Truth and Consequences
I was talking to a friend about the pains of childbirth lately (not that I know from personal experience) and made the comment, “Well, you can thank Eve for that.”
It’s true. She is guilty of taking a bite of the forbidden fruit, which in turn caused humankind to be punished – including the pains of childbirth for women. Had I been in her place, I too probably would have been found with apple on my hands and face, guilty as charged.
But Eve gets a bad rap. Where was Adam when all this was going down? “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: 6).
Sure, the serpent tempted Eve, but it’s not like Adam’s hands were clean of the fruit juice. He could have stepped in and stopped her – or chosen to not participate. But he bit, just as she did.
In that moment, do you think Adam and Eve ever thought about the repercussions of their actions? Sure, God told them not to eat of the Tree of Good and Evil, but did they ever imagine that generations of men and women would reap the consequences of their decision? Or were they so ensnared in the serpent’s cunning that they thought they were making the best decision, regardless of the effect on anyone else?
In her song Generations, Sara Groves says, “Remind me of this with every decision, generations will reap what I sow. I can pass on a curse or a blessing, to those I will never know.”
It’s a sobering thought that my decisions, my actions, my sin could have lasting repercussions for years to come. Lord, remind me of this with every decision…