Genesis 3:6 “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
Adam and Eve is such an underrated story to me. We oftentimes pass it up, or only mention it in passing, because it is the first story we all learn in Sunday School. Well, jokes on you, because I didn’t grow up going to Sunday School!
Looking at Genesis 3, we see Adam and Eve’s first mistakes. God gives us an in sight into the blunders of this young family right after breaking the one and only rule of the garden: don’t eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. After the first sin, they were like a fresh foal tripping over every little thing. Their first mistakes are often ways that young people get distracted and distanced from Christ.
Eve was deceived. The first thing of note is that the serpent tricked Eve. Young people are often the target of tricksters and deception, because of their youth an inexperience. Now, you may bristle up at this. Young people are very intuitive, intelligent, talented, and passionate, but the Bible tells us often that youth brings simplicity. That simplicity leads to danger from temptation.
Proverbs 7 describes to us a young man who was simple, and void of understanding. He was tempted and deceived by a strange woman. Froward men, strange women, and the Devil all want to do what they can to trip you up! The answer is to become wise through regular Bible reading.
Adam and Eve hid themselves from God. Young people spend a lot of time hiding from God. We plug in our earphones, put in a new disc to play, or download a new app. As a teenager, I made it my goal to try to witness to people at my school. I stopped one of my friends as we were headed to our cars after school. She kindly, but firmly, told me that she “didn’t want to think about that right now.” That was just about salvation!
As a Christian, we often try again to hide ourselves when we are doing something we should not. Jonah was a man of God who attempted to flee from the presence of the Lord. It doesn’t matter if you ride a bus, grew up in church, or are a pastor’s kid. The fact is that we all at times try to hide ourselves and our actions from the Lord. What are you hiding about right now? Music? Images on your phone? Videos? Friends? The solution is a direct one: Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
Adam and Eve were excuse makers. This one hits me the hardest. As a teen, I was skilled at making excuses. Mostly about being late, but also about the mistakes I made. Your life is a product of your own actions. Adam said it was Eve. Eve said it was the snake that God made. The interesting part is that the Bible is clear that while Eve was deceived Adam was not. 1 Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived as in the transgression. God wants what everybody wants in this life: honesty. When we make excuses, He sees our maturity level, and knows that we need to grow. The awesome part of our religion is that God makes a way for us. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Pastor Jesse McCammon
Calvary Baptist Church | Flora, IL