We left off with Satan trying to tempt Eve into wanting to be like God. The Bible says we are tempted by things our hearts are already longing after (James 1:14). Satan suggests to Eve that the fruit looks awfully good and tells her it will teach her to know good and evil. Eve doesn’t know God’s commandment very well for herself and misquotes God. God had said if she ate it, she would die. Eve says that if she touches the fruit, she will die.
Satan assures her she won’t. Eve holds the fruit in her hand and is maybe emboldened by the fact she hadn’t died, or maybe she doesn’t even know what death is. She thinks it looks good to eat and likes the idea of becoming wise. She takes the bite. She introduces sin into the human race.
Sin destroyed the perfect world. Seemingly instantly, the sin starts to multiply. Adam joins Eve in eating the fruit. They have their eyes opened and realize they are naked and use fig leaves to cover themselves.
If you found yourself naked suddenly, wouldn’t you grab the nearest thing to cover yourself? Maybe a fig was the forbidden fruit. Maybe Jesus cursed the fig tree because it was man’s first way he tried to deal with his sin apart from God’s saving grace.
God confronts them over their sin. Adam blames Eve. Eve blames the devil. Sin is something we all have to confront in our lives. Blaming anything other than our sinful hearts is a losing battle. It traps Adam and Eve in a lifetime of sin and separation from God.
We don’t cover up our sin, our shame, our nakedness. We confess. We expose our hearts to God and ask Him to wash us clean. 1 John 1:9 tells us that if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us and clean us from all our unrighteousness, to wash away our sin and make it as if it never happened.
When we are clean from our sin, we get to live like Adam and Eve did before they sinned. We get to live hand in hand with God as our friend.