Click here for the reading: Genesis 3:1-21.
In the beginning all was well. Our Lord made everything good. Soon, the devil, that wily serpent, tempted Adam and Eve. God gave a simple command: “you shall not eat of this tree.” Eve, being tricked by the serpent, ate of it, and all creation fell into sin. Adam failed to rightly shepherd his family, failed to be a faithful leader, and thus all men are now subject to sin and death (Romans 5).
Satan likes to twist the word of God. He tricks Eve by saying “did God actually say?” This happens to us today. The devil would have you doubt the clear Word of God. The devil, like a good lawyer, would trap you in word-games, subtleties, and legalities. He does all he can to twist and distort the Word in order to bring about your destruction. He would have you disbelieve, dilute, and rationalize the Word away. He was victorious in his first effort to sway our parents.
Adam and Eve eat of the fruit and their eyes are opened. They feel their nakedness for the first time. They feel shame. God confronts them about this, and Adam reacts with fear, blame, and contempt. He no longer protects his wife, but seeks to place all blame on her (v. 12). Satan seeks to divide, and he succeeded in the Garden. He divided husband from wife, and thus sowed the seeds of discord in the first family of Creation. He has been doing the same ever since.
God curses the serpent to forever crawl upon his belly. He curses man that his work be a toil and curses woman that her travails in childbirth be greatly increased. He curses all to natural death as a consequence of that first sin. Yet our Lord is merciful to mankind. He Himself makes garments of animal skins to cover their nakedness. Our Lord would not leave our forefathers without hope. He gives them the Gospel promise, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” (v.15)
Mankind is the Jewel of Creation, and the devil would seek to tarnish our crown. Thanks be to God where Lucifer twists the Word, the Holy Spirit dwells to keep it forever in our hearts. Where Eve allowed the devil to twist the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ is present to keep it straight in our hearts minds.
Immediately after the Fall, our Lord preaches the Gospel. And even today we must be constantly reminded of it. When Satan cries “hath God indeed said?”, we proclaim all the more loudly “indeed He has!” He has prophesied His own coming and fulfilled it! He has redeemed His people from the curse of their sins! He has crushed the head of the serpent and put death to death!