The No Woe Zone

 

Genesis 3:1-24

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Adam Blames God and Eve

 

The Blame Game - Finger Pointing

 

 

Adam and Eve lived in the best place ever, the Garden of Eden. They only had to pick the fruit from the trees. BUT, God told Adam not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil or he would die.

 

Eve knew she was not to eat the fruit of that Tree. Along came Sneaky Snake. He lied to Eve and told her the fruit would make wise and she would not die. The fruit looked tasty, and she wanted to be wise. She made the choice to disobey God and ate the forbidden fruit. Wow!

 

Eve gave the fruit to Adam. Whoa! He also disobeyed God and made the choice to eat. Woe! Suddenly he knew about right and wrong. They both knew they were naked.

 

God came into the garden. He knew Adam was hiding, but He asked, “Where are you?”

 

Adam said, “Hearing your voice in the garden I was full of fear, because I was without clothing: and I kept myself from your eyes.”

 

God asked Adam, “Who gave you the knowledge that you were without clothing? Have you taken of the fruit of the tree which I said you were not to take?”

 

Adam said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me the fruit of the tree and I took it.”

 

Uh oh, Adam just made a big boo boo. Adam blamed God for his wrong choice, and then he blamed Eve.

 

God asked Eve, “What have you done?”

 

Eve answered, “I was tricked by the deceit of the snake and I took it.”

 

Uh oh, Eve just blamed the snake for her wrong choice. She lied to herself that Sneaky Snake's lie had tricked her.

 

What did God do to them for disobeying Him? He placed a curse on Sneaky Snake. He added pain in childbirth as a reminder of Eve's bad choice. For Adam He added hard work and sweat until he died.

 

God kept them from taking the fruit from the Tree of Life and living forever. He sent Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden and stopped their return with heavenly guards.

 

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Hi. I'm the angel Gabriel. You can call me Gabe. I am God's messenger to help explain what happened.

 

God gave all of us a special gift called free will. Everyone is free to make their own choices. Sometimes we don't think we have a choice. Other times we make bad choices. Even not making a choice is a choice, good or bad. We always have a choice.

 

God is loving and forgiving. Why didn't God just forgive Adam and Eve?

 

Adam and Eve did not ask to be forgiven for their mistake. Instead, they tried to shift the blame to someone else. What happens when you make a bad choice and point to someone else to shift the blame?

 

When you point your finger there are three fingers pointing back at yourself. In God's view you are still responsible for your bad choices. The blame game leaves you without repentance and still stuck with your bad choice.

 

Adam and Eve did not repent of their bad choice for disobeying God. They did not admit they had made a mistake, ask God's forgiveness, and turn from making the same sort of mistake.

 

God had told Adam and Eve that if they ate the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil that they would die. They were sent out of the Garden of Eden, still alive. God meant there would be no way to live forever with Him. Because they did not repent they were denied the fruit of the Tree of Life.

 

By faith in God and doing His will with right choices we will win over sin and someday taste the fruit from the Tree of Life. Jesus told us: "To everyone who overcomes I will give of the fruit of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God." [Revelation 2:7]

 

Because Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, every one of us has the knowledge of good and evil. Use this knowledge to make good choices. Don't blame others for your bad choices. Bad choices bring woe. Ask God to forgive you when you do make sorry choices.

 

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PS

 

The Bible does not say if Adam and Eve ever admitted their bad choices to God. We do not know if they repented and asked God to forgive them.

 

Do you know the word "repent"? That is to feel bad about what you did and decide to make a better choice next time. This can mean to admit that you sinned and to ask God to forgive you.

 

To Do: Watch for the blame game and finger pointing. You will find it everyday around you. You will sometimes find a finger pointing at you. Even adults blame each other. It is all over the news. It is the cause of many of the world's problems. It is the Devil's main game.

 

Sometimes making good choices may cause you trouble. The Bible says, "if you are given punishment for doing right, and take it quietly, this is pleasing to God." [1 Peter 2:20] Be brave enough to take responsibility for your choices. Take charge of God's gift to you - Free Will.

 

To Not Do: I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

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