The serpent, the craftiest animal of them all, said that they would not die. God, the creator, said they would.
So I guess Eve decided to see who was right. Adam too.
And they ate the forbidden fruit. You see, they ate from the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Their eyes wereopened. They were no longer limited to seeing what is good, they now saw what was evil. (It's like you and me seeing a sign that says 'wet paint'.... we see the sign, we see the clean bright bench... but until we touch it, will we really know?).
Having seen what evil is, and how it affects things, Adam and Even tried to cover themselves, and tried to hide from God.
But God finds them. And shares a way back.
I like to think that God is managing the curse - childbirth pain, and having to work for food - just like God manages the curse more later after the flood when he says you can only live 120 years now. But either way, God is dealing with what's happened. And Adam and Even have to leave the garden, and the Tree of Life.
But it is verse 15 I want to get our blessing gout of today. Where God is talking to the snake - but also to you and me.
God announces his own sacrifice - the fact that he will take our death. He says that the battle is not over, and that he is going to become one of us, and beat the snake (crush his head). He also says that he will put 'enmity' between us and the snake... that is, we'll be enemies, we'll know in ourselves when we are talking to the dark side, the side that does not have our best interest. We'll see good an devil, but we'll also see evil for what it is.
Sure, we can still go that way. The temptation is very real, and the snake is still very crafty.
But no matter what we get ourselves caught up in, there is a way home. A way back. Thank you Jesus.