I learned something today I thought I would pass on. I was reading the temptation account in Genesis and read the (very helpful) notes at the bottom in my New Geneva Study Bible. When Eve allowed herself to be deceived by the serpent, she was allying herself to the devil. (Yikes! That’s what we do whenever we give way to sin.) But when God spoke the curses, He established enmity between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman, thus reestablishing Eve’s loyalty to Him. “God graciously converts the depraved woman’s affections from Satan to Himself” (p. 14, note to Genesis 3:15). She is no longer allied to Satan, but to her Father in Heaven. God used the curse itself to bring Eve back on to the right side.
Some more good stuff from the note on Genesis 3:2-5: “The serpent tempts Eve by emphasizing God’s prohibition, not provision; reducing God’s command to a question; casting doubt upon God’s sincerity and defaming His motives; and denying the truthfulness of His threat. The woman gradually yields to Satan’s denials and half-truths by disparaging her privileges in adding to the prohibition (‘nor shall you touch it,’ v. 3) and minimizing the threat (v. 6).”
Okay, did you get that? I especially appreciated the first point. Don’t we often emphasize all the things we can’t do and forget all the blessings and freedoms we have in Christ? Eve had all the garden. Imagine! But she was tempted and deceived into thinking that God was a kill-joy. Of all things! In the midst of amazing, shocking, opulent abundance, she believed that God was short-changing her.
Don’t we sometimes attribute bad motives to God, assuming that “rules” just keep us from having fun? And we even re-word His commandments and blow off His threats, assuming that He will bless us no matter what. That’s how our mother Eve fell.
Good stuff for meditation.
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Yes, very good! Thank you so much for the additional insight. – I was just reading Genesis 3 to Sophia and Isabella yesterday during school. From their perspective it seems simple: Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they believed and obeyed Satan instead of God, therefore God gave them consequences for their disobedience. To a 7 year old, the big people deserved the consequences. Yet – to many adults, their own “sin” should simply be forgiven, without any serious consequences.
When Sophia was about 4 and learning her children’s catechism, I asked her one of the questions, “Did Adam keep the covenant of life?” After learning the answer, (No, he sinned against God.) she said firmly, “Someone needs to spank Adam!”
Emphasizing God’s prohibition, not provision. That is good to meditate on how to get those straightened out right.
Slightly different question, but does anyone know if those New Geneva Study Bible’s are still in print anywhere? I’d like to get one.
Great insight, thanks for sharing this! I’m looking forward to revisiting this passage with my girls with this view in mind. Many blessings you lovely femina girls.
Speaking of the word femina, I have to giggle at how when I google “femina,” your blog comes up surrounded by so many feminist websites & blogs. Oh to be a fly on a wall in the homes of liberal chicks who stumble accidentally onto this little treasure!
Good stuff, indeed! Thanks, Nancy!
I’m reading AW Pink’s _The Total Depravity of Man_ and so far can’t recommend it enough. Though Pink gets confused over man’s will before the fall, and a few other arguments aren’t convincing, the work as a whole has proved highly insightful on the fall narrative.