One of the most talked about occurences in the Bible is when “Eve” ate the forbidden fruit. Pretty much everyone knows that story. But the part I find very interesting is that Adam was with her there in the Garden at the tree, and Adam was as big a part of the sin as she was.
As you recall, God made Adam first. And after creating Adam, God gave a command to him saying, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it, you will surely die.” So isn’t it interesting that here they are, Adam and Eve, in the middle of the Garden, next to the tree that God said to stay away from? And here is Eve, having a conversation with a serpent. And here is Adam nearby. You know Adam was nearby, because the Bible tells us that he was with her. And here at the tree, is a serpent talking to the woman – that same woman that Adam was supposed to love and protect, and yet Adam does nothing. It’s not like there was city traffic to drown out the conversation. He heard it. But Adam never corrects the serpent when he is falsely telling Eve that she would not die, which was completely contrary to what God had told him. As a matter of fact, Adam does nothing but willingly join her in her sin.
If you look further into the man and his behavior over in Chapter Three verse twelve of Genesis, we see God in the Garden calling to Adam, not to Eve. When Adam explains he was hiding because he was naked, God asks Adam a question. He says, “Have YOU eaten from the tree that I commanded YOU not to eat from?” Then Adam, still not protecting his wife or taking any kind of responsibility, blames not just Eve, but he blames God. He says, “The woman YOU put here with me – SHE gave me some fruit from the tree and I ate it.”
See, Adam is given a woman as a suitable helper for him, specifically created by God. Adam is so happy with the woman he says, “This is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh, she shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man.” Then God gives Adam a command, “Don’t eat from that tree.” (Paraphrased). ADAM was the person God directed the command to. So Adam must have told Eve, because she acknowledges she knew the “rules” when she is having her conversation with the Serpent. Then God asks ADAM a question, “Have you done what I told you not to?” (Paraphrased), and Adam turns the tables on BOTH God and Eve. Do you see that?
If I could take liberty with his words, he is, in effect, saying, “Well, partly this is your fault, God. I mean, after all, YOU are the one who put her here with me. I really didn’t have a say in the matter. Then SHE deceived me and gave me some fruit. You see, I had no idea where she got the fruit from, so I ate it. So I am not at fault in any way here.” But Adam did know where she got the fruit. He knew the entire time. He was with her. He did not intervene to stop the sequence of events. He did not own up to his sin. He did not obey God. That is why God punishes Adam. Because he was no better than Eve.
So the next time someone blames Eve for the fall of humanity, remind them who was supposed to be her protector. Remind them who was with her. Remind them that it was both Adam and Eve who disobeyed God. Adam was not dragged along a road. He walked down it willingly and knowingly. It was him and his disobedience along with Eve’s disobedience that led to the fall of humanity that fateful day in the Garden of Eden.