"She Did Eat"

J. D. Conley
December 14, 2014

Three short words. Yet, sadder words have never been recorded than these. But not only did Eve the first woman partake of the forbidden fruit, the Bible states in the same verse, "...and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat" (Gen.3:6). With this unlawful ingestion of fruit, "...sin entered the world, and death by sin" (Rom.5:12). What a vastly different world this would be had Eve not eaten of that fruit!

It is astounding that while living in a "...garden eastward in Eden" (Gen.2:8), which the Lord Himself planted and deposited Adam, that sin would have a chance of being committed, and yet it was. In fact, the second sin was right on the heels of the first. The question then begs, "Why would Eve and her husband, having been clearly warned by God not to eat of this one tree, do so?" Why would they jeopardize their idyllic home, their relationship with God, and their soul for a taste of fruit? That infamous bite was taken for more reasons than the satisfaction of curiosity.

Eve was tempted. She was persuaded by the serpent. She was lied to by Satan the snake. She listened to his lies and believed them. She began to see the tree in a different way than ever before. It appeared to her to be beneficial, rather than deadly. The record states that both trees: the tree of life, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, grew "in the midst of the garden"(Gen.2:9, 3:3). This means its possible that these trees grew side by side. Whether that is the case or not, both Adam and Eve were confronted with the choice every morning at breakfast, to eat, or not to eat, of the forbidden fruit. We think, "How could she?"

And yet, we find ourselves tainted with sin having surrendered to Satan many times during our lifetime. We too, have been hoodwinked by the same avenues of sin Eve was when, "she did eat." (cf. 1Jn.2:16). We have "all sinned," (Rom.3:23; 1Jn.1:8-10). Are we any better than Eve was when, "she did eat?"

How marvelous to know our sins have been washed away by the blood of Christ. How eternally grateful we ought to be for the forgiveness of our sins. Because just like Eve, even in the midst of supernal blessings, and loving warnings, we have still sinned. But why? Like Eve, why would we jeopardize our idyllic home in Heaven? Our unique relationship with God the Father? The salvation of our soul? For the same foolish reasons she did, when "she did eat." (1 Jn.2:16).

"Lest Satan should set an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices"
(2Cor.2:11).