The Fall • Devotion #3: Eve’s Role in Sin
Sierra Combs | Women’s Ministry Director
It is good to go back to the beginning, the very beginning when God created the Heavens and the Earth. He did that on the first day and then spent the next several days creating more. He made water and land, trees and flowers, the sun and the moon, and every kind of animal. On the sixth day, He made a man and named him Adam. The Bible says that He made Adam in His image, and since sin had not yet made its way onto the newly formed land, Adam was a perfect man living in a perfect garden on a perfect Earth. Despite the perfection of it all, God saw that it was not good for Adam to be alone, so He created for him a helper, a woman named Eve. I am sure Adam was thrilled to have this perfectly designed woman as his helper. What a good life that must have been! It was just the two of them hanging out with God and a whole bunch of animals in the most beautiful garden ever created! The Bible says that they were both naked and unashamed. They did not know sin and were able to walk in blissful freedom, void of any shame and guilt.
They were only given one rule. In Genesis 2:16-17, God said to them, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” That sounds pretty serious! We do not know how long it took until they disregarded what God had told them, but we do know that the enemy, the crafty serpent, saw a perfect opportunity to mess up the good and perfect thing that Adam and Eve were enjoying. He went to the woman and asked if God had forbidden them from eating of that one tree, and Eve confirmed what God had said, that if they ate of the tree, there would be some serious repercussions. In Genesis 3:4-7 we see the serpent’s response, “But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.”
Just like that, sin entered the world. The serpent, the enemy, known as Satan, crept his way into Eve’s world, tricked her and tempted her to disregard God’s command. Not only did she sin, but she also drug her husband down with her. The fruit itself was not the issue; the sin was that she chose to disobey. Eve already knew good, but by eating the fruit and disobeying God, she gained the personal knowledge of evil. She also gained the guilt and shame that came with it. Her sin had left her exposed, she instantly knew she was naked, and the perfect relationship she had with God was broken. She could not hide from Him, and neither can we. No fig tree outfit in the world can cover our sin and shame. God sees it. The Bible says that because of the original sin back in the garden, we are all born sinners. Romans 3:23 says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Every single one of us falls short and are separated from God because of sin. Interestingly, though Eve was the first person to sin, God would provide the solution to that sin through “her seed.” That Seed is Jesus Christ, and He alone brings the atonement for our sin. Through His perfect blood that was shed on a cross, my debt was paid, and my relationship with God has been restored. Just like Adam and Eve before their sin, I am in perfect standing with the Father. The same solution is offered to you. I pray you will accept it!