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Why Do We Call the First Sin ‘Adam’s Fall’

When Eve took the first bite?

In Adam’s Fall 
We Sinned all. — Benjamin Harris in The New England Primer c. 1688

A long story

Genesis means “beginning”. God is love. All Creation began with God, with love.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

Love created the heavens and the earth and everything in it. As an expression of love, He created it awe-strikingly beautiful; even today, the creation is beautiful. Then God, the fount of all love, called it “good”.

At some point, He stopped creating with His Word and began forming. One thing He formed was a man. 

Let Us make man … let them have dominion … God created man … He created him; male and female He created them … (Genesis 1:26–27)

Notice the wording of the introduction to man: 
First, it’s “man” and then it’s “them”. 
Then “man” and “him”; and then “male and female” and finally, “them”, again. 
I’m sure God was not confused, but what He did that day was so huge, it is impossible to state it clearly with our words. 

From dust, to Garden

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7)

So, the first chapter of Genesis gives the chronology of the creation account; the second chapter goes into detail about how this “him and them, male and female” entity came into being. God formed, breathed, and life happened. Still only a “him”, right? Right. Just one embodiment. Only. 

This man, this Adam, had a job to do, ruling and caring for all Creation. God showed him a garden He’d planted and put Adam into it to take care of it. It was full of beautiful and fruitful trees, including the two famous trees of Life, and of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

It is at this exact point, that God commands Adam not to eat of the latter. 

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:16–17)

Enter, the animals

And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” […] the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. (Genesis 2:18–20)

First, He said it’s not good for the man to be alone. God did not say Adam was lonely. There were untold numbers of animals, but Adam, alone, was human. This human, alone, was a single entity. Alone, not lonely, but still, not a good thing. 

God is no waster of words and does all things for a reason

So God brought every type of animal into the garden for Adam to name, over and over. Adam, incredibly brilliant to think of names for them all, surely noticed each animal consisted of two types, one male and one female. 

And God does all things for some form of good. (See Romans 8:28) And He is love. 

Looking around

But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. (Genesis 2:20)

Look at the wording: not found

For something to be “not found” someone has to be looking for it or missing it. God, being all-knowing, was not puzzled about where this helper was; no, Adam was the one looking for his “other”, and not finding anyone comparable. It was Adam — and Adam, alone — who was seeking.

He’d awakened to find himself surrounded by beauty, to God lovingly showing him the incredibly beautiful garden filled with animals, all having pairs.

And the pair for him, he wasn’t seeing. But he was looking. 

And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. (Genesis 2:21–22)

When Adam awoke, He was so wowed. He expressed his words for her: “bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh”. Then he gave her his name: Ishshah, meaning: “woman”, a name built upon the word ish, meaning “man”.

And yes, at last, he was no longer alone, no longer a single entity. He’d been subdivided, turned into two, yet of the same one. 

On and on

We all know that feeling of being the only one, looking around, and seeing someone we can relate to. It is such a relief not to be alone, isn’t it? It was for Adam, too. He was no longer just a man; there was a woman, too. 

At that point, God instituted marriage, at that exact moment. As soon as Adam saw Eve, and gave her his name, God said:

Therefore, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24) 

“Therefore” indicates the reason for what precedes. In this case, it could be referring only to the building of Eve. Or it might refer to the whole of Creation. 

The point of all that happened in the first few moments of God’s newly created world, was to begin expressing His love, through the divine gift of marriage, which can rise to the ultimate expression of our love for each other. 

Photo by Nivedh P on Unsplash

At this point, the sinless couple is occupied exploring their new life in the garden. They’re obviously near the center of the garden when Satan, in the form of a snake, appears to them and speaks to Eve:

“Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1)

Remember, starting out, Eve was not there to hear the rules of the garden, while Adam was. She answers the enemy:

“We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” (Genesis 3:2–3)

“The Fall” began with the enemy ridiculing God’s rules and Eve talking about the rules. “Is your God so mean, He’s put you in an orchard and forbidden you to eat of it?” Calling God to account through her, who heard the rules from her husband, is one of our enemy’s favorite moves. He checks us to see where we are with God and our loyalties.

Her answer shows her confusion. Maybe Adam told her not to touch it, of course not a bad idea. “Leave it alone; don’t even touch it, Eve. We have fruit already. Besides, God said….” 

She may have thought Adam’s rule was part of God’s rule. Maybe she added words dropped into her mind by the enemy. Either way, she was confused. How do I know? I know she was mixed up because the Apostle Paul said so:

But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:3)

So Eve was deceived when she took that bite. Where was Adam? 

He was right there. 

[…] she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. (Genesis 3:6)

“With her” it says. He was right there with her. Watching. Waiting. He had the rule, straight from the mouth of God. She was looking, smelling, touching. Nothing. She draws it to her mouth. Nothing. She takes a bite. Nothing at all. Nothing. 

Nothing happened when Eve took her bite.

God said death, but nothing was happening. Was Adam waiting to see if God was right? Was he using Eve as a litmus test against God? Was he just caught up in the excitement of the moment? We’ll never know. But we do know he did nothing to save her or protect her from herself. 

He could have said, “Eve! What are you doing? Put that down!” Instead, he joined her. He could have stopped her. He could have pled to God for her. He could have died for her.

But he did not.

Instead, Adam ate. 

And only then were their eyes opened. 


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AuthorKatharine Trauger | BCWorldview.org

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