8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” 11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” 12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring[a] and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” 16 To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” 17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” 20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living. 21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
This passage of Scripture outlines the consequences of sin for mankind. Sin entering the world changed everything particularly the relationship between God and man.
Reading this passage is a healthy reminder to never take sin lightly. Christians have their relationship with God restored through the death and resurrection of Jesus. When believers fall short or sin we can seek forgiveness and God is faithful to grant it, nevertheless it is worth understanding what sin does.
- It instantly creates distance between God and man. We don’t want to be seen let alone communicate!
- Fear enters – “I was afraid” A new experience for Adam and Eve. There had been no fear until this point.
- Deception also enters. Eve believed the serpent over God. She was tricked!
- Shame – Adam and Eve instantly felt the need to cover up. Their innocence was lost.
It is also a good lesson in confessing sin to God sooner rather than later so the above can be reversed and look something like this:
- Distant from God to close to God;
- Fear turns to faith;
- Deception becomes truth and
- Shame becomes freedom
Dear Lord, thank you for sending your son Jesus to die on the cross so that our sins can be forgiven and our relationship restored.
Written by Ps. Ainslie Woods