Entry Level Theological Truth [37]

“To the woman He said: ‘I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.’ Then to Adam He said, ‘Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, “You shall not eat of it”: ‘Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.’” Genesis 3:16-19

Rose ThornsThe fall of mankind brought radical consequences to Adam, Eve, and all of their descendents – in essence, every human being who ever existed was affected by it. Some of the reminders of Adam and Eve’s sin targeted their unique roles: the former as the provider and the latter as the mother. Their marital relationship – once meant for companionship and cooperation – now would be subject to strife, as competing desires between the spouses led to friction (Genesis 3:16, the last clause in particular.) Of course, the worst consequence of all was eventual physical and immediate spiritual death, ushered into the world by Adam’s sin (Romams 5:12.)


From The Cradle To The Grave


In foretelling the woman’s sorrow in maternity there was a veiled blessing. Although the outcome entailed pain, she would not die immediately. In fact, her begetting of children promised that the human race would continue. In mercy God was not cutting them off, instead He began a program of redemption where the last Adam recovered more than the first man lost (e.g. Romans 5; 1 Corinthians 15; Hebrews 2; etc.) Her husband’s bestowal of the name “Eve” upon the woman certainly points to his gratitude that their posterity would go on (Genesis 3:20.) Sadly, procreation would now be accompanied with pains throughout pregnancy and labor1 – to say nothing of familial discord as their children grew and manifested their own sin (Genesis 4.)


Sweat Equity On Thorn Plantation


As for Adam, his work would not be the same stimulating and creative activity as it was prior to the fall (Genesis 2:15-23); now it would also entail toil. He had been fashioned from the ground, but now the ground and he would be at odds. The world that he presided over was tainted by the effects of his disobedience. Instead of extending Eden, he would battle thorns and thistles as he gained his daily bread by exertion unto perspiration. Still within him, however, was this desire to subdue the earth. This will only transpire under the reign of the last Adam – the One who once wore man’s mocking crown of thorns on the cross, but is destined to be crowned as King of kings and Lord of lords. He will achieve what Adam could not by bringing the entire world into direct submission to God the Father (Hebrews 2:5-9.) The first man’s fall was tragic, but the second man will accomplish all of His Father’s will. As 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 depicts it:

But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.



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1 See the NET translation for the extensive nature of the terms for sorrow in childbirth; they involve emotional as well as physical pain.


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