Adam - the Bible story
|'Eat the fruit' said the serpent. 'Why not?' |
People in the story
The Creation of Humans
On the sixth day in the story of Creation, God created the first human being, - Adam. This creature was made in God's image, but what does that mean? That he was by nature impelled to create, to look at what he saw and change it, even if sometimes the changes did not work out well. He had creativity and imagination locked into his persona.
God made man master over the earth and all that was on it. Then he created woman, telling her and Adam to be fruitful and multiply.
God told Adam that he could eat from any tree in the Garden of Eden, except one. This was the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil - if Adam ate from that, he would die. All was well in Paradise, and the man and the woman were happy.
Until the serpent came to tempt them. 'Eat the fruit' said the serpent. 'Why not?'
Adam and Eve Disobey God
Eve was intrigued by this question - a temptation in disguise. The fruit would make her wise, she hoped. So she took one piece from the Tree of Knowledge, ate it and offered some to Adam. He ate it too.
Suddenly everything changed. They became aware of their nakedness for the first time. They felt shame - a new sensation for them.
In their confusion they hid from the presence of God. But God called to them: "Where are you?" They knew they were caught.
Instantly, they began to blame each other. Adam blamed Eve for offering him the fruit. Eve blamed the serpent for tempting her.
But the deed had been done, and they now faced the consequences, which were terrible - God sent them from the Garden, and an angel with a flaming sword barred the entrance so Adam could never return.
Life in the Real World
Life would never be the same. Adam was sentenced to a life of toil. There would never again be food without work. Adam must labour hard and long to get food, fighting infertile ground full of thorns and thistles. The sweat of his brow would be the price he paid for bread.
Eve would share his fate, and suffer the pangs of childbirth, as would all future women.
The pain did not end there. Adam had sons, Cain and Abel, but when they grew they fought together, as nations would fight each other. In one violent struggle Cain killed his brother. The first murder.
Then God took pity on Adam's misery and gave him another son, Seth, who was just like his father in every way...
Tenaille Butel, Ils furent chasses du jardin d'Eden
Bible Stories: People of the Old Testament - Bible Study Resource: God, Adam, Eve, and the Serpent in the Garden of Eden