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,