The Consequences of Sin
On a human dimension, sin hurts ourselves and other people. Ultimately it is an offence against God. It is anything that is contrary to the plans of God for His people. Adam and Eve were given the chance to express their love for God through obedience, but they chose to follow their own path. This resulted in the following:-
It put them at odds with nature (Genesis 3:16-19 New International Version). Because Adam sinned, the ground was cursed. No longer would he experience the productivity of the Garden of Eden but would have to toil and contend with thorns and thistles to bring forth food. As a result of her sin, God told Eve He’d greatly multiply her pain in childbirth. The entire natural order changed after they sinned, and life was no longer as easy as it had been.
It put them at odds with each other (Genesis 3:6-13 New International Version). After eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, Adam and Eve’s eyes were opened, and they knew they were naked. Something within their spirits died, and they now saw each other in a different way and felt shame. They attempted to cover their nakedness with fig leaves, and futilely tried to hide from God behind the trees. Then when the Lord questioned them about their sin, Adam blamed Eve, and she blamed the serpent. Their relationship with each other was forever changed and marred by sin.
It put them at odds with God (Genesis 3:7-8 New International Version). Before sinning, Adam and Eve loved the Lord, but now they were afraid and tried to hide from Him because they felt guilty and ashamed. One bite of the forbidden fruit had ruined everything for them, including their relationship with their Creator. The consequences for their disobedience brought a curse upon the ground, a struggle to provide for themselves, pain and suffering, and eventual death (Genesis 3:17-19 New International Version). They were separated from the Lord both spiritually and physically as He drove them out of the Garden of Eden to begin life in a cursed environment.
It put their children at odds with each other (Genesis 4:1-8 New International Version). Adam and Eve’s sin didn’t end with them but was passed on to their children. Sin is never an isolated event because the consequences always extend to touch others in some way or another. Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain, who was a farmer and Abel, who was a shepherd. Sin is progressive in nature and intensifies with time. First, Eve sinned by eating the fruit; then she gave it to Adam who also ate; and now sin had spread to their entire family, resulting in the murder of one son by the other when Cain murdered Abel because of jealousy. Romans 6:23 proved true: “The wages of sin is death.” We never know where the consequences of sin will lead. Although we may try to hide our sin, it cannot be contained and will just worsen.
It put all mankind at odds with God (Genesis 3:22 New International Version). Adam and Eve’s disobedience cost them their future. They were driven by the Lord out of the Garden of Eden; therefore, they would not eat from the Tree of Life, but live in their sinful condition, separated from God for the rest of their lives, passing the consequence of sin to coming generations.
Adam and Eve’s disobedience caused the wilful destruction of Shalom and their sin devastated everything God had put in place. It would be a very bleak story if it was to end there.
To be continued
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