I’ve come to realise that all sin originates from fear, yes even the sin committed by Eve and her husband. For a long while it was a close contest between pride and fear, but I believe that even pride comes from fear. Although Adam and Eve were created perfectly they were not created infallibly, they had the potential to be corrupted. Satan must have spent a long time observing them before deciding on his plan of attack, who to go for, when and how to do it. Satan planted seeds of doubt in Eve by questioning her on what God had said about eating the forbidden fruit. The Bible tells us that God actually commanded Adam not to eat the fruit prior to Eve being formed (Genesis 2: 16) and then Adam repeated the commandment to her. When the serpent confronted her about whether she was allowed to eat of the fruit, she could only communicate what she had heard and nothing more, this was the basis of her uncertainty and doubt.
The serpent played on Eve’s uncertainty even more:
But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
~ (Genesis 3:4-6 ESV)
Eve’s doubt and uncertainty enabled the serpent to confuse and deceive her in a particular way, that way was one of trust and fear. Previously she had trusted what her husband had told her, now that trust was being tested by new information.
Reality check: When we are faced with a situation that is new and potentially threatening to our normal way of life how does that make us feel? Afraid.
For that moment Eve felt fear, and as fear came in and began to dominate her mind her trust for her husband’s word diminished until she was left with one option, she used her own internal resources (senses) to help her make a decision. and that decision caused her to sin against God’s commandment.
Pause for reflection: how has fear caused you to question God’s Word or character in your life? What has been the consequence of this?