The following is an excerpt from Marriage God’s Way by Scott LaPierre. I have invited him to write some guest posts discussing the consequences of the Fall for husbands and wives. First, we’ll discuss how the Fall took place! Although God commanded Adam, the Devil tempted Eve.
Genesis 3:1–4 says:
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “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.’” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.”
Notice an important contrast between the Creation account in Genesis 2 and the Fall in Genesis 3:
- In Genesis 2:16, “the Lord God commanded the man.”
- In Genesis 3:1 and 4, “[the serpent] said to the woman.”
God spoke to Adam, but the devil spoke to Eve. Why? God created Eve to be Adam’s helper, but he quickly tried to twist that relationship. Mankind’s first temptation involved the devil’s attack on Adam’s headship in his relationship with Eve.
When the devil tempted Eve, she had two choices:
- She could trust her husband who had given her God’s command, thereby submitting to him.
- She could trust the devil, submitting instead to him.