The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17 NASB
God told the man not to eat from the tree, (verses 21 and 22), then He formed Eve. This raises an interesting question, “Who changed God’s Word?” It also demonstrates what God said later in Scripture when He said not to add to His Word nor take away from it. (Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32, Proverbs 30:6, Revelation 22:18-19). Genesis 3:3 tells us Eve “added to” God’s word when she said they were not to touch the fruit. Reading the above scripture reveals that is not what God said.
The question now becomes, “Who told Eve not to eat from the tree?”
God told the man, Adam, not to eat before Eve was formed, therefore she must have been told after Adam was told. Was it Adam given the responsibility to instruct her about the tree? If so, did he add to what God said? If God told Eve it is quite unlikely He would have told her differently than He instructed Adam. No matter if God or Adam instructed her, if Eve added to God’s words when tempted by Satan, she was guilty of the sin. However, if Adam had the responsibility, the question becomes much different. Did the man add to what God said, or did Eve add to what Adam told her? If Adam added words then he becomes guilty of irresponsible teaching.
Most assume God told both of them at the same time; however, this does not appear likely. Scripture shows God had created only the man when He commanded him not to eat from the tree. (Gen. 2:16) It is quite possible that God gave Adam the responsibility of instructing Eve because He had created the man first.
Rather than trying to assign the blame to either Adam or Eve, perhaps it would be better to look at the danger of changing God’s word. When Eve changed what God had said it gave Satan maneuvering room and he took full advantage of it. He still uses the same tactics today, placing just enough truth in his lies to make them believable.
Third, she believed the lie. Three fatal mistakes, and sadly we still do that today..
Eve’s first mistake, she argued with Satan. That is always a mistake for he knows Scripture far better than we ever will, and he is a master of deceit. Claim the power of God and allow Him to argue with Satan for you, it then becomes a very short argument.
Second, she added to God’s command, but only slightly. She quoted God as saying, “You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.” (NASB) God never said, “do not touch it”, only not to eat it. Eve’s problem arose when God’s command was changed, not because of who she did or did not listen to.
Third, she believed Satan’s lie. He always puts enough truth in his lies to make them believable. Satan does not dress in a red suit with a pitchfork and a pointed tail; in fact, the Bible tells us he disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). The promise that she would “become like God” is the lie. The “truth” in the lie was that she would know “good and evil”. She did discover the difference but at the cost of her relationship with God. She did not die instantly, but death entered the world at that point.
Next issue: Adam blamed for Eve sin.
Contact Rev. Ernie Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-702-3132.