Genesis 3. So much is packed into this chapter. It is especially famous for recording the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
If it weren’t for Genesis 3, the Bible would be a very short book.
My talk on Genesis chapter three is my favorite, and I’ve delivered it at least twenty times. I just returned from leading a pastor’s conference in Colombia, South America. We kicked off the conference by looking at this chapter.
Romans 5 teaches that we inherited our sin nature from Adam, who sinned in the Garden when he ate of the forbidden fruit. [Don’t worry: If Adam and none of his descendants had sinned, I would have done the job]. Adam’s sin introduced sin into the blood stream of humanity. In theology, we call this cataclysmic event “The Fall” (NOT “original sin”).
The rest of the Bible records the struggle toward restoration of paradise and fellowship.
But this important story includes more than Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden. Pay careful attention to the details immediately following their sin, and we’ll learn a lot about human nature.
1) Immediately after they sinned, Adam and Eve tried to cover up their sin with fig leaves. We do the same thing. We try to conceal the damage so that no one will ever notice. We’re like the child who tries to clean up the mess after eating all of the forbidden cookies. God can see the crumbs all over our face. Cover-up doesn’t work.
2) Next, Adam and Eve tried to hide from God. In the game of hide-and-seek, God always wins. There’s no use trying to hide from the God of the universe. Pretending He can’t see us doesn’t make it so. And giving Him the silent treatment or acting like you don’t believe He exists as a way to punish Him only punishes yourself.
When God finds them, He asks Adam a very important question: Did you eat from the forbidden tree? Of course, God knows the answer to this question. So why did He ask it? He was graciously giving Adam an opportunity to confess. What Adam does next is jaw-dropping…and convicting.
3) Finally, Adam pointed his finger at Eve and blamed her. He also suggested that God was to blame: “The woman, whom You gave to be with me, SHE gave me the fruit and I ate it.” Eve catches on quickly. When God turns to her, she points her finger at the serpent, and so the buck gets passed to him.
Sound familiar? It seems we may have inherited more than our sin nature from Adam. We follow the same pattern after we sin instead of accepting responsibility. When we sin today, we try to cover it up. We try to hide from God. We try to blame others.
Read the story yourself sometime and see what fresh insights come to you. Genesis 3:1-13.