Adam and Eve, the first love story.
Imagine a garden of perfection, no death, no disease, no pain. Only bliss. A young couple made for each other, bound to rule the world.
There were very few rules, really only one. There was one tree from which they could not eat. God said not to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge, He did not say do not touch it.
In the Bible we find, ” Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, “Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”
Then came the first lie. And the serpent said unto the woman, “Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
It goes on to say, “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
Why did Adam eat too? He didn’t have to.
Eve had already eaten first, Adam could have refused, not sinned against God, and gone on to live for ever.
But, he ate. because he loved her. He knew there would be repercussions. He knew there would be consequences. And even though he didn’t know what, he ate anyway.
He didn’t want to see Eve to suffer alone because he loved her. He knew that if he ate as well, he’d be like her, sinful, defiant, in need of God.
The story goes on to tell us … “the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.”
Then the consequence came. “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day; and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.”
Imagine, hiding from God.
Of course, God knew, but He asked anyway, He said, “Adam, where art thou?”
Adam in his shame replied, “I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
God, again already knowing, asked him who told him he was naked and if he’d eaten from the fateful forbidden fruit.
Adam, being the stand UP guy he was blamed it on Eve. He said, “The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.”
And Eve blamed the serpent. “The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”
You know the rest of the story, the serpent was cursed above all other beasts, made to crawl, and became a terribly unpopular critter.
Adam had to work for a living because God put a curse on the earth, and Eve was punished with painful childbearing.
Until that fateful moment, the moment of sin, there were no thorns, no weeds, no pain, no death, and no sorrow.
And the couple was turned out of the beautiful garden into a world they had never known.
But, the story doesn’t end there. Adam loved Eve, they did as God said and were fruitful. They had a family, a very dysfunctional one.
And of course, along with the curse, God gave a promise of a savior, a child who would die for the world and bring salvation.
A failure, a curse, and a promise of redemption.
All because a man loved a woman so much he could not bear to see her face God alone.
It was love in the beginning.