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Hey, It Wasn’t Eve’s Fault!

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I was reading a nice blog entry about ” The Man Zone” by Pastor James that goes into more to being a man than machismo, I appreciated that. I know that there is a certain amount of machismo in the job description but it doesn’t mean beating down every man who looks at your wife. There is a bit of machismo in everything that a man is required to do, it just isn’t recognized as such. These days Academia is preoccupied with feminizing boys instead of instilling right responsibilities. A good read on the subject is “Killing Adam” by Maya Emmett.

The Bible is pretty clear on a man’s responsibility, but sorry guys, it doesn’t mean you’re the big, bad, boss. Actually, you are a woman’s nurturer, provider, protector, shield, spiritual head, confidant, emotional support, wall. No, your job isn’t to be the recipient of everything a woman can give. Sorry to disillusion ya.

Which brings us to the subject at hand. I was blown away when I caught the truth behind Genesis 3. In Genesis 2 God created Adam and gave him authority over the Garden and everything in it. And God commanded Adam not to eat from the tree:

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.””

Then God created the woman and she was in the Garden.

So Adam was given the ultimate authority and passed that information on to Eve. He told Eve not to eat of the tree because that was his job, to tell her. There is no indication that God directly told Eve. And so they lived in the garden together.

After some time, along comes the serpent, “3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made.” and finds Eve and asks her the question, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’? ” Now remember, Adam told her, so we have some plausible deniability here, but she says, “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.’” .  So the crafty serpent, the Devil, playing on emotions, twists the words and says, “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Well, if we’re not really going to die, why not. 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.” So manipulating a woman’s emotion brought sin into the world? Not really, a missed point here is this part, “ She also gave some to her husband, who was with her“. Adam was there with her all the time.

So what gives here. What was the first sin? (ok, theologians not welcome here at this point ;-)  ) Adam knew right and wrong, he knew not to eat from the tree and he knew he was supposed to be taking care of his wife. He was supposed to step in and say “hey, whoa, God said no, period.” But instead he sat there, listened to the smooth words, chewed on them a bit, saw his wife reaching for the fruit. Instead of slapping her hand away he just let her take the fruit, said to himself, ” okay, let’s see if she dies” and let her take the risk. When she didn’t drop dead he thought, ” cool, I guess God was wrong on that one.” and then he ate. But here’s the point, eating the apple didn’t kill them, unbelief and disobedience did. Adam disobeyed, then Eve disobeyed, then their eyes were opened. Adam didn’t do his part and the both of them fell.

So here I am, I have a responsibility to tell you. No guys, don’t be blaming the woman and lording it over them. The onus is on you. It’s tough, and takes a bit of internal machismo. If God has given you the care of a woman, take responsibility, quit the machismo game, or the effeminate nicey, nicey, game and act like a man. God is calling you to be more accountable.

Now ladies, this doesn’t give you an out. We are all born into sin and only Jesus can redeem us. If someone is dropping the ball it’s still no excuse. God speaks to each of us individually, and only individually can we receive God’s grace and mercy. He calls each of us into repentance. If you haven’t received God’s grace through Jesus the Christ, now is the time, there is no better. Second chances are few and far between, this may be the only time you have to come to Jesus and receive the gift of life. He is waiting for you. Don’t blame someone else for dropping the ball…

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Author: godsfingers

I'm a musician and worship leader, intent on following wherever God leads and directs me, with His leading's in the Spirit and others bonking me on the head ( hopefully not much of the latter). My life experiences are in blue collar and white collar (engineering) employment, political office, lay ministries, national competition in track and cross country and most importantly marriage and raising a family. God has given me a unique set of skills and character to serve Him and a passion for doing it.

8 thoughts on “Hey, It Wasn’t Eve’s Fault!

  1. I would say both were at fault. I would not say it is Adam’s fault. To say it is only Adam’s fault or only Eve’s fault is incorrect but yes you are right it is not just Eve’s fault they are both to blame.

    • Oh, yes, they were both at fault as we bend to our own will. The point being a thought, could Adam’s obedience have prevented this (theologians have at it)? I doubt it, the subsequent unbelief in God’s Word would have undone him.

      It just shows, though, the awesome responsibility we men have had from the get go, but faithless men have turned around into a blame/shame bondage.

  2. Check out Genesis 4:1; & 5:1-3 When God created him, them they were ‘in HIS image…. after they fell, as some say, they took on the ‘nature, spiritual’ of Satan, in 5 we see that Adam was created in God’s image, yet the first born of Adam was created in his image…a big difference thus the long arm of Death reached in and claimed all of man kind ‘being born into sin’…(of the womb of the woman…(smile) yet the Glory of the Lord when he spoke to Eve..he ‘called her ‘Woman…her seed’ …. and that law of ‘seed produce that which it is…is why Mary born of that seed of man, her first son was born of the ”incorruptible seed of God..who ‘spoke’ it into being’…and on the Cross ‘HE said ”Woman behold thy son”….(smile)…many a sermon has been preached on ‘John taking care of Mary…few on the miracle and fulfilled promise of God in the Garden ‘to Woman’…(smile) Glory to God that’s shouting …and we are all ‘born again’ into that incorruptible seed’ when we ‘repent and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ…..thanks for sharing this I really enjoyed it and what I was reminded of this truth also to share because of what you wrote…Then you Jesus!! God’s idea of a Man is awesome…when they realize that they ‘are special’…and special to us women…

  3. Dear Dan,
    I never thought of it that way: Adam should have laid his life down for his wife. But now that we are where we are at, it is imperative for wifes to pray, pray, pray for their husbands, to cover them with prayers and blessings. To bless them each day. We all need encouragement.
    Peace,
    Deirdre

    • Proverbs 31:10 to 31:31 you’ll see a wonderful prayer that is ever so beautiful for all women to pray for their husbands, families and home…To God be the Glory for this gift

  4. Hi Dan, just found your blog today. I concur with what you wrote about the Garden sin account. Adam was right there with Eve when she ate the forbidden fruit. To me it points out that when God speaks, He says what He means, and means what He says. This should be the way we should approach His Word: believe it, accept it by faith, don’t question it or compromise it.

    And what Deirdre said is so important, wives should give their husbands their support and have agreement and a united front in all major matters. An important way to do this is by praying together. And always pray for one another. Prayer and unity are spiritual weapons that will offset Satan’s attacks upon the home and family.

  5. Very good debate.Some Bible translations say Adam was present others say he was not.My biggest problem is female accountablity.We know Adam was given the Word before Eve existed.We also know Adam gave her Word and she understood it.Part of Eve’s protection was the information that she chose to disregard . There is no mention of the serpent and Adam having the conversation.So you’re telling me Adam is to tell her the Word and protect her when she deliberately breaks it??? Women have free will and can be very rebellious.Adams goof up is mainly eating the apple.I don’t go too far with the protection stuff if you’re deliberately disobeying guidelines designed to help you.Modern women really push this envelope.All the rights no responsibility.Peace And Blessings To All…

    • Hi Jerry,

      Thanks for commenting. There doesn’t appear to be any separation between verse 5 and verse 6 so that’s why made that assertion. None-the-less he did, in fact, take the fruit and eat after letting her eat. The commentary is about man’s passivity, beginning with Adam, and the results that follow. The woman in rebellion, who continues in rebellion after being directed otherwise is one thing. But there is no indication that Adam manned up, if you will, but actually passively followed his wife. The condition of the mainline churches today is a result of this passivity, giving in to the wiles of women and emotional decisions instead of Biblical choices.

      en Agape’

      Dan

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