When the woman saw that the fruit of the vine was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. — Genesis 3:6 (NIV)
Do you know who the serpent represents? There are three crosses in the picture that let us know God had a plan all along to deal with sin. Can you find them? The artist was surprised that some people have found the word "sin" in the painting, since he did not plan for it to be there. Can you see it?
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” — Genesis 3:1 (NIV)
God wants us to love Him because we want to, not because we have to, so He made Man with the freedom to choose. We make many choices every day, don’t we? But there was a problem. The tree in the middle of the Garden was so beautiful and the fruit looked so good that Eve wanted to believe the Serpent when he told her God didn’t really mean they would die if they ate it. Because Adam and Eve chose the wrong thing and did the only thing God told them not to do, mankind was no longer perfect. Now, because we’re “only human” too, we often make the wrong choices. Can you think of choices you made just today that you wish you had decided differently? God warns us in I Peter 5:8 “that old serpent Satan” is still looking for anyone he can trick and destroy. If we don’t choose to obey God, we’ll fall for Satan’s lies.