Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Genesis 3:17-19 comments: Adam's curse

17 ¶  And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18  Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Here is one that fundamentalists love and their sentiment would almost be humorous if it didn’t have such tragic effects. Verse 17 is used to say that any man who takes advice from his wife is disobeying God and deserves any negative consequence. Adam is judged for disobeying God in taking the very bad advice from his wife to do it. Certainly, any woman or man who follows their spouse in disobedience to God is foolish. But, Godly advice from your wife is something you should always seriously consider as her co-heir in the grace of life.

This verse is no more a command to not do whatever your wife tells you to do any more than the following verse is a command to obey her in all things.

Genesis 21:12  And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.

As Eve faced a judgment upon childbirth, that which perhaps had been easy and pain-free now being a time of pain and travail, so Adam’s employment as a worker of the ground and caretaker of God’s creation was going to be accompanied now by sweat, toil, and much effort. Also, here is the judgment of death, over which Satan has authority.

Hebrews 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

Adam and Eve will share in these judgments as man and woman share in the pains and agonies of life on earth.

Hebrews 9:27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

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