God completed creation and gave every good thing he had made to the man and woman who bore his image. On the seventh day, he rested and on the eighth day the business of living started. Adam and Eve began the daunting task of replenishing the earth and bringing everything God created in subjection to their God given authority.
God created woman so the man would not be alone leaving the implication that periods of time elapsed when God was not present. The Bible is silent on how often God interacted with Adam and Eve. We only know that he visited in the cool of the day. We also know that Adam and Eve were not the first to sin against God because they were tempted to sin.
How much time elapsed from the eighth day of creation to the first “Bible study” is unknown. One of God’s creations, a snake, asked the ones in authority an insincere question about God. “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
Remove from you mind the image of the snake we are familiar with today. This creature did not slither on the ground eating dust. Those things were God’s judgment against him for tempting Eve and Adam. This serpent was able to communicate and may have stood upright. Whatever form the serpent bore, he had a problem with God before the discussion began.
The serpent was not seeking truth. He was seeking to instruct those who God set in authority over him. Adam was created first and received instruction from God first, but it is the woman who took the lead in this discussion about God. “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
Consider Eve’s words carefully. Is she correct? Did God forbid them to touch the tree on penalty of death? God said “in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Eve said if you eat or “touch it” you shall die.
Eve added to God’s word as though God himself said it. If you are thinking this is minutiae think again. Many years later, Jesus quoted a scripture to religious people who, like their mother Eve, had added to God’s commands: “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. And in vain they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”
God choose Adam and Eve to rule the earth. God himself had instructed them. God planted the garden they called home. He gave them a light and easy burden to bear – do not “eat” of the tree of knowledge. Yet their hearts were far from God. The serpent, called God’s integrity into question and they believed him. “You will not surely die,” said the serpent. In other words God is a liar.
Is God a liar? If you need proof God tells us the truth visit a graveyard. As you walk by each grave pause and ask yourself who told the truth to the first man and woman. Death is certain. Adam died. Eve died. Everyone dies.