Succumbing to Temptation

succumbing temptation

d) Gen 3:6: Adam and Eve viewed the snake, a creature under their authority, as the paragon of wisdom (Gen 1:26–28). Folly drove their decision, for they had all good things they needed but wanted more (Gen 1:29–30).[1]

Consequently, Eve decided that the forbidden tree was like all others in Eden, good for food and a delight to the eyes (Gen 2:16–17).[2]

However, when she determined that the tree was “desirable in order to become wise,” covetousness arose in her heart.[3] Unaware of evil, Eve may have seen this as an opportunity to grow in god-likeness.[4]

Craving something she did not have,[5] Eve ignored God’s command in order to pursue aesthetic appearance, sensual desire, and convenience.[6]

Moses wrote, “And she took of its fruit, and she ate, and she gave [it] also to her husband [who was] with her, and he ate.”

The verb forms used here point to a chronological sequence of events, with each one representing the logical consequence of what preceded it.[7] This rapidly cascades to push the narrative forward.[8]

The text does not convey that Eve tempted Adam.

In addition, we do not know what type of fruit they ate. The notion of an apple comes from the Latin words for “apple” and “evil” sounding alike.[9]

 

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Read Gen 3:6.  What changes took place in Eve’s heart? How did Adam respond when his wife offered him forbidden fruit? Why do you think he did that? How do you respond to things which delight your eyes?

 

 

 

 

Go to Their Eyes Are Opened

 

[Related posts include Stewards of the Earth (Gen 1:26 cont.); Male and Female He Created Them (Gen 1:27); The Lord Provides Food (Gen 1:29–30); Forbidden Fruit (Gen 2:16–17); and  Author and Date of Genesis]

 

[Click here to go to Women and Marriage Throughout Redemptive History; or to Chapter 6: A Serpent in the Garden (Genesis 3:1–13)]

 

[1] Sailhamer, The Pentateuch as Narrative: A Biblical-Theological Commentary, 103.

[2] Wenham, Genesis 1–15, 75.

[3] Hamilton, The Book of Genesis, Chapters 1–17, 190.

[4] Bonhoeffer, Creation and Fall: A Theological Exposition of Genesis 1–3, 113.

[5] Hamilton, The Book of Genesis, Chapters 1–17, 190.

[6] Waltke and Fredricks, Genesis: A Commentary, 91.

[7] Gesenius, GKC, 328.

[8] Wenham, Genesis 1–15, 75.

[9] Hamilton, The Book of Genesis, Chapters 1–17, 191.