My brother Chris and I have a Bible Study group on Facebook called the Barnette Bros Bible Study. Last week Chris was asking what the correlation between sin and illness was. To answer that question I was reading about the fall of humanity in Genesis 2 and 3. Reading the story of Eve giving into the serpent’s temptation I realized that Eve was pretty in tune with what God had spoken about eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
It’s pretty wild if you track through Genesis you find that God created Adam in Gen 2:7, and spoke the warning about the forbidden tree in Gen 2:16-17 before Eve was even created in Gen 2:20-23. Yet, when the serpent tempts Eve in Gen 3:2-3 she quotes God’s warning directly to the devil.
Genesis 3:2-3 (ESV)
2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
And even under the threat of death (did you catch that, God said that if they ate the forbidden fruit that they would die, the inference being that if they did not eat they would not have died),
…Eve ate the apple.
Pretty scary stuff to think that you can know what you should do and know everything “good” and “right” and still end up with a death sentence.
How about you? Do you think about dying when you sin?
Grace and Peace.