One day, Satan went to Eve disguised as a snake. He asked Eve, “Did God really say you can’t eat any of the fruit in the garden?” Eve told him, “No, we can eat from any tree in the garden. It’s only the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil we are not allowed to eat from—or even touch—or we will die.”
Trying to trick Eve, the snake said, “You won’t really die! God knows that when you eat the fruit from that tree your eyes will be opened, and you will become just like Him! You will know everything, both good and evil.” When Eve saw how delicious the fruit looked, she thought, “We will know everything!” Then she took some of it and ate it. She also gave some to Adam, who was with her, and he also ate it. They chose not to believe God and to believe the lie.
As soon as they ate the fruit, they realized they were naked; they were naked before, but now they were ashamed of their nakedness.
They picked fig leaves and put them together around their hips to cover their nakedness.
Toward evening, they heard God walking in the garden, so they hid themselves in some trees. God called to them, “Where are you?” and Adam answered, “I heard you coming and was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.”
God answered, “Why are you ashamed of being naked? Did you eat the fruit I told you not to eat?” Adam said, “It was the woman you gave me. She gave me some.” Then God said to Eve, “How could you do this?” Eve replied, “The snake tricked me into eating the fruit.” So God said to the snake, “Because you have done this, you and your kind are cursed to crawl on your belly and eat dust the rest of your life. You will be the enemy of men, women, and their sons. You will bite his heel, but he will crush your head.”
God’s heart was broken because they disobeyed Him. They didn’t believe God loved them and wanted what was best for them. He had to do something about it. Remember, God always does what is right and true, and He also cannot let disobedience just go. So God punished Adam and Eve by throwing them out of the Garden, outside of His care and protection.
Because Adam and Eve did not follow God’s ways, they were now going to get sick, feel pain, and eventually die. God told them, “Now because of what you have done, your life will not be easy. You will have many problems and feel pain, then you go back to the ground where you came from.”
God still loved Adam and Eve. He even created clothing for them out of animal skins so they would be covered outside of the garden. After removing Adam and Eve from the garden, God stationed powerful angels outside of the entrance to the garden. A flaming sword flashed back and forth, guarding the way to the Tree of Life. Humans would no longer be able to eat from the Tree of Life and live forever.