The eyes of both were opened

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. Genesis 3:6-7

Eve often gets a bum rap on the whole original sin thing. It is as though she went off by herself and got hoodwinked by Satan. Nothing could be further from the truth. Adam was there with her the whole time. Throughout the first five verses of genesis 3 the word “you” is plural in the original Hebrew. Those of us in the Southern US would have most likely used y’all or you-all to get across that Satan was talking to more than one person. And who was the only other person around, why that would be Adam.

God does not let Adam off the hook. In fact God holds Adam responsible for the first sin. We see this throughout the Bible when we read about our sin nature being handed down through Adam. Once again me, we are the ones God holds responsible for what happened in our family. Eve may have taken the first bite but Adam should have stopped her and if he couldn’t have stopped her he at the very least should have refrained. Adam did neither.

Just because it was Adam’s responsibility to have acted to keep God’s command does not let Eve off the hook. Eve was punished by God just as was Adam. And when it comes to the whole childbirth thing I think we guys got off light. I think most women would agree with me on this one. Maybe that was because she was the first to disobey but in any case whenever we choose to disobey God we should always expect some form of punishment.

Adam and Eve’s sin also changed them or at least their outlook. Suddenly they were aware that they had no cloths. They became ashamed of their nakedness and fashioned loincloths for themselves. Ever since we have been uncomfortable with our bodies. With their sin they lost their innocence. They would soon find out that they had lost so much more.

Have a blessed day,


About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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2 Responses to The eyes of both were opened

  1. Robin Claire says:

    Hi David,
    Great post!! You really got me to thinkin’ on this one.
    This is the way I see it. No one can really “make” someone follow them. Adam couldn’t “make” Eve follow him. I see Adam pleading with Eve; “Don’t eat the fruit, please don’t eat the fruit.” But she ignored him and did what she wanted to do. Then Adam ate the fruit because he couldn’t bear the idea of living without the love of his life. It’s not in the Bible this way, so – what do you think?
    love you,

    • dwwork says:

      Could be, but let’s not let Adam off too lightly. When we think about how many times we do things just because someone else we trust does them, Adam is no different.

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