We could almost say that the Man (Adam) and the Woman (Eve) had no chance against their adversary.
Almost … But they did have very clear instruction from God himself.
Yes, they were overmatched as the devil used the crafty serpent to spark their rebellion against God. And they made the same mistake we sometimes make. They took their eyes of the very clear line of obedience that God had given them.
“Don’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”
Clear and plain.
- Kenneth Mathews makes this comment: “… the participant structure of Genesis 2–3 shows implicitly the hierarchy of creation: God, the man, woman, and animal (serpent). But this was reversed in the fall: the woman listens to the serpent, the man listens to the woman, and no one listens to God. [Mathews, K. A. (1996). Genesis 1-11:26 (Vol. 1A, p. 220). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.]
And think about this. The Woman was deceived. Her husband was not deceived.
- (2 Corinthians 11:3 ESV) But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
- (Genesis 3:13 ESV) Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
- (1 Timothy 2:11–14 ESV) Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.
So why did the husband eat the fruit?
I guess you will have to listen to the message. Audio will be posted shortly.
Message Title: The Serpent Deceives the Woman
Message Text: Genesis 3:1-7
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