Saturday, March 12, 2011

Adam's Silence

I’m preaching this upcoming Sunday, March 13th. The Old Testament reading is: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7. This is the story of the temptation of Eve and Adam by a serpent in the garden of Eden.
What struck me this time as I read Genesis 3 was Adam’s silence. You see, I had learned as a child that Eve was the one who was tempted by the serpent and the first to sin, and then she went and found Adam and led him astray. Bad Eve, it was all her fault. But if you take a close look at Genesis 3:6 you will find that both Adam and Eve were present during the conversation with the serpent and the eating of the fruit.
Genesis 3:6 (CEB) - The woman saw that the tree was beautiful with delicious food and that the tree would provide wisdom, so she took some of its fruit and ate it, and also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
Adam was present and silent. In this interpretation the fault is communal.
I’d like to explore this further but I don’t know if it will fit into my sermon or if it will have to be another discussion later.