if he also sought his own glory; but since A&E are two peas in a pod, odds are he did. And when he saw that Eve wasn’t turned into a pillar of salt, didn’t burst into flames, or wasn’t stricken with a disease, he also ate of the fruit; and only after they both had eaten was their eyes opened and they both felt the consequences. I just don’t see how Jesus’ sacrifice restored the original gender roles when it’s been a constant that patriarchy gave men power over women and it existed before Jesus’ time and after Jesus’ time until somewhat recently. I don’t see how this story is the reason why women can’t teach or be pastors when men have historically been the one committing a majority of the heresies and deceptive teachings for almost the whole of Christian history.

    • Brian says:

      Interesting thoughts. Adam clearly failed to protect his wife, and instead joined in her sin. And fallen men have all too often failed to live out the role God gave them. But that doesn’t change the New Testament’s teaching about gender roles, which is based not only on the Fall, but also on creation (I Timothy 2:11-15) and recreation (Ephesians 5:22-33).

      • Jamie Carter says:

        I’ve always heard of A&E as naive; after all, they didn’t know about good and evil until after they sinned, so how could Adam have known that he needed to protect Eve from the serpent if he couldn’t tell the difference between good and evil?

      • Brian says:

        Adam knew God had forbidden them to eat of that one tree, and was expected to obey his Creator. They knew they were disobeying God.

      • Jamie Carter says:

        Yet the NT goes out of it’s way to say that Eve was deceived but Adam was not, which would make him rebellious, wouldn’t it? After all, the way that Eve answered the serpent about the one commandment was different from the way that God told Adam, so was the fault with her, having misunderstood Adam, or with Adam having misinterpreted it when he told it to Eve?

      • Brian says:

        I think Eve knew enough that she “knew better” than to eat of the tree (she says she wasn’t supposed to touch it which would be necessary to eat it). But you are right that she was deceived by the devil as well. Adam apparently wasn’t deceived, but simply chose to follow his wife and the serpent. But they are both held responsible as God brings judgment on the both.

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