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God surprised? | Genesis 3:6-7

6 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 some of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves waist coverings.

Genesis 3:6-7 (NASB)

Become like God

Satan lied to Eve, deceived her, and tempted her to eat to become like God (v 5 yesterday). Satan earlier had personally tried the same thing and failed. He led a rebellion in Heaven against God. He is only a created being, like us, so it failed. God cast him from Heaven, along with ⅓ of the angels, to roam and reign on the earth. But their days are numbered.

“Satan fell because of pride. He desired to be God, not to be a servant of God… and interestingly enough, that is essentially what Satan tempted Adam and Eve with in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-5).” (gotquestions.org) Eve was not content with God’s rule; she wanted to be like God and have wisdom like God. Adam must have had similar intentions and desires since he also ate.

Naked and ashamed

The immediate result was the opening of their eyes (figuratively but somewhat literally) and realizing they were naked. They, of course, had always been naked and it never troubled them. Being naked was not a sin and not unseemly…before they ate.

Now they were conscious and ashamed. So they made some make-shift clothing to cover themselves. “Every attempt to cover our own nakedness before God is just as foolish. We need to let Jesus cover us (Revelation 3:5, 18), and put on Jesus Himself as our covering garment (Galatians 3:27).” (enduringword.com)

God surprised?

Was God surprised by Adam and Eve’s choice to rebel and sin? Since God is omniscient and knows all things, He had to know Adam and Eve would sin. Some will then ask, “Why did he proceed with creation?” That is a very good question. We should ponder this and really ask it from our hearts for the purpose of really knowing God. He’s not offended by the question – if the desire is to know Him more and understand Him just a bit better.

It wasn’t until recently, after many years as a Christian and studying His word, building my relationship with Him (and more, He with me) that I finally came to an understanding of the answer. I don’t fully understand, of course. The answer is based on a deeper understanding of who God is. I’d encourage you to think about it and pray and seek Him. 

RЯeflection

  • God surprised? Spoiler alert! This link does a marvelous job of explaining this topic but I encourage you to consider it on your own first. You will likely have to come back to it in some form or fashion later in life.
  • How do we try to cover or hide our own sins? We know, in truth, it is not effective, but, like Adam and Eve, we try. Rather, confess our sins and He will forgive and cleanse us. (1 John 1:9)
Baby boy surprised. Image from Pxfuel.com

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  1. I like to note the similarities between Gn 3:6 (“good for food”, “delight to the eyes”, and “desirable to make one wise”) and ‭‭I John‬ ‭2‬:‭16
    “For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.”
    ‭‭I John‬ ‭2‬:‭16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    1. Thanks Bruno. That’s a nice connection between the original temptation…and sin and, the temptation and sin that are prevelant even through to today. And this i a sin common to all. Which of us has not fallen, and at least tempted, to seek after the fruit of the world? Wealth, comfort, power, pleasure, etc. all seem so good to “eat”. Father, forgive us! Strenghthen us for the battle, for the battle is Yours.

  2. About the “God surprised?” question, it often comes when we study the Problem of the Evil, or How a totally good and totally powerful God allowed evil to enter the world? I like the answer in the link provided above. Another way to look at it is that out of all the possible worlds God could have created, regarding the presence of Good and Evil, our world is the only one where love is possible. https://sethsoasis.wordpress.com/2011/03/27/four-worlds-and-love/

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