To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’ Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.” (Genesis 3:7, NIV)
The relationship between God and man is beautiful. God is the Creator, and man is the creature. He is our Father, and we are His beloved child. God expected an intimate fellowship with the man whom He had formed in His image, and He wanted to supply humankind freely in the beautiful paradise, the Garden of Eden. However, its beautiful relationship was broken by the man’s sin, and the ideal equilibrium of economy in the Garden of Eden was also gone away.
In the first half of Genesis 3, the serpent, the craftiest of the wild animals God had created, approached the woman and tempted her to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil that God had commanded not to eat. The serpent said to her, “When you eat of it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” It said she did not need to feel any sense of guilt. The temptation was effective and fatal. She was lured by the serpent, and pride immediately came into the heart of the woman. The command of the Lord was ineffective because of her dull guilt. Then, she looked back on the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. It appeared good for food and pleasing to the eyes, and also desirable for gaining wisdom. She finally took some and ate it. After a while, her husband came, and she invited him to eat it, and he also ate it. Humans sinned against God for the first time. They disobeyed the command of God. The creatures were tempted and sinned to become the Creator God.
Ironically, the first sin of humankind was pride, like the sin of Satan.
Isaiah 14:14 explains the reason for the fall of Satan. He wanted to ascend above the tops of the clouds to make himself like the Most High God. Afterward, the humans committed the same sin as Satan. The desire to be like God is to break moral laws. It is to deny the fact that God is the Creator and our Lord, and He is our Father and the holy being whom we must obey. It also means to refuse the truth that God becomes our supplier.