“The system of a union between a man and woman should be ideal. It should be. God designed it to work well, creating man and woman with different strengths to make a perfect fit. But after the fall, something was broken. The fall wasn’t just the banishment of humanity from the Garden, and it wasn’t only death of all living things, even though separation from God was the ultimate punishment. Outside the garden, every evil was at work.” Excerpt from What Every Woman Should Know: A journey of liberty.
The fall of Adam and Eve was monumental. But the first sin did not belong to them. The first one of God’s creation to fall was Satan. He wanted to be like God. The instant pride overtook him, he was banished. He had been crafted and placed as a high-ranking, special being who was more beautiful than any other of God’s creation. Something about him was magical and musical. The instant he fell, the instant he lost his rank, his beauty, and his talents. Every last one of them.
So did Adam and Eve.
Adam and Eve Suffered Great Loss After the Fall
Adam and Eve lost so much. They lost their ideal life in the garden. They lost the lush plants and flowers and all the beauty that surrounded them. They lost the richest of foods, losing their vitality, their immortality. Now death would welcome them. Soon, Adam would return to the dust. Until then, he would meet his new residence with sweat on his brow. Tilling the earth would now be laborious. Eve would conceive children in pain and instantly be dominated by her husband. Lucifer was transformed into a serpent, to wander on his belly, and he loathed Eve and womankind, because God was prophesied that her offspring would bruise his head.
Worst of all, Adam and Eve lost their life walking with God! They would never ever know this again! The presence of peace was no more. Suddenly, they were vulnerable. They had knowledge of bad things. They had to be banished from the garden, from that eternal place, or they would forever live in their compromised form. And not only the two of them, but all future generations had to be banned, because the condition of sin, of being separated from God, would pass on to their children.
Almighty God Won’t Allow His Children to Live in the State of Sin Forever
Not wanting His children to live forever in the state of sin, God had to send them out of the garden at once! It wasn’t His punishment. It was His mercy!
Adam and Eve not only lost communion with God, they had been corrupted. The relationship that God had made perfect, the ideal union He had formed, had dissolved. During their life in the garden, Adam named the animals. He dominated them. Now, outside the garden, Adam turns to Eve and what does he do? He names her!
Genesis 3:20 is the proof. “And Adam called his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all living.”
Man Strives to Dominate
What has changed over the millennia? Man still dominates man. Women are subservient. And humanity is still seeking knowledge! We have yet to master obedience.
History is filled with an infinite number of tragic stories regarding inequality, chauvinism and abuse towards women around the globe. While many of these accounts are shocking, God was not surprised by any of them. So here is where I paste my new motto, which is my only comfort after all I have learned regarding inequality.
“Earth holds no sorrow Heaven can’t heal.”
Watch this space for more Insights in Genesis.
Written by Jori Sams
Jori Sams is a Christian author and freelance writer with nearly 2000 published pieces on the Internet, with over 1500 being published by Yahoo. Her books are published through Writeious Books. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her following the sun…