The Choice

Eve made a choice to listen to the reasoning of the serpent. She wanted what was offered to her: the knowledge of God. The problem was that it was coming from an illegal source. It was always in God’s plan to give to man knowledge, but only in God’s timing. God knew that man was not mature enough to handle such knowledge and that man needed to develop in his relationship with his Creator and his God-given responsibilities. Eve took the bite and then she offered it to Adam.

Adam’s choice came from a different motivation. He was not deceived but chose the woman over God. God’s order had been defiled, man lost his standing before God, the woman lost her place with the man, and the serpent had usurped God’s authority and God’s set order of government. Something radical had to happen.

The Judgment

God came looking for Adam as was His custom. God’s desire was to fellowship with His wonderful creation of man that had been made in His image. He had begun a divine romance. It came from a love that was beyond even the comprehension of angels. Adam and Eve, when they heard the sound of God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. You can hear the concern in God’s voice when He called out to Adam saying, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9b NKJV). You know God already knew what had happened, but He gave Adam the opportunity to reveal himself and confess. Adam confessed that when he had heard God’s voice he was afraid because he was naked. God asked Adam, “who told you that you were naked. Have you eaten from the tree which I commanded you that you should not eat?” (Genesis 3:11 NKJV).

The blame game began as Adam said to God, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate. And the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’” (Genesis 3:12–13 NKJV). So God began the process of judgment, beginning with the serpent.

The serpent was cursed by God and enmity was placed between the serpent and the woman, and the serpent’s seed and her Seed. The ultimate battle would one day happen between the seed of the serpent and the Seed of the woman:

So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”