“Christians can never sin cheaply; they pay a heavy price for iniquity. Transgression destroys peace of mind, obscures fellowship with Jesus, hinders prayer, brings darkness over the soul; therefore be not the serf and bondman of sin.”
– Charles Spurgeon
The Lord had just passed His judgment on the snake, and Adam and his wife were in terror. What will befall us now? What have we done? Was it even worth it? These questions must have been running through their minds as they watched the serpent’s judgment. And because sin was already in them, their guilt must have been warring with their pride (the rebellious nature of man).
Now, it was the woman’s turn;she being second in the transgression, was second to receive her judgement. So, The Lord passed His judgment. To the woman He said,I will greatly multiply your grief and your suffering in pregnancy and the pangs of childbearing; with spasms of distress you will bring forth children. The woman, of all creation is known to have the most pain when giving birth and the highest risk of death;but this is not the only pain a woman has faced. Before Christ came and redeemed us all, woman has gone through the most pain. In some cultures, the woman is viewed as no more than livestock. But thanks to the redemption, a woman in Christ has become the reflection of the redeemed church, that is the bride of Christ. Yet your desire and craving will be for your husband, and he will rule over you. The word desire as used in this verse, is the same one used in Genesis 4:7 when The Lord warns Cain before he killed his brother Abel: If you do well [believing Me and doing what is acceptable and pleasing to Me], will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well [but ignore My instruction], sin crouches at your door; its DESIRE is for you [to overpower you], but you must master it.” This kind of desire is the kind that wants to overpower, defeat and subdue. This is the kind of desire that wants to take over and destroy. So going back to Genesis 3:16, we can see the same meaning in the sinful desire of woman. when sin takes hold of her and gets the upper hand, she will desire man; to control and subdue him. Then, when sin takes hold of man, he will react in the same manner using strength to subdue and rule over woman. In the beginning God created man and woman in his own image(Genesis 1:27), meaning they were equal, but due to sin, this harmony was destroyed; but through Christ’s redemption all this was changed, (Galatians 3) 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
We can imagine while all of this is going on Adam is shaking. I wonder if at that moment the gravity of what he had done kicked in, or was it before; just after he ate the fruit. He had seen and heard the serpent’s punishment, then he heard the womans. He watched her sink to the ground as the weight of her sin weighed her down. The sadness in The Lords voice as He passed His judgment. The earth fading in colour and the other creatures having sensed the shift in the air running around in panic or hiding. Other animals watching from the shadows of the trees. Did he realise at that moment that their sin would affect the whole of creation?
Its Adam’s turn. Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, Adam chose the voice of his wife over the voice of The Lord. Even though he had personally been warned by The Lord Himself not to eat the fruit, he chose to be with the woman instead. A form of Idolatry, where he heeded the voice of his wife rather than the voice of The Lord. and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. Before the fall the earth was good, it produced good fruit, and was for man and woman to enjoy; but now, the ground is cursed, though it will remove good fruit, thorns and weeds will grow as well stronger and faster. Corrupting the goodness of creation and making it harder for man. Jesus used weeds and thorns to portray sin and its effect on mans faith and salvation. The plants that grow are a reflection of the sinful state of man and the constant war that is in man’s mind and soul. Sin is easy, and its momentary pleasures loud;like a weed it can quickly squeeze mans faith and what he hears from The Lord ;drying it out and taking all the nutrients. It is war; constant pruning, weeding, and watering to keep our faith healthy; the same way we care for our gardens.(Matthew 13).
In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, Adam worked before the curse, but it was a joyful job, but now, due to the cure it has pain and weariness imbedded in it; (Job 7:1-2)Is not man forced to labor on earth? And are not his days like the days of a hired man?“As a slave earnestly longs for the shade,And as a hired man eagerly awaits his wages. A constant struggle is part of work .
The final part of the curse is here. The wages of sin. The price you pay.for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.” The final part of the curse shows that there is an end to toil, but one of death. No redemption is mentioned. Oh how deep was Adam’s anguish when he realised what he had done? How low and small he felt when he heard those final words for dust you are, and to dust you shall return. It echoes in his heart, as he falls to the ground. But there is still hope. We serve a merciful God.
We are all children of God, a redeemed creation, blessed and highly favoured. Let us thank God for his bountiful mercies and grace. Thank Him for this day, for your life and thank Him for the greatest gift of all. Jesus Christ our redeemer.
TO BE CONTINUED