Today we shall discuss the topic of Adam’s vs Eve’s punishments. This morning my wife and I had Bible study with our 10 yr old Son. We were trying to teach our son about consequences more. Of lately my son has been ignoring our words and doing what he wants anyway. The item that is involved in this is always the same, his IPad. Either we will tell him to put it away for the night and we will find him with it again in his bed while he was suppose to be sleeping. Or he will sneak and take it in the bathroom with him or in his closet so that we wouldn’t see him using it. This has happened several times and each time we would take it from him and store it away for a day, two days, then a week, and then two. No matter how many times we took it for the same reason he would duplicate the same disobedience after telling him to put it away. The last time it happen I warned him it will be thrown away, not put up for a time, but forever removed from the home. Now deep inside I knew the iPad represent a very big educational purpose too and I reconsidered doing this if for nothing more than loosing money but I didn’t tell him this. I thought this would shock him into not making this same mistake again. Well he did it again days later so I made him put on his shoes and carry the iPad out the house and throw it in the trash. This hurt his feelings the most but it still was something that needed to be done. Of course, I retrieved it from the outside trash and my wife and I are considering selling it on ebay now but for him he didn’t understand why there was no other punishment like a spanking ,no TV, or taking away his video games. So I thought it would be a good time to go over scriptural facts about punishments and consequences and I thought I would share with you guys facts about our findings this morning that became much deeper than we expected. Punishments only apply to the opposite direction of the character of the person or action. In other words it must be applicable to the person or action of said person. If I like spinach you would punishment me back making me eat spinach, right? If I hate spinach this is something you can use as a punishment. So keep that in mind.
We all know the event in Gen chapter 3. But what we don’t look at is the reasoning and possible mind set of each character. You may say how can I know this, well I don’t know for sure but if you look at the indiviual punishments you understand what kind of persons God was dealing as he punished Adam vs Eve. So let’s start with Adam.
Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field
By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground
Adam’s punishment was that of labor and hardship because he became lazy and complacent. He was told he would have to work for food now when before it came easy for him. He would have to sweat and labor for his whole life, something again he didn’t have to spend much time doing. From this you know life for Adam was easy. We also know from this speech that Adam’s downfall started because he listened to the voice of his wife. This is big because none of Adam’s punishment evolved any relationship or authority consequences of listening to his wife. Why? Because Adam desired her before Eve was ever made and most importantly Adam didn’t seek to be God. So to punish Adam with a authority roles or desire assignment wouldn’t have served as a punishment. He was ready to give it all up for Eve. Bible even backs this up as it tells you that Man or Adam was never trick(1 Tim 2:14). It was the woman. So this means Eve didn’t trick Adam with what Satan’s said about eating the fruit. Adam not being trick means only one thing. He willing took it knowing that Eve was going to die and wanted to either try and protect her or die with her.
Now let’s look at Eve’s punishments.
“I will surely multiply your pain in child bearing;
in pain you shall bring forth children.
Your desire shall be for your husband.
and he shall rule over you.”
This punishment is deep and it was what spurred this lesson. Remember, punishment are pushed towards the things that is unwanted or against the character personal preferences. Look at the difference here. Eve was given a punishment of pain during child bearing. So we know that child bearing was not suppose to be really painful before then. But the next thing God says brought up my eyes.
Your desire shall be for your husband.
and he shall rule over you.”
Now here we have a punishment of authority and desire. Look at it, in order for her punishment to be that “she should have desire for her husband”, it tells me that this “desire” was not there prior. Why? Because Eve had a desire for herself. She proved this because she and Satan actually shared the same want and sin, to be like God. This was the fall and desire of Eve. She wanted to be like God. And just like Satan, this desire led to sin. Adam didn’t have a desire to be God. He was happy with just being in his image. Eve however, was not ruled by Adam at that time and didn’t want to be ruled by God. She wanted to be just as powerful as God, to have nobody to answer to. This is the only reason why God would give her these punishments. He knew that she desired to be unruly and therefore her punishment was to put her into subjection under the one person she felt she had no desire or will to be ruled over by, her husband.
If anything, you can look at the statements God made and think it would have made more since for God to put Eve head over Adam and make his desire be for her since he listened to her and allowed her to lead him. But this wasn’t the punishment because Adam always desired Eve (most agree)and even though he was given authority, didn’t desire absolute authority. So this couldn’t have been his punishment(remember, you punish to apply something against the character of that person). Also, there is no place in the scripture that even hints towards Eve’s desire for her husband before their fall. This is why again her punishment was for her to have desire for her husband( and or His needs it can be translated) and for him to rule over her because this is exactly what she didn’t want nor feel at that time for Adam.
Now right away you can look at this and think that Eve was a little bit more to blame than Adam. Or you could have some uneasy feelings about one sex over the other. But don’t. Bottom line both had a role to play in the conditions of the Human race. Not one of them is more responsible than the other as this is impossible as both were one flesh. The only way that event ends differently is by God’s own hand with Adam and Eve standing as one together. This wasn’t what happened so Christ grace and sacrifice is the only thing good in all this.