Rev. Ernie Johnson
November 7, 2013
Eve ate of the forbidden fruit then, gave it to Adam and he ate, why then does Adam get the blame for bringing sin into the world? I am sure many have asked that question and it is a good question. Does the Bible say Adam was at fault? Yes it does.
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned — NASB
The Bible states in several places that Adam was at fault, but how can that be true since Eve was the one that first ate the forbidden fruit? Hosea 6:7 tells us Adam transgressed the covenant, which essentially means to rebel against God’s law. Let us look at how Adam transgressed God’s law rather than Eve. There is more than one reason Adam may have been to blame for the sin, the first one is found in Genesis 3.
When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. NASB
Many think this passage shows that Adam was at his wife’s side when she ate, but is not necessarily the case. When you and your spouse go shopping, and are in the same store, you consider them to be “with” you even if they are at one end of the store and you are at the other. The term used may indicate only that Adam was in the garden, not actually at her side. This would have been a good reason for him not to stop her. There is another train of thought, hardly worth mentioning, that says since he was the head of the woman, he should have demanded her not to eat it. It matters not what he may have demanded or not demanded, if he was not with her, it was her decision, not his.
The reason Adam received the blame for the original sin is quite clear. God has said we are to listen to Him and follow His commands. We are not to add to them as we saw in the previous study, but to heed His commands. Many places in the Bible tell us what happened when people listened to someone other than God. Genesis 3 makes it clear why Adam was at fault.
Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, “You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life.” NASB
This shows that Adam listened to the voice of his wife rather than God. This is disobedience. The serpent deceived Eve; Adam freely made the choice to disobey what God had spoken to him directly. This left Adam without excuse; it was willful disobedience. Adam had talked with God personally, he knew who God was, and he knew what God had said yet he willfully disobeyed.
What happens if we disobey after coming to know Jesus? The Bible tells us plainly.
For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES. NASB
Contact Rev. Ernie Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.