Sunday, May 15, 2011


"Ave Christus, morituri te salutamus!"

"Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, 'Indeed, has God said, "You shall not eat from any tree of the garden"?' The woman said to the serpent, 'From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, "You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die." ' " Genesis 3:1-3/NASB

So why did Eve misquote God?
Was it deliberate as was briefly discussed in the first part of this post? Or was it one of the other three reasons listed below;
Was she simply repeating what was given to her second hand?
Was she simply "interpreting" what God had said?
Or did she not accurately remember what was said?

If it is the case of the second question;
"Was she simply repeating what was given to her second hand?"
then there are multiple problems - 1. her source (Adam) added to God's words which brings consequences and/or judgement (see preceding post), 2. her source, Adam, fails as the head of the home/spiritual leader and her protection/covering (this is the biblical order of the family*), 3. this is a consequence of Adam not following and 4. all of this reflects on Adam's relationship with God.

Let us look at the last issue first - Adam's relationship with God - as this is the root of all the other problems, i.e. not following = not protecting/covering = not leading = misrepresenting God and His word.  First note that if Adam's relationship with God was beginning to become less then it should this would not be because of God as man has a tendency to wander;

"Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." (Genesis 6:5/NASB)

"...for the intent of man's heart is evil from his youth;..." (Genesis 8:21c/NASB)

"All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way;..." (Isaiah 53:6a/NASB)

See also - Jeremiah 17:9 & Romans 1:21-23 

While God has always been the one that reaches out to man.  He has always been the one to initiate and to save man - note later in Genesis chapter 6, the chapter preceding Genesis 8 and the second half of the verse in Isaiah;

"Then God said to Noah,...'Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch.' " (Genesis 6:13a, 14/NASB)

" God said, 'This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations; I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh.' " (Genesis 9:12-15/NASB)

"...but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him." (Isaiah 53:6b/NASB)

See also Jeremiah 17:10, 24, 25 & Romans 1: 19-20 

If Adam did repeat God's command and added to it then his relationship with God was not what it should have been, and if his relationship with God was not as it should be this is an issue with Adam and not God.

*NOTE; God has given all men/males the role of leader and protector.  In other words; by virtue of our gender God has given us these roles.  We are required to be leaders and protectors.  It was/is how God order(s) male/female relationships, marriage, fatherhood and society .  More on the roles of males and females will be briefly discussed in later posts.

"Simul iustus et peccator"*
*Martin Luther

image source;
original art by Kimberly Crick

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