In a message board I frequent, some discussion came up about Adam and Eve and their transgression. After some study, I came upon the following thoughts:
“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” (Gen 3:6)
What is interesting here is that it doesn’t say that she partook of the fruit because she wanted to disobey God. Rather she saw that the fruit would make her wise?¢‚Ç¨‚Äùor as the footnote suggests?¢‚Ç¨‚Äùgive her insight.
Naturally, gaining further insight or wisdom is not inherently bad; our church encourages us to gain further knowledge.
I wonder then if the transgression Eve committed was less the partaking of the fruit. I wonder if her transgression was more relying on her own faculties to gain further light and knowledge rather than waiting for God to give them to her.
I wonder of the parallel with her son Cain. We all know Cain gave a sacrifice to the Lord. I do not think the Lord rejected the sacrifice because it was a sacrifice. After all, his brother Abel offered a sacrifice often that was always accepted. I wonder if what the Lord rejected was the fact that Cain offered a sacrifice only because Satan commanded him too (Moses 5:18).