I spend a lot of time online. I do all of my Bible study and sermon prep online. I blog and update the church website. I also spend time watching YouTube videos and scrolling through Facebook and Twitter. I’ve seen a lot of memes lately, like the one shown here, about giving Eve the stink eye when meeting her in heaven. Sometimes people want to have a long theological discussion or engage in debate in a comment thread. Someone else’s comment thread is not the place for that kind of thing. This is the place for that kind of thing. Without being critical of anyone for having a sense or humor let’s be serious for a moment.
Eve was tempted in the Garden of Eden to take the forbidden fruit. The Temptor questioned God’s motive for telling Adam and Eve to not eat the from the tree of knowledge. He suggested God was jealous and wanted to hold them back, making Eve perhaps the first person ever to have a fear of missing out. She saw that the fruit was good for food and ate. I’ve heard people ask where Adam was and what he was doing while this was going on. I’ve heard preachers say that God spoke to Adam about the tree but Eve heard the warning second hand, from Adam and not from God, so that’s why Satan tempted her. According to Genesis 3:6 she gave some to her husband who was with her. He was not asleep or somewhere else not to be found. They were together and he simply did not say or do anything.
Now take a look at Romans 5 in the New Testament. Adam is compared and contrasted to Jesus as both are first men of different types. Because of Adam’s transgression sin and death entered into the world. One man’s trespass led to death. But another man’s righteousness led to grace, forgiveness and eternal life. Eve is not mentioned in the entire chapter.
When I was looking for an image to use I found several memes that mention Adam and Eve together. They were both to blame. Any person that stands before God to give an account will be guilty of his or her sins, no one else’s and there is no one else to blame. Adam tried to pass plenty of blame around and if you pay attention he does not blame his wife so much as God himself. “This woman who you gave to me…” We are each guilty of our sins. All of us find grace and mercy in Jesus Christ. None of the offense is his but all of the righteousness.