Satan engaged with Eve; he set her up. Adam was present and allowed her to be deceived. He observed, he took the fruit and ate as she had eaten.
What was his motivation? I think Adam didn’t want to lose Eve. Just as she prioritised Adam over GOD, so did Adam put Eve first rather than GOD. The rest, as the cliche goes, is history.
This is where we left off in GOD’S STORY last week.
Why is it that Eve was deceived but Adam sinned? Why has Eve been painted throughout history as the one whom Satan tricked but Adam was the one who rebelled against GOD, sinned, fell from GOD’s grace?
Preparing the Bride for GOD’s Story
How do we prepare as the Bride of Christ? One aspect is to learn GOD’S STORY. He created us in His image…. Piece by piece, and peace by peace, we learn to walk as He has walked. And we learn His perspective.
Genesis 3:6 reads,
“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.”
When Satan was speaking to Eve, for at least part of the conversation Adam was present. He didn’t interrupt, he didn’t divert Eve’s attention. He watched, listened and did not intervene.
So when Eve ate, he watched her. When Eve offered him fruit, he took it. Why?
I think he wasn’t deceived but he let Eve be deceived. That’s just conjecture. But what is clear is, she took some fruit and ate, and then offered it to him. He took it and ate it.
Why did Adam eat the fruit?
The only conclusion I can draw is that Adam wanted to go along with Eve rather than be separate from her. And ultimately, they were together … even though they became separated from GOD.
In the garden, Adam observed Satan when Satan was talking to Eve. And Adam is the one held accountable for eating the forbidden fruit. He disobeyed GOD’s command and is held responsible for the rebellion. Eve ate because Satan got her to believe it would be a good thing to become wise, and for Adam’s sake she ate and offered it to him. While Eve’s motive may have been pure, simply wanting to help Adam, Adam didn’t need to help someone else. His calling was to name the animals and look after the earth. His motive to sin then, was only for himself.
Personally, I don’t see that Adam believed it was within GOD’s will that he be wise, and yet he went along with the act of disobedience. He must have wanted to be with Eve more than he wanted to obey GOD. And his behaviour suggests he wanted to be wise for his own sake, even though he knew it was against GOD’s intentions.
Adam’s motive, Eve’s motive
Motive is key to how GOD views us. GOD looks at the heart. While Eve’s heart may well have been to be helpful, Adam’s motive was for himself. At its heart, that was Adam’s sin.
And so Adam is held responsible ultimately for the fall of all mankind. He broke our relationship with GOD.
Salvation through the man without a human father
We inherit sin from the male. We all have a human father…. except for Jesus. Jesus was born without sin because the Holy Spirit was His father. He didn’t have an earthly father from whom He inherited sin.
And so when Jesus died, He died for all of us. When He was resurrected He defeated death for all who believe.
We all need Jesus’ sacrifice to receive forgiveness for our sinfulness. Eve was deceived but Adam sinned. And Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice to restore the relationship GOD intends for us all. Adam broke it; Jesus restores it. Hallelujah!