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Sunday, December 16 2012
How Did Adam And Eve Sin Differently?
The Hebrew word pronounced aw-dawm means man, as a species, not specifically male or female. While the first male human came to be called "Adam" (from the Hebrew word for man, as a species) much later, during his lifetime he never had a name, of his own, recorded in the Scriptures. He is identified simply as aw-dawm, meaning the man, while at the same time the term was used for both of them, male and female, before the woman was given a name of her own, "Eve," after they became sinners.
"Adam" used for both the male and the female:
"1:27 So God created man [i.e. the Hebrew word, pronounced aw-dawm, meaning man as a species] in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (Genesis 1:27 KJV)
"Adam" used for just the male:
"2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man [i.e. the Hebrew word, pronounced aw-dawm, meaning man as a species] whom he had formed." (Genesis 2:8 KJV)
The first two humans became the first two sinners, together. The LORD held them equally responsible for what had been done. But as we will read plainly from the Scriptures, Adam and Eve committed the same sin, but for different reasons.
"The LORD God commanded the man"
"Adam" was the first man in two ways. By the actual Hebrew word of the Scriptures, he was the first "man," the first of the species, and the first "man," the first male of the species.
"2:8 And the LORD God [see The Kingdom Of The LORD God to understand Who "the LORD God" actually is] planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil." (Genesis 2:8-9 KJV)
The LORD God put the man in the Garden, before the woman was created, with the command to him, "Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
"2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." (Genesis 2:15-17 KJV)
Then, with the instructions and warning having been given to the man alone, the woman was created from the man. "And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."
"2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
"Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived"
Whether the LORD personally repeated the command to the woman to not take of the forbidden tree, or whether it was the responsibility of Adam to tell her, is debatable, but irrelevant. She knew, one way or the other, in her own words ("The woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die"). The woman was deceived into thinking that she misunderstood the command of the LORD i.e. "And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die."
"3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle [see also Satan's Masquerade] than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
The woman then took the forbidden fruit, "and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat."
"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. 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons." (Genesis 3:6-7 KJV)
As stated in the verses below, the woman was deceived into disobeying the command of the LORD ("the woman being deceived was in the transgression"), while the man, who was standing there with her, was not deceived ("Adam was not deceived"). The woman sinned, thinking that she was doing right, while the man sinned knowing that he was doing wrong.
The statement below about childbearing (as explained in detail in the Fact Finder question below) isn't merely about having a child. The only child that could save Eve (or any woman ever since, with children or having no children), because Eve had children, was the Messiah who would be born as a human descendant of Adam and Eve - and like everyone else, only if she repented to accept that sacrifice (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).
"2:13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
The apostle Paul expounded the same Truth in referring to the connection between Eve and the Church of God - all of whom were created by the Messiah (again, see the Fact Finder question below).
"11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
The man was created in the image of God, while woman was created in the image of man. The result was the same, both were thereby created in the image of God.
"11:8 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. 11:9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man." (1 Corinthians 11:8-9 KJV)
"Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it"
Although they sinned, the same sin, for different reasons, their response afterward was identical.
"3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
Why Adam sinned: he knowingly did what was wrong.
"3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat." (Genesis 3:12 KJV)
Why Eve sinned: "The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat."
"3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done?
The woman was deceived by the Devil, while the man knowingly chose to disobey the LORD. Eve didn't know that she was doing wrong; Adam did.
"3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." (Genesis 3:17-19 KJV)
Fact Finder: What connection is there between Eve and the Church of God?
This Day In History, December 16
755: The An Shi Rebellion began during the Tang Dynasty of China.
1431: Henry VI of England was crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris.
1485: Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII of England, was born. Henry divorced her without Papal approval, starting the English Reformation.
1497: Vasco da Gama cleared the Cape of Good Hope, in the area where Bartolomeu Dias had earlier turned back to Portugal.
1653: During England's Interregnum (the time between two reigns; "when there is no king, the people do mischief"), the Protectorate was established; Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland.
1631: Mount Vesuvious in Italy erupted, killing over 4,000 people.
1653: Oliver Cromwell, leader of the Parliamentary side in the English civil war, was declared lord protector of England. He went on to establish religious tolerance and allied England with France against Spain.
1707: The last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji occurred in Japan.
1740: The War(s) of the Spanish Succession began when Frederick of Prussia invaded Silesia, one of the richest Hapsburg provinces. His victory encouraged other Hapsburg adversaries and thus insured that the war would become generalized.
1811: A powerful earthquake changed the course of the Mississippi River near New Madrid, Missouri.
1835: A fire in New York City destroyed property estimated to be worth $20,000,000. Beginning in a store at Pearl and Merchant (Hanover) Streets, it lasted two days, ravaged 17 blocks (52 acres), and destroyed 674 buildings including the Stock Exchange, Merchants' Exchange, Post Office, and the South Dutch Church.
1916: The infamous Russian monk Grigori Rasputin was murdered. "Rasputin" wielded powerful influence over Alexandra, wife of Czar Nicholas of Russia; he was murdered by members of the royal family and the Duma.
1920: One of the worst earthquakes of all time occurred in Kansu province, China, killing 180,000 people.
1944: German forces launched a major offensive in Belgium's Ardennes Forest. It became known as the Battle of the Bulge.
1969: The British House of Commons voted by 343-185 to approve the permanent abolition of the death penalty.
1991: The United Nations reversed its earlier declaration that "Zionism is racism" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Zion).