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But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
(Gen. 2:17)
God had given this commandment to Adam before He even created the animal kingdom. Very shortly after, He brought Eve into being. It was not good for man to be alone, so God made, crafted, and put together a woman for his man.

Did you ever notice how God took extra time putting her together? He wanted Adam to have the best, so he caused a deep sleep to come upon him. Then He took a portion from Adam's side and put together something that Adam had never seen before. When God presented His work of art to Adam, it was a breathtaking experience (Gen. 2:21-24).

A man's destiny when he takes a wife is to leave his family of origin and cleave to his wife.

This helps us to understand why Adam committed high treason in The Garden. He was clinging to his wife! He listened to his wife instead of doing what God had commanded him to do. We must understand that before God created Eve, she was an integral part of Adam. In fact, Eve was in Adam (Gen. 5:1-2).

God saw that it was necessary to separate Eve from Adam. When God brought them back together, He improved the relationship by including copulation. The two became one flesh again by the act of marriage.

That is why it is easy to understand why Adam did what he did. His relationship was so intense with Eve that he clung to her. Instead of putting God first, he put his wife first.

The Man Is The Head
Ultimately, the man is responsible for what happens in the home. Everything rises and falls on the husband's ability to lead his family in the ways of righteousness. Everything rises and falls on a man's ability to hear from God and communicate it to his spouse and his children.

The man is the point person. I am not saying that a man's wife can't hear from God and be a marvelous aid to him.

Unfortunately, all too often, instead of completing her husband, the woman is competing with her husband. Eve, being in competition with her husband, opened the door for Satan to perform his devilish temptation on her.

The competition began with Adam failing to communicate properly with Eve.

This allowed Satan to undermine God's authority in Adam and Eve (Eph. 4:27). Satan played on Eve's emotions and her reasoning faculties.

Adam was responsible for telling his wife about the tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil. But somewhere in their relationship, there was a communication breakdown; Adam was in deep weeds. Should he stay with God, or should he go with Eve?

Eve unknowingly put herself before God concerning Adam's life. It still happens today. God held both Adam and Eve responsible for what they had done, but He addressed Adam first. Adam was ultimately responsible for the condition that they were in.

Can you imagine how God must have felt? His masterpiece decided that He wasn't good enough and went looking for something else. Can you imagine waiting for a response from Adam?

I can hear God calling Adam (I'm sure God knew where Adam was). The question was, did Adam know where he was? Did Adam realize what he had done? Did Adam comprehend the spiritual state he was in?

He couldn't really have known the full scope of his sin. That is exactly what sin does. It deceives you into thinking you can get away with it, because there is no immediate consequence. Adam looked at Eve and thought, "Nothing happened. She looks the same; she didn't die!"

But what he didn't see was the spiritual death that was the result of her disobedience. Sin will never let you see the full scope of its consequences. Sin is deceitful. It will make you think you can hide from the presence of God (Heb. 4:12-13).

Adam knew exactly what he was doing. He was not the one that was deceived (1 Tim. 2:14). It was Eve who was deceived, and she invited her husband to join her, to cling to her. The sad part of the whole scenario is that Adam tried to pass the blame onto Eve.

What he needed to do was cover for his wife and take the blame for the whole thing. But sin consciousness wouldn't let him do that.

Sin consciousness will never let you admit when you are wrong. It always wants to blame the other person. That is exactly what happened in the Garden. Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent, but God held them all responsible for their actions.

When you start playing with the Law of Sin and Death, you are on the serpent's territory. When you dabble into the Law of Sin and Death you have no protection. Walking into the Law of Sin and Death means you have walked away from God's shelter.

The Law of Sin and Death can only produce…sin and death.

But, praise God, we have been delivered from the Law of Sin and Death through Christ Jesus:
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
(Rom. 8:1-2).
Copyright © Anthony N. Wade Ministries
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Author Biography

Anthony N. Wade
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Anthony N. Wade gave his life to The Lord Jesus Christ in 1973 and along with his wife, has been serving in ministry for decades.

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