So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
Through the ages, women have borne much ridicule when it comes to assigning blame for the sin in the garden. And while it is true that she was an unwitting accomplice in the Adversary’s scheme to bring about man’s downfall, the Bible clearly assigns the guilt and responsibility for this transgression upon the man. Paul told Timothy:
“For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.” (1 Timothy 2:13-14)
Put simply, the woman allowed herself to be deceived but the man knew what he was doing. The question is, “Why?” We know that the man was close by when the conversation occurred because the Bible says, “She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.” That has to mean he was overhearing at least a part of the dialogue that occurred between the serpent and his wife so why didn’t he say something to derail this?
It would seem that, before this conversation began, Adam had already failed in his duties. When God placed him in the garden, it was to work it and to guard it. We will assume that he paid close attention to the work he was charged with, however, considering that the Adversary gained access to midst of garden, we can conclude that Adam wasn’t as diligent to guard what had been entrusted to him.
The point is this: it is critical that we are diligent to obey ALL that the LORD has instructed us to do — we can’t do it halfway. Frankly, the Bible teaches us that with our Father, its all or nothing. We are to love Him with ALL our heart, soul and strength. We must endure TO THE END, not just to within sight of the end. So then, let us purpose within our hearts that we will be committed to doing everything that the Creator has given us to lest we leave an opportunity for the Adversary to creep in and sow seeds of deception in our lives.
Blessings and Shalom,