Adam and Eve disobey God.
7. Adam and Eve sin and defend their actions.
It seems Adam and Eve didn’t pay much attention to the tree or its fruit before the serpent planted questions in their minds. They knew God said the fruit of the tree was forbidden, and they never questioned God about it.
If this had been someone who already had a fallen nature, they would have built a fence around the Tree and leaned as far over the fence as possible to study the Tree to try to figure out why God didn’t want them to eat of it. Then they would have wondered why they felt such temptation to eat of the forbidden fruit.2
The temptation follows the pattern in 1 John 2:16.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, isn’t the Father’s, but is the world’s.
Lust of the flesh—Eve looks at the fruit, and for the first time, she sees it as good food.
Lust of the eyes—Eve notices that the fruit is delightful to look at.
Pride of life—Eve saw that the tree was to be desired to make one wise.
[Eve] took some of its fruit, and ate. Then she gave some to her husband with her, and he ate it, too.
When she took the fruit and did not die (as a result of touching it), she wrongly assumed the serpent’s lie was correct.
It’s interesting to note that Adam was with Eve during her conversation with the serpent. If Adam spoke up at all, scripture doesn’t record it.
God questions Adam and Eve.
Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent for deceiving her. Neither of them accepted responsibility for their disobedience and repented.
8. The after shock
Their eyes were opened and they both realized they were naked. They felt embarrassed, so they sewed fig leaves together to make aprons.
That evening, they heard Yahweh’s voice as He walked in the garden, and they were afraid so they hid among the trees.
Before they sinned, they didn’t know fear, shame, or embarrassment, and now they’ve lost their innocence.
The death that Adam and Eve experienced when they ate the forbidden fruit was immediate separation from God. (Don Stewart)
9. Yahweh God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”
That strikes me as so very sad. God created us to have fellowship with Him. Because of sin, we still hide in shame even though by grace through faith Jesus restores us in right relationship with our heavenly Father as if sin never happened.
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2 AWM Living Commentary
Unless noted, all Scripture from public domain WEB translation.
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