Response. We know the question, “Did God actually say…?” The response to this did not happen a few days later after the woman had some time think about what was asked of her. She didn’t consult her husband and ask him what her response should be nor did she review with the man what God actually said. The woman also did not leave the scene or tell the serpent to leave the scene. This creature that was speaking to her was unusual and something out of the ordinary and should have been cause for caution; however, the woman had never had to be on guard or worried about the potentials of evil in a perfect place before this moment.
Response. “And the woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat of the trees in the garden,’ but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” (Genesis 3:2, 3). If we go back to Genesis 2:16, 17 and look at what God actually told the man we find, “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.’” This is the actual directive, “Don’t eat from one tree,” but the woman added to the directive of God and said they also could not touch it. Now maybe this was a safeguard that the man put into place in order to protect them from eating from this tree or maybe the woman put this added restriction on the tree to protect herself.
Response. In the woman’s response to the talking serpent, she shared with him part truth and part untruth. In her response, she is not actually telling the serpent what God actually said, rather she is adding her own take on what God actually said. She is adding to the words of God. According to Proverbs 30:5, 6 “Every word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you and you be found a liar.” The hedgerow of protection that Even may have been thinking she was building around herself or the additional restrictive that she added to God’s original command violates these verses in Proverbs. We are not to add to God’s word and yet that is what the woman chose to do: add to God’s word.
Response. Before any response, we should put it through the filter of the Bible. Our memories are flawed, our judgment is flawed, and our emotions are flawed. Paul said it so well in Ephesians 4:14 “So that we may no longer be children tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” We are easily deceived and must earnestly seek the truth and earnestly seek to live the truth. In the midst of a situation, as the woman in the garden, it can be difficult to know the right response or the right action if we base it solely on ourselves, rather we need the truth of Scripture and the leading of the Holy Spirit in order to respond as God would have us respond. It is never too late to start walking and living according to the truth.