What Adam and Eve tell us about human nature

As I was reading through the story of Adam and Eve, I found myself pondering things. Given according to Scripture these were the first humans ever to be in existence, perhaps they provide us a lot of interesting insights into who we are. Given this is the first recorded encounter that God ever had with humans, perhaps this account provides us with some insights of who God Is. There are many things that could come to mind when looking at the story of man’s creation and man’s fall. Let’s look through parts of this story, and I’ll share with you some thoughts that came to mind. At the end, you can feel free to share some of your thoughts.

Man’s original purpose?

Genesis 2:5 states, “Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground” Further down, Genesis 2:15 states, “Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.” It’s interesting that it appears man’s original purpose was to cultivate the ground the Lord God had created. The Hebrew word for cultivate is `abad, which means to serve or work. Now if you look back at verse 5, what we can understand from what it means to work the ground, is it appears to mean that God wanted man to plant and grow it. Now man was also instructed to keep, which the Hebrew word for that is shamar, and that means to guard or to have charge of. So it’s interesting that the very earth we live on today, was originally intended for us to plant and have charge over. We still do those things, but those aren’t the primary things we do now. This is not to suggest we go back to this simplicity of times, because we’re given other instructions now since humans are no longer without sin as Adam initially was, but it’s merely an interesting thing to ponder.

Man’s flawed perception

Genesis 3:6 states, “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 desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.” I find this to be an interesting example of the limits of one’s own perception, as well as one’s ability to be easily deceived. Eve knew what was instructed, but after listening to the serpent, which we later conclude to have been the devil in Revelation, she made her own conclusion of what she thought was right, rather than following God’s conclusion. While Adam wasn’t the one that was tricked, his perception was equally as flawed, because he chose to trust the fruit Eve handed to him, rather than determining whether this fruit was okay to eat first.

Man’s natural tendency to avoid taking responsibility

Genesis 3:12-14: “The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 14 The Lord God said to the serpent,” As we can read here, neither Adam nor Eve accepted responsibility for the mistakes they made. Adam blamed the woman for his failure not to eat from the tree, and Eve blamed the serpent for her failure not to eat from the tree. It’s an interesting thing when you think about how often we as humans are naturally inclined not to take responsibility for our actions, and blame other things around us for causing our own failures. Ultimately though, God still punished the woman and the man for not obeying His instructions. There are many other interesting things to be pondered when reading this story closely. Hopefully this has inspired you to take the time for yourselves to look over these chapters and find other things worth pondering.

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3 thoughts on “What Adam and Eve tell us about human nature

    • Thanks for commenting! While we as humans may not have the connection with God that Adam and Eve once had, perhaps we can still take solace in the connection that we can have, and have hope for the connection that can eventually be had again someday.

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