Sunday, September 18, 2011


   In PT 7 of this post three questions were asked;
  • Was Adam with Eve when she conversed with the serpent?
  • Was he with Eve when she ate the fruit
  • Or did he come to Eve after she ate the fruit?
and the first question was answered with "NO". Now let us look at the other two questions;
  • Was he with Eve when she ate the fruit
  • Or did he come to Eve after she ate the fruit?
The answer to both of these is unclear.  We do know that Adam did join Eve at some point as scripture plainly states;
"...She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate." (Genesis 3:6c/NKJV)
    While it is possible that Adam originally tried to stop Eve from eating the forbidden fruit (if he was with her at that point) and he may have originally rejected it, inevitably he chose to listen to Eve rather then God (Genesis 3:17).  In either case it is obvious that he was offered the fruit not long after Eves conversation with the serpent/Satan and chose to disobey God.
   In essence Adam was not doing what he was supposed to so Eve took the lead, or Eve simply followed Adams (lack of) lead*, i.e. Eve did not follow God (sinned) because Adam did not follow God.  However, we are all responsible for our own relationship with God. While 1 Timothy 2:13-14, does show the circumstances leading to her disobedience and those of Adam are somewhat different, and Eve was simply "following" Adams lead this does not negate the fact that Eve sinned as 1 Timothy 2:14 plainly states that she "fell into transgression", i.e. Eve sinned.  Lastly, as stated before, Eves actions demonstrate the condition of her relationship with God and Adam and the condition of Adam's relationship with God.  So, again all roads lead to Adam.

*NOTE; Matthew Henry's commentary - "Adam laid the blame on his wife; but though it was her fault to persuade him to eat the forbidden fruit, it was his fault to hearken to her." (Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary of the Bible)

"Simul iustus et peccator"*
*Martin Luther

Images sources;
Creation of Adam
Dead End Sign
Skull and Crossbones

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