Men are protectors. It’s in our genes. We were created to care for others. In Genesis 2:16, God gives the man the command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God doesn’t create woman until 6 verses later. It was the man’s responsibility to protect her, not because she was weak, but because God has told him what was evil, what could harm. And yet, the woman managed to eat the fruit anyway.
For years, I was very frustrated with Eve for the weakness she showed. Let’s face it, she screwed up all of the history of mankind. And then I found this one little verse that somehow I had missed. “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for good, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate”
(Genesis 3:6 ESV). Did you catch it? “She took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband WHO WAS WITH HER, and he ate.” He was with her! She wasn’t off on her own, blowing the perfection of the world, while Adam was out in the fields working hard to take care of their family. He was standing there.
He was in the perfect place to protect his wife. I would hope that I would step in about the time that a snake starts talking to my wife. That should have been a sign. But he doesn’t act. I think he was probably curious; he was deceived as well. And then he lets her try it first, and when it doesn’t immediately kill her, he eats it too.
I wonder how many times I’m in the perfect God-designed place to protect my wife, but I miss the chance? What snakes do I let whisper in her ear? What lies do I fall for as well? I want to live in truth. I want God to use me to protect those around me. I pray that is true for both you and I today.