“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
Genesis 3:4-6 (NIV)
It’s Sunday morning, and I have been gone for too long, so let’s get right into it. This poem is entitled “The Fall,” and it’s performed by Preston Perry and Jackie Hill Perry. This is an awesome, poetic retelling of Genesis chapter three, and if you get the chance, you should go back and read the full chapter. Ignore all those people who say the Old Testament isn’t important anymore, because there are lessons that you can learn even today from this classic story of original sin and the fall of man.
Lesson 1: Stop Listening to Everybody
After Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, they realized they were naked and hid from God. When they told Him this, His first question was, “Who told you that you were naked?” (v.11). God know they had been talking to someone they had no business talking to, and because they listened to that fool snake, they cursed themselves. People, we have to remember to close our ears when we hear BS. I worry for my brother everyday because he watches too many crazy videos on the internet and believes every one of them. The latest video told him that the Bible was plagiarized because different translations said different things, and he was ready to throw out every NIV Bible in the house, because he believed they were wrong. Listen, the thief cometh not but to steal, kill, and destroy, but Jesus came so that you might have life and that you might have it more abundantly (John 10:10), but here my brother is, ready to throw out the Word of God, because someone who doesn’t even know what the word “plagiarized” (or “translation” for that matter) means, told him that it was wrong. Jesus said to beware of false prophets, and that you will know them by their fruit (Matthew 7:15-16), but does my brother even know what that means, or will he be looking for someone to literally pull a rotten apple from their pocket before he finally turns away? If he continues to listen to this foolishness, he will completely shut out God and His word, believing that it is wrong, and because of that, curse himself. I just pray that he’ll eventually run smack into God, like Saul did, and is blinded by the light.
Lesson 2: Man, You Are the Head . . . So Act Like It!
What gets me every time—and I can’t believe I never noticed it before—is that Adam was there the whole time, and he did nothing. Man is the head of woman. Woman was made from man for him. God commanded man never to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, or he will surely die. So how is it that man not only allowed woman to be deceived by the snake, but also let her eat from that tree that would surely lead to their demise, and then took a bite himself, like God didn’t just tell him not to do it? Then when he gets caught, he has the never to put everything on Eve, and to an extent, God, because he says, “The woman you put here with me . . .” (v.12). What a man for you, huh? And the sad thing is, it is 2014, and we still have men blaming women for why they can’t be men. “My ex-girlfriend cheated on me, so that’s why I have to control you.” “You threatened to leave me, so that’s why I had to kill you.” “She had on a mini skirt, so that’s why I raped her.” “She’s making more money than me so that’s why I quit my job, and why I just sit on the couch playing video games and watching SportsCenter all day while she does all the work.” Wake up, men, and man up. It’s because you are lost and so caught up in your selfish pride that the home is in shambles, and don’t just tune me out because I’m a woman telling you this. The Bible says that “the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” Get back to taking the Word from your Head. And no more woman blaming; “dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life” (1 Peter 3:7; KJV). Treat your wives with respect, and when that slithering snake comes along and starts hissing in her ear, it is your time to become the man you claim to be.
Lesson 3: God Already Has a Plan
God is omniscient, all-knowing. Do you really think he didn’t see The Fall coming, that it caught him by surprise? He already had a back-up plan, and as soon as Adam and Eve ate that fruit, he set it in motion. “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (v. 15; KJV). Did you catch that? God said He will put enmity between the serpent’s seed and the . . . woman’s seed? Wait a minute, the seed comes from man. But that seed full of sin, and God needs a seed free of sin for His plan to work. But what son came from woman without the aid of man, and is free of sin? Was is Abraham? No. Was is Moses? No. Was it David? No. Who was it? Jesus Christ! Jesus, the Lamb of God, came into this sinful world through the virgin Mary, free of sin, to die on the cross for each and every one of us to save us. You see? So we fell, but just like Jesus didn’t stay dead for long, we didn’t stay down for long. And when He left, He didn’t leave us alone, but gave us the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, so that when we need to call on Him for whatever reason, He is right there. Even after all of our rebellion, God continuously shows us his love for us.
See? This story has a happy ending after all! Well, that’s enough preaching for me. I promised you guys a poem, so here it is.