Genesis Chapter Three part 4, A study of Genesis 3:16, Genesis 3:17 - 19, and Genesis 3:20 featuring our Common Man's Commentary

Genesis 3:16

"To the woman he said, 'I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.'" NIV translation

For the woman, this sin had two consequences. The first was that giving birth would be more painful and it is a reminder of the love that God had for them. A woman will go through pregnancy and the pain of childbirth because of the love for the child within her. God knew from the beginning that Adam and Eve were going to sin and yet He still loved them and created them. The second consequence was that the man would "rule" over her. Some have taken this to mean that the man has the authority to treat her like a lesser person but that is not what it is talking about. The woman made a very bad decision in listening to the serpent and so the man was given the authority and the responsibility to lead and guide her to keep her safe.

Genesis 3:17 - 19

"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. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.'" NIV translation

For man, the consequence of sin was a lifetime of working for food. In the garden, Adam could just go to the tree when he got hungry and eat. Now, he would have to work the fields and provide for his own food. The ground itself was cursed and produced weeds which made the work that much harder. The good news is that, in the new heaven and earth, we will be able to go to the tree when we are hungry and eat once again through the provision of God.

Genesis 3:20

"Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living." NIV translation

Eve means "living" and Adam gave her that name because all of mankind is descended from her (them). This is the greatest reason in the world why there should not be such a thing as racism and discrimination. We are all related in a way; So, how can we hate our relatives?

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