There were consequences from the Fall of Adam and Eve immediately upon their first sin. There was no delay from the guilt that they felt. There was no hiding the fact that their communion with God which was so intimate before the Fall was now gone. There was the great condemnation from God of the judgment that they would face from Him that would last throughout their life, and ultimately, about the consequences that last to this day for all of us. But what of their life? Eve had disbelieved God’s threatening that they would die from eating of the tree, but what of the death that was promised? In the moment that Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden fruit their was that immediate death that had been threatened. It was an immediate death and it was far worse than physical death because the death that happened was a spiritual death.
The doctrine of the Fall of Adam and Eve has received much mythologizing over the ages and is a story that can be found amongst all of the cultures of the Earth in one form or another because as the children of Adam and Eve spread out across the Earth they would teach their children about what had happened to their first parents. But it is important to remember that when the Bible discusses the story of Adam and Eve, that it is not just telling a story but is presenting for us the history of what had happened in reality. There are many who regard the first 11 chapters of Genesis as being purely figurative. But to relegate this story to fiction and allegory would be to destroy the basis for the entire basis for the Bible as a whole.
The temptation itself is important to look at because of the lessons that we can learn from it. First of all, it is important to note that the Bible is clear that Satan was the tempter of Eve and that the Nefarious One came to Eve in the form of a serpent. When we look at Eve there are several conclusions that we must be able to make about the nature of the temptation. She must’ve doubted God’s goodness if she wanted to learn how to discern good and evil without God. If she had trusted God’s goodness then it should’ve been enough for her to rest with the knowledge that what God said was clean was clean, and that what God said was evil was evil. Eve must’ve disbelieved God’s threatening. If she had thought that she was going to die because of the sin, the only sin available to her, then she would not have invited that destruction on herself. More than that, we must recognize that Eve coveted the knowledge that she was forbidden to have by God. Like the fallen angels, Adam and Eve were completely ruined by the fall.