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The Consequences of Disobedience

Updated on April 24, 2011

What happened when Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit and why did God forbid it in the first place? The tree of the knowledge of good and evil was adequately named. The result of eating its fruit was that one would acquire this knowledge. So, when Adam and Eve ate the fruit, they did, as a result, have knowledge of good and evil. Before they ate the fruit from the tree Adam and Eve knew only good. They knew God and walked daily in sweet communion with Him. They walked naked before Him and knew no shame because evil was non-existent for them up until that point. The result of eating the fruit (which God had warned them ahead of time not to do) was that their eyes were opened to evil and they recognized their own nakedness and need for covering.

This instituted the process of man being separated from God and, therefore, the need for a covenant in order to come back into relationship with Him. The very first act of God after their disobedience was that He gave them the physical covering they needed. He provided for their need.

"The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them."
Genesis 3:21

These skins required the need for an animal to be sacrificed thus the first animal sacrifice was made. From that point on God repeatedly shows in increasingly revelatory fashion the need for man to have his sin covered. He demonstrates the need for and establishes a covenant relationship through Noah, Abraham and Moses all of which foreshadow and point to the everlasting covenant established through the death of Jesus on the cross and the shedding of His perfect, holy and righteous blood. The shed blood of Christ was necessary in order for man to have everlasting life and be able to live for all eternity in relationship with God. This perfect and holy self-sacrifice was the only one that could stand as a substitutionary death for us so that we are no longer condemned. His death was required as a substitution for each of ours.

When we obey God's commands we receive goodness and reward, but in disobedience there is always a price to pay...even if it is just the simple fact that we now know evil. God desires what is good for us and always tells us in advance, but as a loving Father, He also allows us to make our own choices...anything else would be slavery. We are not slaves to God, but we should always keep in mind that the direct result of choosing to not obey God is that we are choosing to be slaves to sin and evil.

If the result of disobedience is separation from God and slavery to sin and death then why would anyone willingly choose it? If knowing God means knowing freedom, every perfect pleasure and delight and absolute fulfillment then why would we want anything less? If you have to be a slave to one or the other then why not choose the one that leads to life, fulfillment, joy, peace, and the truest and purest of pleasures and delights for all of eternity?


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    • christicue profile imageAUTHOR

      Christi C. 

      8 years ago from Franklin, TN

      Thanks, Betty, for stopping by and for the comment! I agree wholeheartedly. Nothing in this world can compare with the Freedom found in Christ!

    • Betty Johansen profile image

      Betty Johansen 

      8 years ago

      I wish everybody in the whole world could understand the point you made - God doesn't choose to make us His slaves, but we can choose to be slaves to sin and evil. This fact is the exact opposite of what many (lost) people believe. And the sad truth is that they don't even have a clue how wonderful it is to be emancipated from slavery to sin!

      A beautiful hub, christicue!

    • christicue profile imageAUTHOR

      Christi C. 

      8 years ago from Franklin, TN

      Amen heart4theword, you said it! We just need to keep running that race with perseverance and receive the grace He gives us every day! What a great and awesome God we have!!

    • heart4theword profile image


      8 years ago from hub

      Will be so glad when one day, there will be no more temptations. No more sin, no more consequences, and no more torment of our past mistakes! God is awesome, that He made a way for us to be in heaven one day free of this world.

    • www.lookseenow profile image


      8 years ago

      Ther's a big difference between will and choice. Free will is a gift that I apreciate. Nobody likes to be ordered, progarammed, or coerced. Adam was free to choose using his free will, but he made the wrong choice.

    • christicue profile imageAUTHOR

      Christi C. 

      8 years ago from Franklin, TN

      Thank you Dave. I love your question and when you really get to thinking about it you can become absorbed in paradoxes wrapped in paradoxes and hidden in shrouds of mystery! That is how God is I think. The opposite of every natural inclination and thought we could ever have. I think the fact that the tree was there in the garden was the beautiful demonstration of God's absolute unyielding love for us from the very beginning. He wasn't cruel, He told Adam & Eve what they needed to know. He withheld nothing. We, however, being His created beings, are not capable of being God. How could we ever spend eternity with God if we were never allowed to see our need for Him, His sovereignty and our inability to be like Him apart from Him. The fall of man was the only way for our eyes to be opened to this fact...and He prepared a way for it all to be reconciled. The beauty of relationship is that the more we seek Him and come to know Him intimately, the more we realize how insufficient we are apart from Him.

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      Dave Mathews 

      8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Beautifully done dear sister in Christ. There is one question left unexplained and unanswerable though.

      God being all knowing, ahd to know that if he placed temptation infront of man his creation that they were going to sin, tempted or not by lucifer, so the question on my mind is: Why did God, in his infinite knowledge and wisdom give to man "Free Choice"? Man would never have fallen to the temptation of lucifer if man were not freely permitted to choose because lucifer would never be able to tempt man. Man already had God's knowledge of goodness we know this because God instructs man to give names to everything living and to care for the land and be God's steward in the garden which man was doing.

    • christicue profile imageAUTHOR

      Christi C. 

      8 years ago from Franklin, TN

      Thank you www.lookseenow and Tamarajo.

      I am so glad we serve a Holy, merciful and gracious God.

      God bless you both!

    • Tamarajo profile image


      8 years ago

      ahh..the biggest lie around that we could be intimate with both good and evil and still maintain our relationship with God. It certainly is interesting that humans shook off their dependence on God for slavery to a harsh task master.

      Blessed meditation and insight.

    • www.lookseenow profile image


      8 years ago

      Good content, and good application of scripture. Especially (Genesis 3:1-6)

      Eve saw that the tree was good for food and that it was something to be longed for to the eyes. Eve had knowledge that was passed on to her by her husband. That’s why Satan approached her while Adam was absent.

      His subtle approach on her worked:

      “is it really so what God has said?”

      Later, and after she had given the correct information, she could not keep her eyes off of the tree, because the tree was desirable to look upon. So she began taking of its fruit and eating it.


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