What Happened in the Garden of Eden? Part 6
It is evident that Adam did something! No, he did not bring physical death into the human race. No, he did not sin and make all his children thereafter, sinners, inheriting sin from him. No, he did not keep the Garden of Eden as his permanent home. No, as far as the record goes, he did not eat of the tree of Life. No, he did not keep his first twin sons at peace with each other. Finally, no, he did stand strong against the wiles of his beautiful wife after he thought he had lost her to Satan.
The question often comes to mind. Did Eve sin? The apostle Paul speaks about this event in the history of mankind in 1 Timothy 2:10-15. “For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression: Notwithstanding, woman shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.” What is “in the transgression” mean? The NIV translation of the Bible cannot help but add a little commentary every once and a while that is not warranted. It is not, therefore, a completely safe translation. There are many places it makes mistakes on purpose, if you read their purpose for translating. Do we have another topic that sounds an accord to the sin of Adam? Are all women as a whole cursed, sinners-born a sinner, because of Eve’s deception? If not, why not?? Adam was led to sin by his equal; Eve was deceived by a Satan in the body of a snake, something quite inferior to Eve both in nature and appointment by God. The one time woman taught man, she was wrong. Adam did not see the tree of knowledge of good and evil as good for food, it was Eve. It is not “Eve being deceived,” it is “woman being deceived.” It is the “woman” that shall be saved by childbearing-guiding the house, not Adam, yet is man who is charged with “training them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4 Man and woman were equal but because of the “ease of deception” woman retains her position, place as follows the order of creation. In Greek it reads; “but woman, having been deceived in transgression has become.” She was mislead to error and stayed in her place, not becoming the head.
Eve, as they say, “bought the boat.” She was completely taken in by Satan, she was the leader in the error that became Adam’s separation from the fellowship of God, but Adam, himself was not deceived!
Adam knowingly, intentionally made a decision to retain Eve in fellowship rather than the Almighty! It was a brutal decision on his part. Paul earlier writes: “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: ….nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is a figure of Him that was to come.” Romans 5:12-14 Adam’s sin was by CHOICE, not deception. There are many reasons Adams ever since have made such a foolish decision (thousands I am sure thought about thousands of times) but all Adams, lacked the confidence in God that was made known at the sacrifice of Isaac. Adam lacked faith!! “For I was alive without the law, once: but when the commandment came, sin became alive, and I died.” Romans 7:9 Innocence was replaced by command, command made us make a choice; we all chose poorly-the reasons are endless, the results, the same.
God is still kind to mankind. The error of Eve is innocence, not choice. All of us commit our first sin without intention. Satan still has the advantage. God offered “woman” the same opportunity as He offers us except now He has offered His Son, not the son of Abraham!