Adam & Eve Wanted More
Satan was not happy when God renovated the dilapidated world he called home. He did not like that God had created a perfect Garden and assigned mirror images of Himself to be His representatives. So, disguised as a beautiful serpent, Satan snuck up to Eve and lured her with his beauty and words. He challenged God’s truthfulness and His love. “God is not telling the truth,” he ridiculed. “If you eat the fruit, you won’t die! He’s trying to prevent you from being as wise as He is. Obviously He doesn’t really love you.”
Eve believed Satan’s lie. After all, the fruit was attractive, she needed something to eat, and who wouldn’t want to be as wise as God? Even though God had given her everything she needed, Eve wanted more. So she took a bite and offered it to her husband. He, too, believed Satan’s attractive lies.
Sure enough, just as Satan had promised, their eyes were opened to new experiences—they began to see things they had never even imagined. Do you remember the name of the tree that God had forbidden? It was “the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil” (see #2). Up until then, Adam and Eve had only experienced what “good” was. But suddenly they learned what “evil” was too, as they unleashed it into the world. For the first time they watched as hungry lions attacked grazing gazelles, thorns pierced their feet, and mosquitoes bit their arms. For the first time they felt fear and pain and regret. Nakedness no longer felt safe, so they clumsily covered themselves with fig leaves.
When God came to walk with them that evening, they hid from Him. He called out, “Where are you?” (Of course He knew—after all, He is God!) But He wanted them to realize how far their sin had separated them from Him. Instead of enjoying fellowship, they were now hiding from Him behind some trees.
Adam responded that they were afraid. They did not want God to see their nakedness. But who had told them they were naked? God certainly had not! They had been naked since the day He created them. God wanted them to acknowledge that they had listened to the wrong person.
When God asked what they had done, they immediately started playing “the blame game.” They blamed the serpent. They blamed each other. Adam even blamed God, because He had made Eve, and she was the one who had believed the snake! When they were finally willing to admit that they had each made a sinful choice, God initiated the process of redemption and restoration. It started with the shedding of blood as God killed an animal to make garments of skin to cover their nakedness.
Who are you listening to? There are really only two voices that fight for our attention: God’s and Satan’s. Satan often uses other people to make us think we deserve more than God has already given us. Then we feel guilty and find ourselves hiding from Him. We need to admit our sin and allow God to forgive us. Then we can enjoy letting Him take care of us again.