“It’s not my fault” – Genesis 3:12-13. “And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And Jehovah God said unto the woman, What is this thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.” Neither Adam nor Eve take responsibility for their actions! Adam blames Eve and Eve blames the serpent. (In essence Adam & Eve were blaming God, because God created Eve from Adam; and the serpent was created by God.) This is very characteristic of all of us—we don’t want to take responsibility for our actions. We want to blame someone or something else—family, co-workers, the economy, etc., etc.
Side note: A comic strip creator captured the essence of the “it’s not my fault” syndrome when he showed a young child in a bath tub with water splashed all over the floor. When the mother came into the bathroom, the child pointed to the rubber ducky sitting on the edge of the tub and said, “He did it!”
When Adam & Eve disobeyed God’s Word, God’s creation started to not function as God intended. Similar to the way disease prevents our body from working the way it was intended to function. Disobedience is like a cancer… (Sin is another word for disobedience to God’s Word.)
Death in the Bible means being separated from God. The consequences of sin are damaged relationships: 1) Relationships between humans and God suffer; 2) Each individual’s worth & self-esteem suffers; 3) Relationships between people suffer; 4) Even our relationship with the environment suffers!
No trespassing, access denied – Genesis 3:22-24. Sometimes what is left out of the Bible is as important as what is in the Bible. When God created us He allowed us to make decisions. It only stands to reason that we may not always make the right choice! Until Genesis 3:21 Adam & Eve still had ready access to the Tree of Life. If they would have taken responsibility for their wrong choice, repented and ate of the tree of life that God provided, they may have been cured, but evidently they made no attempt. Note: Repent means to Turn Around!
Keep in mind: Throughout the Bible God is quick to forgive the sins of those who repent. Unfortunately Adam & Eve (just like the natural instinct of each of us) did not take responsibility for their actions and repent. Instead they blamed someone or something else!!
Adam & Eve did not appreciate the LIFE God had created
for them, so God took it away. When something is taken away, we then start to
understand what we are missing! And how important it is to us!! It’s a little
like a parent grounding (or removing some privileges from) a strong-willed child
for several days for willfully disobeying his/her parents. Remember a 1000
years to us is like a day to God (Psalm 90:4 & 2 Peter 3:8)!
God provides a covering for sin (3:20): “And Jehovah God made for Adam and for his wife coats of skins, and clothed them.” The coats were much more effective than the fig leaves Adam & Eve made.
The rest of the Bible is about the willful disobedience of our ancestors (as well as ourselves) and God's plan to cure us of this disease!! Throughout the rest of the Bible God makes covenants (contracts) with humankind that are valid as long as humans obey God's Word. Things go relatively good for a while until humankind blatantly break the covenants. God raises up judges, kings, etc. to bring humankind back to obeying God's Word again and God renews his covenants. Things go relatively good for a while until humankind blatantly breaks the covenants again. The cycle repeats over and over again through out the rest of the Bible.