8 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.
9 And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Guilty, ashamed and naked. That was how the Lord God found Adam and Eve after they turned away from his instructions. Like all sinners, they thought they could hide their inequity from the Lord.
Right away, the Lord knew they had sinned. He knew they had eaten from that tree, but while Adam and Eve were no longer innocent, they were not particularly sophisticated in their defense strategy.
Adam : The woman made me do it.
Eve: The serpent deceived me.
The Lord God, going back to the source begins his reprisal with the original source of evil—the serpent himself. He tells him he will crawl on his belly forever. Sin is embodied in this serpent and all who follow him even today could be said to be, “crawling on their belly.”
When the Lord says he will put enmity between the serpent and the woman, does this mean that due to this first sin, the woman will forever battle the serpent, or put more simply, the force of evil?
– Betty Killebrew
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