As the series continues on Theology, I find s many interesting things to dialogue about. Today’s topic gives us an understanding into the world we live in today. Adam ate the apple and suddenly everything changed. Here is an overview on the consequences of the fall.
I’ll break down Genesis 3 around the consequences God lays out. Break it down
1. On the Serpent
14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.
The serpent received one of the two curses here in Genesis as he now crawls on the ground.
15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman,
And between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
I love the beginning of the movie Passion of the Christ when Jesus is portrayed in the garden only to have the snake come near him. The movie gave good imagery and foreshadowing to what God planned for the serpent back at the beginning of human history. The serpent would strike the heal (a fatal wound like when a snake’s fangs sink into your ankle), but he would crush the snakes head. The metaphor is amazing. Satan became the prince of darkness, prince of the air and ruler of this world. The head would represent the seat of authority that Satan now had after deceiving humankind. The eventual offspring of Eve also God’s only son would crush the authority that Satan had over mankind, giving us freedom from sin and bondage. Not only was the serpent cursed to crawl on the ground, but the serpent was cursed by the relationship he would have with the seed of the woman.
2. On the Woman
16 To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”
Perhaps childbirth at one time was not painful or less painful. The obvious question to ask is did Eve give childbirth before the fall to have anything to compare with labor pains after the fall.
The secondary consequence and perhaps more important affected the relationship with man and woman. Before the fall, the equality was perfect as they complemented each other. Now one had to be the leader, and women would fight for the equality and leadership in the relationship.
3. On the Man
17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”
Work became labor. Last year, I heard Dallas Willard www.willard.org talking at a seminar. He was making a reference to work would come now by the sweat of our brow. He said we use the idiom ‘no sweat’ when talking about how easy it is to do a favor for someone. He continued by making the point that you only sweat when you exert yourself. He asked who sweats when they are just standing around. I looked at my wife. Without words, we knew people in Thailand would dispute that claim.
Finally, he has received the death punishment for his indiscretion.
4. On the Ground
The second curse came to the ground. The ground will be cursed, weeds and thistles grow now, gardening becomes difficult, and plants struggle to survive. Mankind did not receive a curse, however the death that came to a previously infinitely living being seems like a curse to me. And Jesus took our curse on him according to Galatians 3:10-14.
5. Ultimately for mankind
a. Death, no longer the tree of life
b. Spiritual death/Separation from God, Rom 8:6, Eph 2:1-17
One rule, one broken request and relationship between God the father, creator of all that is good was irreconcilably broken. Except that God in all his goodness found a way to redeem and reconcile his beloved creation. Even in the midst of the most depressing point of human history, the farthest fall from perfection to corruption, God promised a new way.
How do you see these consequences playing out today in your context?