“Listen up men!”
First the reason for the alibi.
(Genesis 3:4-7 KJV) 4And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
Satan’s lies always try to get us to think we’re in charge and don’t need the One who created us. Notice Adam, who walked with God, sat passively by even though he had also known they shouldn’t eat the forbidden fruit.
(Genesis 3:8-10 WEB) 8And they heard the voice 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 amongst the trees of the garden. 9And the LORD God called to Adam, and said to him, Where [art] thou? 10And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden: and I was afraid, because I [was] naked; and I hid myself.
Why did nakedness become a problem? When Adam and Eve lost their innocence. Now we view the beauty God made in human beings becomes objects lustful sin. Believing Satan’s lies in one area of life condemns the whole body. Look at people with addictions or harmful mannerisms. It really affects every aspect of that person’s life.
Reconciliation or Condemnation
A question I sometimes contemplate is when a person for the first time sins, could he then repent and avoid sin after that, would he be cleansed of all unrighteousness? Sin of any nature needs to be addressed right away. If no confession is made, then sin will continue to be a growing influence in our lives.
(Genesis 3:11-12 WEB) 11And he said, Who told thee that thou [wast] naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, that thou shouldest not eat? 12And the man said, The woman, whom thou gavest [to be] with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.
Then Adam said the woman you gave to me and she gave me the forbidden fruit and I ate it. While Adam points to Eve as the culprit, he is shaking his fist at God. All Adam did each time he spoke, or failed to speak, was to dig a bigger hole for himself.
How many times did Adam sin and who did he blame? In this whole scenario one thing Adam did consistently was deflect any personal responsibility. In his mind Eve sinned and God messed up by created a being that sinned.
What did Adam not admit to?
- Sitting idled by, Adam didn’t inform Eve of Satan’s deceit, or stand up to Satan himself.
- Adam used fig leaves to cover up their nakedness and then hid. He did not take the opportunity to repent.
- Adam accused God for creating a life’s partner that was flawed. He did not see the flaws in his own life.
- Adam blamed Eve, even though he could have easily prevented Satan from deceiving Eve.
When I facilitated men at a Pro-Life Pregnancy Center I would ask them who “thou” referred to in verse 12. When they figured out it was God and not Eve, I would ask them if they thought Adam was too bold. The obvious answer was yes. I then asked them if the lack of accountability in Adam was similar to their own levels of accountability. The answer was also yes. The men I was referring to were men that were cohabitating or married men who had cohabitated before marriage.
Christian men did not exhibit the same characteristics. The Christian men were chaste before marriage and accepted personal accountability. They did not have the drama in their marriage like the couples who were living together. When men cherish their wives and take full responsibility for their own actions, they create a relationship of trust, joy, and hope.
Value of the Mirror
Per Jimmy Evans in his book “The Four Laws of Love” is the following quote in Chapter 6 “God’s Perfect Plan for Marriage” is the following quote. It sounds like a description of Adam.
“Passivity is the sin nature of men in marriage. In my experience, at least ninety-five percent of all marriage counseling is initiated by women. And the reason? When problems arise in marriage, most men ignore it and become passive towards their wives and the issues in their relationships. That just makes matters worse and makes wives feel insecure and unloved.
It’s when we’re able to look in the mirror and see a sinner saved by grace, that we can begin to accept responsibility, and be a husband and father that facilitates a loving family where everyone is appreciated, honest, and trusting.
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