The Fall of Man

Genesis 3:1-7, 11-13, 19-24: “Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, `You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, `You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’ “The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 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 desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings…

And He [God] said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” …

By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.” Now the man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all the living. The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.

Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”– therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life. “

Eve's Folly Close up

The story of Adam and Eve is pivotal to my faith. It was something I learned as a child. Eve was in the garden. She talked to the serpent. She ate the fruit and they left Eden. Yet there’s so much more to it than that.

God allowed them to have free reign over the Garden of Eden. It was a beautiful garden. It had lovely rivers and lush vegetation. There were fruit trees everywhere. The ultimate innocence. Yet God set one boundary. He told them to not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when they ate of it, they would surely die.

As a mother, I can see how boundaries are there to protect us. I often tell my oldest daughter not to touch something, or than she can’t have something. Not because I’m mean. Not because I don’t love her. Not because I don’t want to give her good things. But because I do love her and want to protect her. There are many things that at her young age, she just can not handle, emotionally or physically.

God is the best Father ever. He longs to protect us from evil. Yet he loves us enough to give us free will. Eve had the choice. She could have said no. She could have obeyed God. Yet she didn’t. And then she enticed her husband into sin also.

Because she is the mother of all living, we can trace our roots of sin back to her. Eve made the ultimate folly. Hence, “Eve’s Folly” is representative of her mistake. The red and greens of the fruit (most think of an a apple), and brown of the tree trunk. The fruit tree she could not resist.

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