EVE’S FOLLY, OUR CURSE
We all have heard the story of Adam and Eve and how Eve ate the forbidden fruit and gave some to Adam, and how that one act has impacted all of humanity from then on. But if we take a real close look, we will find some really important things that we might have missed the first 100 times around…….
Most translations of Genesis 3:6 read: “When the woman saw…..”, except one. The NLT Bible says “The woman was convinced.” If you read the passage, it seems that, yes, actually, Eve was convinced of something by the serpent. She saw something in the forbidden fruit and she was convinced that it would make her wise, and that she would be like God.
Isn’t that how it goes? We know most of the time what choices are wrong, even before we were drawn by God unto Christ, we still had a sense of right and wrong from birth, but we were convinced that it was the only way to what we wanted.
The fall of all mankind came to be because Eve was convinced that God was withholding something from her, something she needed to have a better life!
She knew it was wrong, but she was convinced by the serpent that God was keeping something from her, something that was to be desired. She desired it. And she decided that in order to satisfy this new desire, she would have to take things into her own hands, and forget about what God had to say about it, because she was missing out on something great! Something that would bring her more than she already had. She wanted more! The whole entire Garden and full fellowship with Almighty God, and a husband who totally loved her, was clearly not enough.
She had to have just one more thing that she didn’t already have, the knowledge of good and evil. That really just blows my mind, seriously.
And because of this folly, God not only had to kick them out of the Garden, He made sure there were consequences for this deadly mistake. And now every woman that is born is now under the curse:
“Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” (Genesis 3:16)
I agree with the commentary on this verse that offers the idea that this curse can’t only be for women who have children and are married because that would exclude all women who don’t ever get married or have children. Instead, I believe that the curse on women has to do with the law of life. Eve would have to travail in order to give birth to new life. And this life would not come easily. It would be full of pain and suffering and travail, in order to bring forth a new thing. We will later see how this connects to idols. And in addition to the curse on the law of life, she is cursed with the desire to control, especially her husband, and she would also be under male dominance.
So to sum up what came from Eve trying to take LIFE into her OWN hands:
- Pain, suffering, travailing to produce new life (literally children, and also spiritually)
- A desire to control men, and everything else really
- Male dominance in this world which is most times NOT pleasant
Do you really see what happened here? Eve thought she could have a better LIFE, so she reached out to the forbidden thing, and with doing that, she forfeited the only real life she ever had which was only found in GOD!
THIS EXPLAINS A LOT
My life is a picture of what happens when we take things into our own hands. Maybe yours too? If I look back, I see myself as a little girl, totally untrusting of anyone and anything. I did not trust people. I was scared. There were too many hurts and wounds as a little girl to know and experience true love. There were too many anxious people trying to save and secure their own life and world for me to know what trusting in God truly was. There were too many scares, too much rejection. And I decided from a very young age that I was going to take care of myself. I didn’t need anyone. I didn’t need anyone’s love. I didn’t need anyone’s advice. I knew everything. I knew what was best for me. I knew what would make me happy! I knew what I wanted and I knew how to get it. I was going to save my own life. No one was trustworthy because everyone will let me down. I was my only hope. Can’t count on anyone, they will just hurt you.
These thoughts as a child turned into adolescent thoughts, and eventually adult thoughts. Until one day, I realized I was this control freak trying to save my own life and trying to make my own life happen because I knew what I needed to be happy! God was holding out on me, so I had to make it happen!
Where do these lies lead a woman? Where does this mistrust in GOD lead??? :
- sex before marriage
- rebellion against all authority
- drug/alcohol use
- working 40 hours a week for minimum wage
- high blood pressure
- heart attacks
- unwanted weight
- credit card debt from overspending
- eating disorders
- plastic surgery
- people pleasing/perfectionism
- unhealthy relationships
When we take our life into our own hands and decide that we know what we need in order to produce everlasting life—the life of the Spirit- Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, self-control, etc……….. A life that is alive and well! A life that brings true joy, true peace, true happiness—– we will be left with nothing but our own misery and pain.
Life is only found in One place—-JESUS CHRIST. Jesus said in John 17:3 that Eternal life is that we may know God, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom He has sent—– and that this life is only found in the Son of God. If we have the Son, we have the life. We can not have real life apart from having Jesus Christ dwelling in our hearts by faith through the Holy Spirit. When we have Christ dwelling in our hearts, we will see the fruit of the Spirit in increasing measure which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, self-control, etc.
But we don’t trust God. We trust ourselves instead, and we try to satisfy our desires by the ways/things/people we think are the answer to our desires. We think that we need to protect ourselves and try to control everything in our lives in order to feel “safe and secure”. We do not even consider that all of this has its roots in Eve, and that the only way we will be free is by surrendering all this mistrust and choosing a different way–the way of Life. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the LIFE.
I will continue this tomorrow with the main focus on this idea that when we take life into our own hands, the consequences are deadly!