Saturday Sisters: Eve

  He was lonely.  And she was the perfect partner.

  The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend
 and watch over it. . . . 
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. 
I will make a helper who is just right for him.” So the Lord God 
formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds
(and). . . . He brought them to the man . . .But still there was no
 helper just right for him.
So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While 
the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and 
closed up the opening. Then the Lord God made a woman
from the rib, and he brought her to the man.
     “At last!” the man exclaimed.
          “This one is bone from my bone,
         and flesh from my flesh!
     She will be called ‘woman,’
         because she was taken from ‘man.’”
                    Genesis 2:15-23 NLT

Alike and Different; Livin' with the Rule

  the best and worst things about our lives together  ------
  And they had a life with only one rule.  No W4s, mow the grass, pay the rent, just,  
           . . .  the Lord God warned him, 
             “You may freely eat the fruit of 
             every tree in the garden— except 
             the tree of the knowledge of good 
             and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are 
             sure to die.” (Gen. 2:16)
  Warned "him"? Not "them"? 

A Snake & Some Fruit

  When that snake came, Adam & Eve had wandered apart, or both forgotten The Rule  At any rate, Adam doesn't seem to have anything to say at this point.   
  The snake asked a question, and Eve was quick to assure him he was mistaken.
  Of course they could eat from every tree in the  garden, all except that one anyway.  That one, they weren't even supposed to touch.
  Where did that come from?

Adding to God's Word?

As far as we can tell, God gave The Rule to Adam only.  Eve hadn't yet been created when it was given.  So she must have learned it from him.
  Is it a parent thing?  If you don't go near the street, you won't get run over.  If you don't touch the hot stove, you won't get burned.
  Maybe that's not how this happened.  It's a reasonable possibility.
  But the snake had Eve doubting part of God's word.  Doubting the rest was easier.

Adam's part

  Adam doesn't show up very well in the rest of the story.  He's scared, and very willing for his wife to take the blame for having disobeyed.
  The crisis was past.
  When Eve presented him with that fruit, Adam likely remembered very well exactly what The Rule was.
  Maybe he didn't comprehend much or even anything about this "die," but he knew Eve.
  He knew that she was going to die, and he wasn't.
  He chose to die with Eve rather than live with God.
  Later, choice made, he tried to wiggle out of it.  A lot of people would. 

Adam's Sin Or Eve's Sin?

  It's been said that Eve brought sin into the world.  But, like many things, there is blame enough to go around.  Scripture lays the blame squarely on Adam elsewhere (Rom. 5:12–19; 1 Cor. 15:21, 22).
  But the point isn't about blame.
  Eve believed a lie.  Adam was wrong, but he loved her enough to suffer the curse for her sake.
  And God is bringing good, redemption, out of it.

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