I read Genesis 3 with new eyes. Often, as a child, the fall of man was taught with heavy focus on Adam and Eve’s disobedience. They ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and they were cursed then cast out. Mmmmmm…..but there is more. God did punish them for their actions. It was not just the disobedience, but because disobedience fueled by a desire to be God.
(read aloud as if storytelling to a child)
Now the serpent was craftier than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”“ You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and 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.
Eve refuses the first prompting and (incorrectly) corrects the serpent’s question. The serpent lies. In this lie, he creates a payout for her disobedience. The serpent tells her she will be like God. Motivated by pride, she and Adam succumb to temptation and eat the fruit.
And they all lived happily ever after.
Just kidding. Whether religious or pagan, we all know we don’t experience happily ever after. God strolls into Eden in the cool of the day, to find man and woman hiding themselves. Man and woman confess and blame shift. In perfect discipline, they are punished. In perfect grace, they are cast out of the garden.
As, I reflect on Satan’s Exile and Humanities Fall, I see parallels.
I have drawn some parallels from the first two exchanges God has with other beings.
- Both parties believed they deserved a higher position than assigned.
- Their prideful attitudes created folly in behavior.
- Both groups were discontent with their situation which stemmed from ingratitude. (especially since all was well in the world)
- Their pride lead to selfish decision-making.
- Both parties assumed they knew better than God.
- God will not be associated with pride even to the smallest degree.
- God deals swiftly with any attempt to usurp His rightful throne.
- God lays out punishment for pride.
- God does not take pride lightly.
- God does not take my pride lightly.
If God dealt so swiftly with the their pride. He is going to deal with mine.