And 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 (Genesis 3:6).
At first glance it appears that Adam and Eves sin was a rather abrupt, impetuous act of disobedience. But as one reflects on the specifics of this narration, a pattern becomes clear. Lets contemplate the steps that led to this first sin. Heeding the voice of the tempter. Unlike the Lords response of Get thee hence, Satan (Matthew 4:10), Eve begins a dialogue with Satan (v.1). No matter how strong we flatter ourselves as being, we are no match for the devil. Tampering with the word of God. Eve allowed Satan to question Gods command by adding to its restrictiveness and minimizing its severity. Failing to stand for Gods character. Eve stood by as the devil impugned Gods motives and goodness (v.5). If we do not stand up for God, we will find it is easier to disobey him. Looking in lust. Our text highlights the contemplative thought that precedes the act of transgression. Christ warns That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart (Matthew 5:28). Disobeying Gods directive. Once Eve had started down the path of doubting Gods word, the final act was virtually certain. Seducing others to sin. Satan was quick to employ Eve in the tempting of Adam to disobey God.
This same progression towards sin can be seen in our own failures. We would do well to guard our hearts, shunning the steps down the slippery slope towards sin! DW