Genesis 3 v 6: Temptation


The woman saw how beautiful the tree was and how good its fruit would be to eat, and she thought how wonderful it would be to become wise.  So she took some of the fruit and ate it.  Then she gave some to her husband, and he also ate it (v6)

We saw in verse 5 that Satan lies to Eve, distorting the truth and making doing the wrong thing appear attractive and beneficial.  He told her that she would gain from her actions when in fact she had more to lose.  All she gained was the feeling of guilt.

He tries unsuccessfully to do the same with Jesus in Luke chapter 4 but Jesus is wiser and knows the truth, using it to rebuke Satan.

If people are tempted by such trials, they must not say “This temptation comes from God” For God cannot be tempted by evil and he himself tempts no one. (James 1 v 13)

God does not tempt us, nor did He tempt Eve and Adam, it was Satan’s lies appealing to their weakness.  He did not actually give the fruit to Eve, she had some time to think about if and chose her actions based on those lies.  She trusted Satan instead of God.

He created a desire in her which lead her to sin.

Everything that belongs to the world – what the sinful self desires, what people see and want, and everything in this world that people are proud of – none of this comes from the Father; it all comes from the world. (1 John 2 v 16)

See also James 1 v 14-15

One point I notice in verse 6, which often appears to be overlooked is that in some translations it says that her husband is with her.  Now it is not clear whether he was in on the original conversation with Satan or whether it was later when Eve actually chooses to eat of the fruit, but he apparently does nothing to correct or stop her.  He has already failed in his role to protect her and guide her.

In Numbers 30 v 6-15, it speaks of a woman making a vow, perhaps carelessly and her husband says nothing about it, he is then ultimately responsible for her carrying out or failing to carry out those vows.  By saying nothing, he confirms that he is in agreement with her.   Adam apparently says nothing, so is equally guilty and must take responsibility for his actions and hers.

In Jeremiah 44 v 15 onwards, the men who knew that their wives were burning incense to other gods were to be punished along with their wives.  Again we see that the men, by failing to act or say anything about their wives actions were giving approval and therefore implicated with them.

Paul warns in 2 Corinthians 11 v 3 against being deceived by Satan’s cunning ways as Eve was and led away from their devotion to Christ by false teaching.

In 1 Timothy 2 v 14, Paul says that Eve was deceived first.  However, clearly Adam had responsibility not only to protect himself from being deceived but to make sure that his wife was not.  He apparently was there and so in allowing Eve to partake, he was responsible and although we see later he tried to blame her; it was his choice.  He had opportunity to stop her, and certainly to not take part with her.


All quotes from The Good News Bible





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