May 23rd, 2011 | By admin
BY Katt Anderson
Most of us read about the good girls of the Bible and forget about the bad ones. Several characters did not do good things in those pages. Some are not really bad things and some are very bad.
We will be looking at these ladies to see why they did what they did. What made them do the things they did? How can we learn from their mistakes?
EVE (Genesis 3)
To live in the Garden of Eden would be like us living in a mansion today and having servants to wait on us. Eve lived in the most beautiful place ever created. There are beautiful things all over this earth. We look at the ocean, the mountains and the desert and think how beautiful they are, but the Garden was more than that. Everything Eve ever wanted was there and she didn’t have to work to get it.
Eve meets the serpent and he was a smooth talker. He was crafty and knew the right thing to say. Eve was new to the world and hadn’t had any experience with anything like that serpent.
He fast talked her into thinking God would not let her die, but she would know everything He knew and be like God. How many times do we people listen to others and make the wrong decision? Remember, Eve had not seen sin or evil. She was very naive.
Did Eve have the trust in God as she should have or was she easily talked into things? Our trust today falters and we can make the wrong decisions.
In verses 1-6, we can see the fall of woman. Why didn’t the serpent try to get Adam to eat of the fruit? Did he know he could convince Eve to do it? Do you think men are more levelheaded than women and make better decisions?
Let’s look at these questions and have some discussion.
- Why didn’t the serpent tempt Adam? We don’t find the answer in the Bible, but women are much easier to make decisions of the heart than of the head. As a woman we know if the answer feels good, we will do it. We are more emotional than a man. After all, the serpent did tell Eve that “she would not surely die” v.4, “but here eyes would be opened and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil,” v.5. That’s tempting, isn’t it? He sugarcoated it, put chocolate on top of it, and made everything sound so good. She was tempted.
- Did he know he could convince Eve to do it? I think he did. He sure tried to make it enticing. The Devil knows how to make sin look good to us. Sometimes we make the wrong decisions. Just like Eve, we pay the consequences. We may not pay here, but we will in judgment.
- Do you think men are more levelheaded than women and make better decisions? In some instances, they are. We are nurturers more than men are. We nurture our children and our husbands. As before, we make decisions from the heart more than the head. Eve probably saw the fruit as a way to be like a god and know good and evil. It was also good to eat.
When Eve ate the fruit and it tasted good, she then took it to Adam, v. 6. They both ate of it and their eyes were opened to realize that they were naked. With no sin or lust, previously, they did not realize they had no clothes on. After eating of the fruit, they were embarrassed and hid from God.
Did Adam and Even lie when God confronted them with the fruit? In verse 12, he blames it on Eve for giving him the fruit. Did he have to eat of it or could he have refused to eat? How truthful are we when we are about to be caught in something? In Gal. 5:19-21, the sins are listed that will not inherit heaven. One named in verse 20 is seditions in the KJV. In the NKJV, two words can describe seditions. One is selfish ambitions and the other is dissentions. The serpent had selfish ambitions to be better than God. Eve caused a dissention when she talked Adam into eating the fruit.
Can we hide our sins from God? Definitely not! God is all knowing. He knew they were naked, but then it was not a sin. Hiding did not help them. God knew where they were and what they did. Just like today, God knows what we do. When we sin, God knows it first. We may try to cover it up as Adam did, but God knows.
Verse 23 tells us what happened to Adam and Eve. God drove them from their beautiful home and Adam had to work, while Eve labored in childbirth.
In summary, Eve let someone talk her into doing something God had told her not to do. This tells us the gospel can not be sugar coated into making you believe that something is right. We need to take the Word, study it and learn what it says. We need to stand up for the truth.