When taking a look at Adam and Eve and the Scripture surrounding their sin, it’s easy to see a couple of lies that they bought into. Those lies seem to have stuck and around and really affect our lives today… to the extent that we probably don’t realize we’re saying the same thing that our first parents did.
The first lie was did God really say? That’s discussed here.
The second is found just after Adam and Eve sin, and God comes looking for them…
But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” – Genesis 3:9-13
Passing the buck, when it comes to taking responsibility for our sin, is what Adam and Eve did.
When Adam was questioned, his answer: “It was the woman you gave me.” He passed the buck not only on his wife, Eve, but he also attempted to blame God.
When Eve was questioned, her answer: “I was deceived by the serpent.”
We do that so quickly though don’t we?
- Guys blame their lust and objectifying of women on the fact that they’re guys and they’re “supposed to do that”.
- Both men and women blame their blatant gluttony on the fact that they may have a genetic propensity to easily gain weight.
- Others blame God for their sin because “I asked Him to take away the temptation and desire, but He didn’t so it must be OK.”
We’ve apparently been doing it since the beginning.
Jesus became our scapegoat. He became, not the excuse for our sin, but the solution. Jesus didn’t die on the cross for us to have excuses for our sin. He died so that we could walk free of them.
So the worst thing we can do, is repeat what our first parents did and pass the buck. The best thing we can do, is respond to God’s grace by recognizing that we’re responsible for our sin and allow Holy Spirit and others to help us deal with it.