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The Blame Game

“...Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me-she gave me some fruit from the tree and I ate it.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Genesis 3:11-13 (NIV)
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Genesis 3 tells the story of the fall of humankind. It is heartbreaking to think that all of the pain and suffering throughout the course of history are due to this moment, right here.

The chapter opens with Satan, in the form of a serpent, tricking Eve. He said, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Satan’s game plan for getting Eve to sin was to get her to doubt God. To doubt His goodness and His gifts. He had given them everything. They were living in perfection! They had dominion over all of creation! And yet,Satan spun it so it seemed liked God was holding out on them. He said, “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”(v. 5) Oh Eve. She took the fruit and ate it and gave some to Adam. And he ate some, too.

This is where people like to point fingers in a gender blame game. Who’s fault is it that we have sin in this world? Who do we have to thank for this? Women.

Adam started the blame game himself. When they were hiding, God came looking for them and said, “What have you done?” “Adam said, “The woman you put here with me-she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” (v.12) But Eve wasn’t taking any responsibility either. She blamed the serpent. He deceived her, after all.

But when we look more closely in the text, we can conclude a few things about who’s responsible. First, look back in chapter 2, verses 15-16. God puts Adam in the Garden of Eden to care for it. He tells Adam that he can eat from any tree in the garden, except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Eve was not there to hear this command. She hadn’t even been created yet.

Moving on to Chapter 3, verse 6, we discover that Adam was with her when Satan was tricking her. Adam was the one who had heard the direct command from God. He should have spoken up and taken the lead here. But sadly, he did not. He just went along with it.

However, Eve cannot claim innocence. Her answer to the serpent in verse 2 shows that she knew she shouldn’t eat the fruit from that tree. Either Adam had passed on God’s command to her or God had repeated his command to her directly. Either way, she knew that the tree's fruit was off limits. She knew God’s command.

So what is the Word about women concerning the blame for the fall? Adam and Eve were both equally responsible. Both knew the command of God and both were aware of the consequences. And yet both failed to obey.

Thankfully, Good News is coming.

Pray

God, I understand that in Adam and Eve, all of us are sinners. I recognize the sin in my own life and I accept the responsibility. Please forgive me. Amen.

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