Adam and Eve in the Bible I

The Bible states that God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. This act made the man (who he called Adam) a living being. In this article, you will learn the turn of events that would change earth and its inhabitants forever.

There was a garden in the east that was called Eden, and God placed the man he had formed in the garden. God made all sorts of trees grow out of the ground, but in the middle of the garden, there were two special trees , the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

God wished for the man to work in and take care of the Garden of Eden. He told him that he was free to eat from any tree in the garden, but he could not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He warned him that he would die if he did.

 God then stated, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” At the time, the land was full of animals and other creatures, but there was no “suitable helper” for Adam. God placed Adam under a deep sleep and while he was in a slumber, he took one of his ribs and from it, he made a woman. He then brought her to Adam. The Bible then tells that the man said:

“This is now bone of my bones
 and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
 for she was taken out of man.”

Both Adam and his wife (who was named Eve) were naked and felt no shame to see one another without any covering. Adam was without sin, but when he was created, God had given him a will, which meant that Adam had the potential to sin. At first, Adam used his will to please God and obey his word. However, with the introduction of Eve , Adam was influenced by her weakness.

Satan tempted Eve to eat forbidden fruit from the garden. He took the form of a serpent  – a creature noted for being cleverer than any other animal on earth. The temptation of Eve is illustrated in Genesis 3:1-5. First, Satan asks, “Hath God not said Ye shall no eat of every tree of the garden?” Satan stirs the thoughts of questioning God and makes the pair question whether or not his words are wrong. Eve responded by telling the serpent that she and Adam were allowed to could eat of all the trees of the garden , with the exception of the one tree referred to as the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. She notes that if they eat or even touch the fruit on the tree, they would die, but Satan lies and tells Eve that no such thing would happen.