We may be well into eternity before we understand fully how much damage was caused by that one incident at the tree. All that God did during Creation week started to unravel. Relationships that God established were fractured:
between people and God (they hid from Him) , between each other (Adam blamed Eve for his trouble) , and between humans and the environment (the serpent became an enemy, the ground would now produce thorns and thistles, and would only provide food after much human sweat) .
Read Genesis 3:10-19. What did Adam’s and Eve’s excuses reveal about how damaged they had already become?
Notice how God dealt with these excuses. Before God could redeem them, Adam and Eve had to admit responsibility for what they had done; so, God carefully explained to them the results of their individual actions. First, though, the serpent was cursed and would eat dust, be loathed by the woman, and have its head bruised (Gen. 3:14, Gen. 3:15) .
Adam and Eve were now faced with the choice of either continuing in rebellion or returning to God. Accepting responsibility for their wrong was their first step in returning to God, but even that acknowledgment was not enough to solve the problem caused humanity by sin.
There had to be another way to ensure the future of the human race. So, God provided an animal sacrifice to point to a Savior (Gen. 3:21) . It was a creature, a snake, that had introduced them to sin, loss, and fractured relationships; it would be a creature, a lamb, that would point forward to the Deliverer, who would ensure restoration, reconciliation, and a future (see Gen. 3:15) . However, rather than being regents ruling over the earth, Adam and Eve were now dependent on the earth and each other as never before. “Among the lower creatures Adam had stood as king, and so long as he remained loyal to God, all nature acknowledged his rule; but when he transgressed, this dominion was forfeited.”-Ellen G. White, Education, p. 26.
Immediately after the Fall, we were given hope of salvation. See Genesis 3:15. How can you make that hope your own? How can you learn to rejoice in it, knowing that it applies to you, regardless of your past choices?