dust and man(3)

Those Who Are Not “In Christ” will be consumed by the Dust Devil…just sayin..

The more I have pondered the above, the more I wonder is there a connection of Satan, Adam and Eve’s motive to sin and their respective curses? Satan’s sin motive seems clear that he hoped to rise above God and so his curse was that he could get no lower. Then what about Eve’s? As I looked closely at her curse I noticed much more than I had seen before.  GEN 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.”

Note there are two sorrows here mentioned and in a way saying that Children are going to be hard, hard work and I would say that is the case with a great deal more than just the labor pains, but worrisome toil. Adam’s worrisome toil as we will see later has to do with feeding his family, but Eve’s worrisome toil is her children. Then there is the whole desire and being ruled over by her husband.

Here again I see the possible motive Eve had for eating the forbidden fruit. GEN 3:6″ And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” Did she eat it because she wanted to have the wisdom to be a better mother and wife apart from God? Now after her forbidden act separated from God how much harder could both tasks be?

Moving onto Adam, here I had a radical change of how I pictured this.  I had always thought Adam was sort of in a tight spot that he didn’t want to lose his wife and made a quick and horrible choice. Examining this in light of the curse I now believe it was a great deal more selfish. My picture of this in my mind now plays out more like this thought process. Was this Adam’s motive:Eve in eating the forbidden fruit just gained wisdom beyond his own, then if he was going to subdue the earth and be all he could be, then he too must eat of the forbidden fruit to have what it takes apart from God. How much harder is it to provide for our families apart from God? GEN 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return

No matter if I am right or wrong about the connection of the motive to the curses in Genesis 3, the one thing I can count on and, Jesus, said it in John 15: “Apart from me you can do NOTHING”. Abiding in Christ is the answer for the curse be we man or woman.