The Man and Woman Sin
14 Then the Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this, you are cursed
more than all animals, domestic and wild.
You will crawl on your belly,
groveling in the dust as long as you live.
15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will strike[b] your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
16 Then he said to the woman,
“I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy,
and in pain you will give birth.
And you will desire to control your husband,
but he will rule over you.[c]”
17 And to the man he said,
“Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree
whose fruit I commanded you not to eat,
the ground is cursed because of you.
All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.
18 It will grow thorns and thistles for you,
though you will eat of its grains.
19 By the sweat of your brow
will you have food to eat
until you return to the ground
from which you were made.
For you were made from dust,
and to dust you will return.”
Paradise Lost: God’s Judgment
20 Then the man—Adam—named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all who live.[d] 21 And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife. 22 Then the Lord God said, “Look, the human beings[e] have become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? Then they will live forever!” 23 So the Lord God banished them from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made. 24 After sending them out, the Lord God stationed mighty cherubim to the east of the Garden of Eden. And he placed a flaming sword that flashed back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
- 3:8 Or Adam, and so throughout the chapter.
- 3:15 Or bruise; also in 3:15b.
- 3:16 Or And though you will have desire for your husband, / he will rule over you.
- 3:20 Eve sounds like a Hebrew term that means “to give life.”
- 3:22 Or the man; Hebrew reads ha-adam.
Thought for the day
God is very disappointed with Adam and Eve due to their turning their back on him in the first half of chapter 3. God is forced to hand down judgement and makes the snake the lowest of all creatures in the minds of man. God promises that men and snakes will be enemies for all time. For those who are new, the snake is an allegorical figure for Satan and evil. It seems the curses, are dealt out in the order of the intent of the offender. Satan gets the blunt of the curse since he was the antagonizer.
Eve gets the lessor curse as she for the most part passes down a reminder of her transgression to all womanhood. She gets and passes down the immense pain of child birth, but that is nothing compared to the second half of the curse she receives. Vs. 16 last sentence she is told she will want to control her Husband, but in-spite of that innate desire he will rule over her. When a person has an innate desire to take charge and control someone, it is eternal torment to be ruled by them. Emotions have to be one of the most difficult things to deal with in life. In my opinion in any relationship it is best to decide who is ultimately in charge so that in a disagreement, the issue and responsibility stop with the named person. In this case, God determined it would be the husband. I think Eve lost her credibility with God when she chose to turn against him, then to bring the sin to Adam. Showed bad judgement I guess.
God inflicts a curse on man for partaking in Eve’s sins. The first half of the curse is no big deal, he has to work. Man loves to work, so we are good. The nasty part, is the work will be hard and the return poor. (That’s a curse! when you can’t bring home everything your family needs; though you work to the bone.) We are told the land will yield food, but we will have to work hard to get it and the quality will be low, and mixed with weeds. (Today we can control weeds, but the chemicals and synthetic materials we use, still diminish the food quality.)
The final blow, is life is no longer eternal at this point
In verse 19 – Man is told he is dying. All mankind has lost his eternal life, he will die and go back to the dust he was made from. At this point, man becomes mortal. God still loved Adam and Eve and in verse 20, their names are made official for us to use.
They get their first taste of death in Verse 21, and God made clothing for Adam and Eve from Animal skins to protect them from the elements, and their newly found nudity. Right here, we have a change from living entirely from a plant based lifestyle, to a plant and animal based lifestyle. Being that God has educated the first couple on killing for clothing in verse 25, I would also be willing to bet, they were also introduced to flesh as food. This is just my bet and it does not agree with many Bible scholars. After being banished from Eden and having no access to healthy vegetation, their diet now has to be supplemented with animal flesh. Today we are not as well off with vegan alternatives as we were then, and we are certainly no better than Adam and Eve. All our modern technology cannot reproduce what we had in Eden. There are many elements that can only be obtained from animal flesh today. This makes me very sad, as I actually feel sorry for the critters. Not that I don’t enjoy a good steak now and again. All this being said there are some that do get by as Vegans. Many of the ones I know who do live a strict vegan diet without vitamins, have mental issues related to the missing elements in their diet. Some of us would not do well without a balanced plant and animal diet. Though I believe when we arrive back in God’s kingdom, we will be back in strictly vegan utopia.
Have a wonderful day and remember God Loves you.