What Were They Thinking?

The Bible tells us that Adam and Eve originally dwelt in the Garden of Eden. The word “Eden” means “delight.” So they dwelt in the “Garden of Delight.” According to the Bible’s description of the garden, it truly was delightful.

And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.  And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” ~ Genesis 2:9, 15-17 

When they were first in the garden, Adam and Eve were in a state of innocence and had the freedom to enjoy all that was placed before them. God placed just one restriction on them: God said in Genesis 2:17, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” It is important to note that God does not say that the tree was good and evil, but that it was the tree of the “knowledge” of good and evil. When God created us, He gave us free will. To do otherwise would have been to make us puppets. Along with this free will, God has allowed us to make our own choices, right or wrong. If He had pressured us or used force to have us do His will, it would no longer be free will. Trouble soon set in.

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.  “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. ~ Genesis 3:1-6

At first glance, Adam and Eve’s action doesn’t seem like a very serious sin. They took a bite of some forbidden fruit. But in the eyes of God, it was very serious indeed. God had shown Adam and Eve His perfect love. He had shown them that He was there to provide for their every need, and that He would only do what was best for them. But in their self-centeredness, they chose, of their own free will, to follow Satan’s temptations and lies instead of obeying God. Jesus speaking of Satan said,

He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. ~ John 8:44

It is the same today as it was in the time of Adam and Eve. God loves us perfectly and desires what is best for us. Satan is the father of lies and tries to tempt us to follow our own selfish will instead of God’s perfect will for our lives. After Eve fell into sin, she enticed Adam to join her and she did.

Have a discussion with your spouse about how easy it is for each of you to follow your own wills over the will of the Father. Discuss the importance of holding one another lovingly accountable. Make a pact to respectfully call each other out if you see that your spouse is falling into temptation.