1. The Ramifications of Sin Are Bleak
When Eve encountered Satan in the garden it may have all seemed so harmless. We know now, what she didn’t know then; she was a ploy in the devil's schemes. Genesis 3:1 (NIV), tells us “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden?”’”
Here he uses a strategy that mankind still struggles with today. He sowed seeds of doubt regarding God’s original instructions. Eve initially responds to his question with confidence by clarifying what God said in Genesis 3:2 (NIV). “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it or you will die.’”
Eve clearly and concisely articulated the consequences of sin: death. Her understanding may have been that the aftermath of touching the forbidden fruit would result in immediate physical death. The devil capitalized on her naivete and countered by saying, “You will not certainly die… For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Eve reasoned in her mind that the consequences were not so bad when worded that way. Her fatal flaw in this moment was believing God’s words didn’t hold true, but Satan’s did. Yes, Eve would be like God knowing both good and evil, but she would also now taste an eventual physical death and experience separation from God.
Eve burst the door wide open for sin to enter our world. Scriptures say in Genesis 3:6 NIV), “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” What Eve did not realize is that the ramifications of her single act meant that all human beings would experience separation from God. The innocence, intimacy, and closeness she felt with her creator would be gone in an instant.
Adam and Eve’s sin became ours as their seed of disobedience traveled through our bloodline. This is what it says in Isaiah 59:2 (NIV), “But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.” Sin, consequently, became the wedge between us and God causing us to need atonement for our sins in order to be cleansed of our unrighteousness.
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