Archive for June, 2011

Another reflection on the Fall

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. (Genesis 3:6)

The Bible isn’t clear about when during Eve’s sin Adam came into the picture. I think there are 3 scenarios.

1) Adam was with Eve while she was tempted.
2) Adam joined Eve after she was tempted but before she ate the fruit.
3) Adam joined Eve after she ate the fruit.

Coming up with these 3 scenarios is already hypothesizing a lot, but consider something one of my small group members said she had read somewhere. This person’s account of the Fall was Scenario 3–Adam came upon Even only after she ate the fruit. The account portrayed Adam as deciding to eat the fruit so that Eve wouldn’t be the only one banished from the Garden. Adam wanted to be with Eve instead of separated from her forever.

If this were any old sappy romance movie, our response to this might be “Awwww, Adam loves Eve so much he would do anything to be with her.” But it actually means that Adam wanted to be with Eve over against obeying God’s commands. It means Adam made Eve his idol. Adam shut out God in order to pursue his own selfish pleasures.

We don’t know if this is what happened, but it reminds us to be careful in our pursuit of relationships and marriage. No matter what stage of the process we are in–trying to get that first date, officially dating, engaged, or married–we must put God before any boyfriend or girlfriend or husband or wife. The temptation will be to put them before God, to idolize them and to make them the center of our attention and adoration rather than make Jesus the center of our attention.