This Tree was in the midst of the Garden. That means that if you took two diameters of the Garden, the place where they intersected is where the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was.
The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.
Genesis 3:6 (NLT)
The significance of this is that just by the law of averages, they would have passed this Tree more than any other tree in the Garden. It wasn’t located in some remote corner of the Garden. Yet Eve had never noticed that the Tree was good for food and pleasant to the eyes and to be desired to make one wise. She had never considered it.
If this had been someone who already had a fallen nature, they would have built a fence around the Tree and leaned as far over the fence as possible to study the Tree to try to figure out why God didn’t want them to eat of it. Then they would have wondered why they felt such temptation to eat of the forbidden fruit. But Eve’s thoughts show why they had not considered the forbidden fruit before this time: They hadn’t paid any attention to it. It was forbidden. They didn’t question God’s instructions.
You can’t be tempted with what you don’t think. Therefore, since they hadn’t thought about the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they hadn’t been tempted.
Satan’s first step toward their sin was to get them to think about what God told them not to think about.
Sin always starts with thoughts. If we control our thoughts, we can control ourselves and not sin. What a simple and profound truth!
Notice that Eve in the King James Version took of the fruit thereof–comma–and then ate. She touched it first, and when nothing bad happened, she then ate it in direct disobedience to God’s command. First she violated her own tradition and then found it easier to violate God’s law. Few would make the leap from total innocence to total sin. They first break tradition, and when nothing happens, they are emboldened to go the whole way into sin.
Notice also that Adam was with Eve. She didn’t have to go find him and get him to eat. He was with her all the time. He could have stepped in at any time and told the snake to get lost. He didn’t. 1 Timothy 2:14 says,
“And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”
Adam knew this was wrong but did nothing to stop the process.
- “Good for food”—”the lust of the flesh”;
- “Pleasant to the eyes”—”the lust of the eyes”;
- “Desirable for gaining wisdom” (NIV)—”the pride of life.”
These are the things that motivate the people of the world today; and when God’s people start thinking like the world, they start living like the world.
We know why Eve succumbed to the temptation, but why did Adam willingly sin when he knew it was contrary to God’s will?
Did he see a change in Eve and realize that his wife wasn’t in the same sphere of life as she had been?
Did he have to make a choice between obeying God and staying with the wife he undoubtedly loved?
These are neither questions the Bible neither raises nor answers, and it’s unwise for us to speculate. Adam made a choice, the wrong choice, and humanity has suffered ever since.
Suddenly their eyes were opened to a reality previously unknown. For the first time, they sensed their vulnerability and rushed to hide their naked bodies, stitching fig leaves into crude loincloths.
Genesis 3:7 (VOICE)
Satan promised that they would “be like God” and know good and evil, and his promise was tragically fulfilled. Adam and Eve lost their innocence and for the first time had a personal realization what it meant to sin. It wasn’t necessary for their happiness that they have this knowledge, and it would have been far better had they obeyed and grown in their knowledge of God (John 7:17).
Realizing their nakedness for the first time, they quickly made coverings for their bodies. Sin ought to make us ashamed of ourselves. God has given us an inner judge called “conscience” that accuses when we do wrong and approves when we do right (Rom. 2:12-16). A Native American Christian compared conscience to an arrowhead in his heart.
“If I do wrong, it turns and hurts me until I make it right. But if I keep on doing wrong, the arrowhead keeps turning and wears down the points, so it doesn’t hurt anymore.”
When people are no longer ashamed of their sins, their character is just about gone.
Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary
Bible Exposition Commentary – Be Basic (Genesis 1-11)