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Why did the serpent tempt Eve, instead of Adam?

q.gif (1639 bytes)     Why did the serpent tempt Eve in the Garden instead of Adam?


a.gif (1659 bytes)   Genesis 3:1-6 says, “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”

Why did the serpent go after Eve to tempt her? I Peter 3:7 says, “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto THE WIFE, as unto THE WEAKER VESSEL, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” Eve was the weaker vessel. An enemy will normally attack the weakest point, first. Although most may think of this only in regard to the physical sense (the man being physically stronger than the wife), it is also important to consider the spiritual and emotional makeup of men and women, as well. Notice what I Timothy 2:11-14 says, “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And ADAM WAS NOT DECEIVED, BUT THE WOMAN BEING DECEIVED WAS IN THE TRANSGRESSION.”

Eve was spiritually weaker than her husband, Adam. He was not deceived by the serpent, but Eve was. They both sinned, but Eve thought that they would be better off after sinning, while Adam knew all along that they would regret going against God’s instruction. This should be a clear warning for us, as families, and should be a wake-up call for men to be in the Bible, and to be leading their families in the right way.

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