This morning, I was doubly blessed to find not just one but TWO questions. I’ll see if I can get to both of them today.
The first question comes from Olivia. “Pastor Craig: In the Garden of Eden, why do you think the serpent chose to tempt Eve, rather than Adam? I have often wondered about this.”
I have two thoughts about this. Both are a little outside of the box – so hang in there with me.
One of the things I’ve worked on over the years is to read the familiar stories of Scripture with brand new eyes. As if reading them for the first time. This may sound like an easy thing to do, but believe me when you’ve spent 3 years in seminary and 14 years reading biblical commentary, it is incredibly different to step out of the well warn readings and encounter the stories with a certain freshness.
With that said, here are two things that occurred to me in regard to your questions.
First, perhaps the servant chose Eve rather than Adam simply because she happened to come into proximity with the snake first. I know Genesis 1:6 says that Adam was with her that fateful day – but if Eve was anything like my mother, her quick strides very well could have put her at least a couple feet ahead of Adam as they walked 🙂
Second, perhaps the servant chose Eve because he sensed that she was strong enough (perhaps even stronger than Adam?) to deal with all of the challenges that would result from the potential outcomes of the circumstance.
I like to consider those possibilities because they take us away from the traditional uses of the story that often use the Scripture to belittle women or justify views that are less than satisfying – for both women and the men who care about them.
So how about you? What do you think?