Vol. II Number 18 May 17, 1998
Every one knows the story of Adam and Eve in the garden. We know of their fall and eventual dismissal from the garden. But a topic that is rarely discussed is the loving relationship between Adam and Eve. Where was Adam when Eve was tempted. Was he in some other part of the garden, or was he with Eve hearing the argument of the Devil. Was his love for Eve so strong that he was blinded by it; not realizing that his own demise was a stake. Could Adam have told Eve that it was time to leave this discourse and go about tending the garden.
I am under the assumption that Adam was so close to his Wife Eve that he was continually by her side. As the Bible states that he cleaved to his wife. The Dictionary defines cleave as 1 To stick fast; adhere 2To be faithful with, to. Adam adhered to his wife. He stuck to her like glue. There was no separating them. This devotion and attention lead to Adam's fall from grace, for he was blinded by his love and devotion to Eve.
20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Look at how Adam looks upon his wife when they first meet and exclaims, ``This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh.'' His deep and impenetrable love for his wife was to his detriment. There is a saying that you can love someone too much. This is what Adam's relation to his wife was. He loved Eve too much. In his love and devotion to his wife, he failed both her and himself. He was there when the tempter came and started his demonic discourse with Eve. The Bible tells us that Adam was not deceived. Could he have heard this very discourse in the past? Could Adam have known that Satan was going to entice her to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge? Why didn't Adam tell Eve to leave this demonic discourse? Didn't he see that he was there to protect his wife from the evil discourse and temptations of the tempter?
1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Notice how Satan addresses only Eve and not Adam this time around. Satan is the master deceiver, for he was able to deceive one third of the angles in heaven into joining forces with him. Satan already had plenty of experience deceiving those who already saw the glories of heaven. How much of a defeat was it for him to lose his discourse with Adam? Satan is a master in casting doubt on what God really meant. Satan is a master in making you question the precepts of the Bible. Satan will use those whom you love to cause you to fall. Adam was so close to his wife that when he saw that she didn't die from the fruit, he also took and ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge. At that moment, both of their eyes were open and they tried to hide their sin.
Satan is continually seeking to devour everyone that is the least bit susceptible to his wicked desires.
1 Peter 5:8
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
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