The Fall

Things God Did After The Fall!!! (Genesis 3) by Jonathon Wright

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Gen. 2:15-17)

1. Adam Made A Huge Sinful Mistake

Adam chose not to believe what God said about eating the forbidden fruit.

The serpent told the woman (Eve), “Surely you will not die.” (Gen. 3:4)

But in the end, Adam and his wife died. Yet their death because of God’s great mercy was not instantaneous. The Lord allowed Adam to have a wife, a family, and a life that was much longer than we could ever imagine today.

We point the finger at Adam as the one who started all the problems in the world. Adam was the first person to make a bad decision that affected his family. The same happens today when someone steals from the company they work for. Keep in mind, Adam was working for God in the Garden.

Many times a person loses their job and, if the crime is big enough, faces imprisonment. This decision could drastically impact the life of their children.  It would be wrong to say that their decision was Adam’s fault. He died thousands of years ago, and we should not blame him for our mistakes. Heaven knows we have all made them.

God has better plans for us. He wants to forgive and help us.

2. The Lord Gave Eve The First Promise

14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all livestock
    and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
    and you will eat dust
    all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
    between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring[a] and hers;
he will crush[b] your head,
    and you will strike his heel.”

16 To the woman he said,

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
    with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
    and he will rule over you.” (Gen. 3:14-16)

In verses 15-16, the Lord gave Eve the first promise, which helped to restore her marriage.  God told the serpent that her seed would crush his head.

Later, God told a man named Abraham that his seed would bless the world. The Bible tracks that seed from Abraham to Jesus.

After God’s conversation with the Serpent,  the Lord told Eve she would have pain in childbirth.  Even though she knew it was going to be painful, she still had hope that one of her children would defeat the serpent.  Before God told Eve these things, Adam was furious with his wife. But later, Adam gives her the name Eve and recognizes her importance as the mother of all that would live.  

3. Thistles And Thorns

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;
    through painful toil you will eat food from it
    all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
    and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
    you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
    since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
    and to dust you will return.”

20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living. (Gen. 3 17-20)

Notice in verse 19 that the ground would produce thistles and thorns. Adam and his family would also eat herbs from the field, and bread by the sweat of their faces. The NIV translates the word ‘bread’ as ‘food’. Many others translations like the KJV, NKJV, NASB, and YLT translate the word as bread. 

The making of bread requires heat or fire which we will talk in the next section about the possibility of them knowing something about fire. This may explain why after making bread they are sweating. But bread would have been something good to help with the hunger pains when the ground did not produce. 

4. God Covered Their Nakedness

21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. (Gen. 3:21)

In verse 21, God made tunics of skin for them. He covered their nakedness. But he had to do this at the price of some kind of animal. 

In Genesis 4, Abel is making an offering from his flock of sheep or some kind of animal like it. God taught them about other uses for animals and burnt animal sacrifice. Later, Noah will make a burnt sin offering.  He did this because God taught the family of Adam about these things.

How else would he have known what to do if someone sins? 

God helped them in many practical ways to survive and thrive before they left the Garden. He did this because He loved them. That same love for the world inspired Him to send His Son Jesus Christ to be our sin offering.  Christ is and was the ultimate exclamation mark on what God did after the Fall.  Thank you, Father, for sending your Son.

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I am currently writing a book called God Unusual Plan. It is a dramatic historic devotional study of Genesis 1-9. I hope you enjoy.

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