Story of Adam and Eve – Garden Of Eden: The Confrontation
The Garden Of Eden-The Confrontation
With God observing, Eve decides to take a bite of the fruit in the Garden of Eden. The serpent (Lucifer), deceived Eve to eat the fruit and Adam then followed. At that point God enters the Garden of Eden and confronts Adam and Eve. The encounter in the Garden of Eden between God and Adam is very interesting as it pertains to sin…
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Eve bought into the serpents lie and ate the fruit of the tree. Adam in turn also believed the serpent and ate the fruit of the tree as well. God of course observed the entire encounter, and came into the Garden to confront Adam and Eve. And that encounter went something like this.
“They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”
So Adam replied, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
And He (God) said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I ate.”
And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (Genesis3:8-13 NKJV)
There are several interesting points worth noting in this encounter between God and Adam and Eve. First, notice the immediate effects of sin as Adam replies to God’s questions. When asked if he had eaten the fruit from the tree which God commanded them not to eat, Adam’s immediate instinct is to pass the blame unto God and then the woman God had given to be with him.
“Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I ate.”
Then, when God turns to Eve and says “What is this you have done?” Eve tries to pass the blame unto the serpent.
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
Notice that neither of them threw themselves upon God’s mercy or asked His forgiveness or even admitted they done anything wrong. Instead, they attempted to justify their behavior by trying to pass the blame onto everyone present except themselves.
Lucifer was elated. He reasoned that now that Adam and Eve and been disobedient to God, God would have only two choices in this dilemma. He could of course forgive Adam and Eve, thus illustrating that He could arbitrarily set His Word and his law aside anytime it pleased Him, or more likely, He would follow through on His word and withdraw His Spirit from them causing them to “surely die” forever.
However, there was a third alternative that Lucifer could not have foreseen. God did several things at that juncture. First, God addresses the serpent as well as Lucifer, who was possessing the serpent. He first pronounces a curse on the serpent because it was the animal of choice Lucifer used to deceive Adam and Eve. He then proceeds to address Lucifer directly and He makes the following statement:
“I will put enmity (an enemy) between you and the woman, and between your seed, and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you will bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:15 NKJV)
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