“When Satan cannot get a great sin in he will let a little one in, like the thief who goes and finds shutters all coated with iron and bolted inside. At last he sees a little window in a chamber. He cannot get in, so he puts a little boy in, that he may go round and open the back door. So the devil has always his little sins to carry about with him to go and open back doors for him, and we let one in and say, ‘O, it is only a little one.’ Yes, but how that little one becomes the ruin of the entire man!” -Charles Spurgeon
Recap: Adam and his wife have fallen into chaos and are hiding from The Lord.
For some reason they thought that it was possible to hide from The Lord. This, it seems is a very common reaction when you have done something bad and feel guilty. Children tend to hide when they do something bad. We adults also run and hide when faced by guilt. Well,we know where we inherited that from. The first people to run and hide after disobedience.
And they heard the sound 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 among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” This statement is so casual. The Lord was walking in the garden and looking for Adam and his wife. It’s like they used to hangout every afternoon, and today The Lord had come for the usual hang out. The bible very clearly says, no man has ever seen the face of God, the King of kings, Lord of lords HE dwells in unapproachable light (1 Timothy 6:16, John 1:18). So, it is safe to assume that this is the person of Jesus Christ the son of God, way before HE came to earth as man (John 1:1-18). So, The Lord asked, “Where are you?” And Adam said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” The Lord already knew this, but He was giving man a chance to repent. so The Lord said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” What did Adam do after this? He did what most of us would do, he shifted blame to his wife and inadvertently to God. Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” Notice, that this whole time, The Lord has not addressed the woman, that is because as the husband Adam is the head and the problem here. The Lord then turns to the woman and asks, “What is this you have done?” HE gave them both a chance to repent and none of then took the chance, they were both trying to escape the disobedience, instead of kneeling humbly at HIS feet and asking for forgiveness. Child of God, accept you have done wrong and with your whole heart ask for forgiveness; then after the forgiveness that is guaranteed through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, go and sin no more. So, the woman replied, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” The woman does not shift blame she speaks the truth because the serpent did deceive her and she did eat. But what is wrong here is that being deceived is also a sin. Taking a lie over the truth of The Lord is a sin (Romans 1:25)
The Lord starts with the serpent; So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. So, the snake had limbs. The Lord did not ask the serpent any questions, because the devil who was animating the serpent had nothing to learn. HE begins with cursing the animal, it lost its limbs. Imagine the terror Adam and his wife felt when they saw this happen, they must have obviously thought, we are next. The serpent who was once a beautiful creation of God had now turned into a creepy slithering creature. you shall eat dust all the days of your life. This is for the animal as well as satan. To eat dust means to be totally defeated, to always be behind. God’s judgement on satan, is that he will always know defeat. he will try to reach for victory but always fall short. When Jesus Christ was on the cross, satan thought he had won, but by attack Jesus Christ, he made his own downfall and doom certain. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” This curse is for satan, when we are born, we are born rebellious, but also wary of satan. Man has to self-consciously harden his hard and willingly follow satan. Naturally we don’t serve God or satan we serve ourselves and satan is ok with that, meaning we indirectly serve satan while we selfishly serve ourselves. He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel. Here in the very beginning of sin, our merciful, kind, loving, gracious and mighty God made the promise of redemption. The seed of woman(virgin birth) will give a fatal (deathly, mortal) blow to the devil and only HIS heel will be bruised; that is the closest he would ever get to Jesus Christ,the wounded victor. This is known as the protoevangelium, the first gospel. The Lord saw the doom of satan at satan’s first flush of victory meaning, The Lord knew what he was doing all along. Adam and his wife’s sin did not come as surprise to The Lord. The Lord wanted more than innocent man in the garden, HE wanted a redeemed man. To bring forth the redeemed man, whose full faith and confidence lies in The Lord God, our King and Master. Our Saviour, Redeemer and Friend. The redeemed man is greater than the innocent man, and this is possible because he is redeemed from sin.
The man and the woman cowering in fear, awaited their judgement.
To Be Continued….