I love the not so admirable people in the Bible, like Eve, because I can relate to their stories and actions. Right after Adam and Eve eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge they hide from God. Have you ever tried hiding from God or hiding something from God? In my experience it doesn’t work.
“Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” – Genesis 3:11
God knew what they had done but He asked them and instead of confessing, they deflect.They were caught red-handed, and had a chance to confess but instead we watch a typical game of pass the blame. In Genesis verses 11-13 God asks Adam what happened and Adam immediately blames Eve and God.
“The man said, ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”
I can almost hear you gasp. Who is he to blame God? It was his decision to eat it, wasn’t it? He’s supposed to be the leader. The first time this was brought to my attention I was appalled and judgmental. Then God brought it to my attention that Adam wasn’t alone in blaming God. I too have done the very same thing. When my job became unbearable and overwhelming, I blamed God for not helping me succeed with the launching of the program. He is capable of doing anything, so why didn’t He help me?
Have you ever blamed God for something? It’s easier to look externally instead of internally.
After hearing Adam’s defense, God turns to Eve to give her the opportunity to confess. I imagine her trying to come up with a good excuse since her husband had just thrown her under the bus but all she has is a serpent. It’s the classic “the dog ate my homework” excuse. She immediately blames the serpent and says that he deceived her. I imagine three children all pointing the finger to anyone but them. The sad thing is God already knew what happened. He was giving them a chance to repent but instead they tried to pass the buck.
Poor God. He had given them everything they needed. He had been their friend and companion. He had created everything they needed. He had asked of them just one thing and they failed Him in that. I can’t help but wonder what the story would have been if Adam or Eve just confessed and asked for forgiveness.
Blaming God or people doesn’t change anything except it shows a lack of accountability. We all make mistakes and sometimes we have help in making those mistakes but God wants us to turn to Him and seek His forgiveness so He can bring us healing and peace.
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