So, what do we learn about who God is from these two verses? They are the next two verses in this sad tale of the fall of man (and woman.) In fact she really seems to be the central character in this sad story. So what was it that made her finally give in? “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.”
OK, I can identify with her in wanting food I shouldn’t eat. I can really identify with seeing something that I really like and wanting it. Like Eve wisdom is desirable but usually not at the top of my list in the lusting after things department. Whether it be my sugar free chocolate from Rocky Mountain Choc Factory or a new pair of jeans I know it usually starts either in my seeing it or thinking about it. She was already thinking about it because saten made sure of that when he called attention to the tree in the first place. And what do you know, Adam was with her…first we see of him in Chapter 3. Was he there all along or did he just mosey up at the last minute? These are all questions I can’t wait to have answered. I want to know if it was as easy for them to be deceived as it seems or as Ronni pointed out was something they agonized over. Did the temptation go on over several days or did it all transpire as quickly as it seems in these few short verses?
No matter the duration of time, it doesn’t change how it must have affected our loving God! We have already talked about the fact that I think He cried but I think He cried not just tears of sadness but cried out in great agonized sobs. He had offered mankind a perfect place to live, a perfect relationship with Him and now they aren’t satisfied and want the one thing He says they shouldn’t have FOR THEIR OWN GOOD! What I learn about God is that He has such an amazing love! The testament to His love is that He doesn’t intervene and snatch saten and the two of them up to keep this from happening. He doesn’t do it with us either. I know He doesn’t want our obedience out of a sense of duty or to perform for our worth. The thread of His awesome love winds all through scripture and the fact that we can’t and won’t earn that love is abundantly clear also. I stand in awe of my God and His great love for Adam and Eve and for you and me. I am brought to tears at the thought of what my sin and lack of faith at times must do to my loving God. How very sad that must make Him!
What do you learn about God from this third chapter of Genesis? I would love to learn from you! Every time you share I see more of who God is through your eyes and hearts. Blessings my friends! May you feel the love of God to the marrow of your bones as you open His Word to grow in knowing Him.