In the Garden God gave Adam a command (law)… 16…
In the Garden God gave Adam a command (law)…
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
– Genesis 2:16-17 King James Version (KJV)
That command set the stage for the Serpent’s work in bringing about man’s fall.
7 Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, “You must not covet.” 8 But sin used this command to arouse all kinds of covetous desires within me! If there were no law, sin would not have that power. 9 At one time I lived without understanding the law. But when I learned the command not to covet, for instance, the power of sin came to life, 10 and I died. So I discovered that the law’s commands, which were supposed to bring life, brought spiritual death instead. 11 Sin took advantage of those commands and deceived me; it used the commands to kill me. 12 But still, the law itself is holy, and its commands are holy and right and good.
13 But how can that be? Did the law, which is good, cause my death? Of course not! Sin used what was good to bring about my condemnation to death. So we can see how terrible sin really is. It uses God’s good commands for its own evil purposes.
14 So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. 15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?
– Romans 7:7-24 New Living Translation (NLT)
People want what they can’t have.
The fall of man presents so many dynamics that need to be fully explored and understood.
For one, it seems that the Serpent plays a major role. And in seeking to understand the fall we must seek to understand the origin of the Serpent and its fall as well.
Whereas man has factors that led to his fall (the Serpent and Eve), what were the factors that led to the Serpent’s fall?
Of further consideration are the questions surrounding the set up placed before Adam, Eve, and the Serpent.
Would we ever place a chocolate cake and a gun before a very young child and say,
“Choose. You can eat the cake. But you must not pick up that shinny gun. It will kill you.”
In the mean time behind the scenes another older child known to be of malovolent leanings is allowed to interact with the young child.
Thoughts to think about.