RENEGADE (Part 1) – Adam and Eve

Not to be confused with the 1992 to 1997 USA Network TV series, nor to be confused with the vehicle. The word renegade comes from the Spanish word renegade which in turn comes from the Latin word renegatus meaning ‘renounced’.

Dictionary.com identifies 3 meanings to the word:

  1. A person who deserts a party or cause for another.
  2. An apostate from a religious faith.
  3. Of or like a renegade; traitorous.

A renegade can come in many forms and some in ways that you would least expect. We have to start somewhere in this renegade series, so, this first part of the series will be on the topic of Adam and Eve.

Forbidden FruitAdam and Eve are perhaps one of the greatest renegade stories in the bible. They had it all. They were in a good place, then, with one act of disobedience they lost everything.

 “Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Genesis 2:8-9 (NIV).

Adam had one job: Take care of the garden and in turn he could eat of any tree of the garden he could please except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. One job and he blew it. Eve must have been someone amazing to convince Adam to eat of the forbidden tree.

 “When the woman saw that the fruit of tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.” Genesis 3:6-7 (NIV).

Not only could she convince him to eat the forbidden fruit, but he was also there with her. I guess it’s true what they say; the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I can see it now. Adam is thinking, “Oo, food.” It took more convincing for Eve to sin; however, Adam just needed to know the fruit was good to eat. In reality, there was likely more to it than that. Adam was just as guilty as she was by not rejecting the fruit and even allowing the serpent to deceive them in the first place.

The passage tells us that Adam and Eve were tempted in three ways:

  1. Eve saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food.
  2. The fruit was pleasing to the eye.
  3. The fruit was also desirable for gaining wisdom.

That list looks really familiar.familiar pose

 “For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” 1 John 2:16 (NIV).

These three things must be common when it comes to temptation. Satan isn’t very creative, is he? Then again, why would you change your tactics if the old one’s still work? At least 4,000 years, likely more, have passed from Adam and Eve to the time that John is penning the words from 1 John 2 and the tactics are still the same. Let’s look at the passage from Genesis a little closer and compare it to the passage in 1 John:

 

  1. Eve saw that the fruit of tree was good for food. This is the lust of flesh. She learned that the fruit was good to eat so she wanted to satisfy her hunger.
  2.  The fruit was pleasing to the eye. This is the lust of the eyes. Have you ever saw a picture in a magazine, TV, or Pinterest of a delicious gourmet meal that made your mouth water at the sight? You knew you needed to find the recipe and make it for yourself. This is probably a similar experience to what Eve was experiencing. Now, I don’t know what the fruit actually looked like, but apparently you could say it looked good enough to eat.
  3.  The fruit was also desirable for gaining wisdom. This is the pride of life. This tactic for temptation is a little harder to nail down; however, I still believe it applies. Who doesn’t want to be smart? If you were intelligent, top of your class, and on your way to curing Cancer or some other disease you would be pretty proud of yourself wouldn’t you. I know I would. In fact, if Thomas Edison was alive today and talking with someone I’m sure he would probably point at a lightbulb and say, “Yeah, I made that!” Wisdom has a way of making one proud if it is not embraced with humility.

In a way it is true what is written of in Philippians 3:18b-19 (NIV):

“…many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.”

At least in the case with Adam and Eve Philippians 3 is accurate to say that their god is their stomach. They desired to fulfill their lust of the flush more than they desired to believe God. Otherwise, they would have told the serpent where he could put the forbidden fruit.

You could also say that what Philippians 3:19 means when it’s written “their god is their stomach” is that their god is whatever they desire. Perhaps this is why the first commandment states, “You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3 (NIV). God deserves first place. If Adam and Eve would have given God first place they would have still been tempted, but they would have honored God’s word by not partaking of the forbidden fruit.

You would think that God would be livid because his creation just disobeyed him. Yes, like any parent would do; God punished Adam and Eve, but at the same time he extended grace to them.

“The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. “ Genesis 3:21 (NIV).

Wow, this is significant! God made a sacrifice to make clothes for Adam and Eve. In this one act, God prepared a promise for mankind that he would cover their shame with a sacrifice. Genesis 3:21 is a shadow of Christ to cover the sins of the whole world.

Adam and Eve were renegades toward God and everything that he prepared for them. They changed the way things worked. By disobeying God, they threw up a great rift between them and God. This would no doubt make God sad, but he was already devising a plan of forgiveness which could be found in the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.

Peace, love, and Christ ‘cause you know he died for you.

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