Read Genesis 3:7-13
Tricked – the serpent tricked them.
He made them question the goodness of God, “Did God really say?” Then he contradicted God, “You will not die.” Finally, he lured them with a promise, “You will be like God.”
It was a toxic mix of truth, half-truth and untruth and it left them thinking it would be good to eat the fruit.
Now their eyes are opened: that part is true. But they don’t feel God-like, they feel … naked. A moment ago it hadn’t mattered at all. “Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame” (2:25). They hadn’t felt exposed, or vulnerable; as if they needed to cover or protect themselves. There was no need. Life was a song and they were the dance, moving in beautiful surrender to the music of God. Now it’s all changed.
It’s like me dancing.
When I dance, I want to lose myself in the music. I want to just let my body move with it – graceful. I have this sense that it should be that way: I was made to dance like that. But I can’t. Instead, I think about how I look, and worry about whether I’m doing it ‘right’. My fear and my body get in the way of the song, so my joy in the dance is lost.
Standing there in the garden, Adam and Eve have lost their joy too. In an instant they’ve moved from dancing to hiding. They can’t hear the music anymore, their thoughts are full of themselves – how they look, and who’s right and who’s wrong.
The song scratches to a stop while they sew clothes.
Then the Singer comes and they cower behind bushes, ashamed of themselves and afraid of him. Now they understand: they know the serpent lied – they can never be like God.
They can’t even face him.
You see, they know good and evil now. They know that God is good and they aren’t. Not like him. They’ve been changed, stained by evil.
The dance is ruined.