Follow Me: Sin Conceived

sin0510 Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible.

Genesis 3

The first recorded study in God’s word created a problem that exposed sin. The serpent, who started the discussion about God, was now firmly entrenched in the lives of Adam and Eve. He sat by in smug satisfaction as shame swept over the rulers of earth when they realized they were naked. He watched in fascination as the bearers of God’s image covered themselves in fig leaves. Then they heard God walking in the garden and dove into a grove of trees for cover.

“Where are you?” God called.[1]

The presence of God was too strong to resist. Adam, Eve and the serpent emerged from hiding.

“I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid,” said Adam.[2]

The grass skirts the rulers of earth were wearing told God what they had done, but he did not deride their disobedience. He asked probing questions. “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”[3]

Adam ignored the first question and attempted to defend his actions by blaming God. “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”[4] Adam was not ready to accept responsibility for his actions, so God turned his attention to the woman. “What is this you have done?”[5]

“The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”[6]   The woman blamed the serpent for deceiving her, but she was wrong. The serpent lied to Eve, but he did not deceive her. Eve’s desire deceived her.

James explained why we sin and where deception comes from. “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed [deluded[7]]. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”[8] Eating from the tree of knowledge contrary to God’s command was not “the sin”, it was a symptom of sin.

Eve’s sin had its roots in an evil desire that most would say is a good desire. She wanted to be wise.[9] There is nothing wrong with being wise, unless you want to be wise like God. God had already imparted wisdom when he told them the consequences of eating from the tree of knowledge. They knew the truth, because God had told them the truth. They sinned when they choose to believe the worst of God, the only way to justify sinning against him.

We know Eve’s heart was far from God because she was adding to God’s word.[10] It is easy to believe the worst of someone you do not love. Sin conceived when Adam and Eve judged God to be a liar who withheld good things from them. Adam agreed with her. They both ate fruit from the tree of knowledge. If the one commanding your life is bad, you will feel justified in breaking his commands and encouraging others to do the same.

[1] Genesis 3:9

[2] Genesis 3:10

[3] Genesis 3:11

[4] Genesis 3:12

[5] Genesis 3:13

[6] Genesis 3:13

[7] G1185 δελεάζω  deleazō  del-eh-ad’-zo From the baes of G1388; to entrap, that is, (figuratively) delude: – allure, beguile, entice.

[8] James 1:14-15

[9] Genesis 3:6

About Teena Myers

Teena Myers is the Chairman of Southern Christian Writers, a freelance writer and author of three books.
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