Genesis 3:12-13 The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What have you done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
Have you ever heard of "pointing the finger or the blame game?" Well, I am sure we all have because it lives in people in every community, city, state family and country around the world.
The "blame game" is no respecter of person for it uses whomever is willing and available. Age, gender nor nationality matters.
Throughout life the "blame game" is constantly played. Siblings blaming one another and their parents, others point the finger at God and blame Him too. Some blame friends, coworkers, neighbors, church brothers and sisters, spouses,, relatives and on and on with pointing the finger at others and not self.
In this text, we will see where "pointing the finger or the blame game" first began. It started with our first parents, Adam Eve and was passed on to every human being from that moment forward.
When God had created Adam and placed him in the garden of Eden where he would live and care for it, God gave him this command that is found in Genesis 2:15 -16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.
After having given the command to eat of any tree except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, God created the woman and gave her to Adam.
One day while in the garden, the woman (Eve) was having a conversation with the serpent who convinced her with these words found in Genesis 3:1-And he said to the woman, “Has God said, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’?
Eve's response to the serpent and their continued conversation is found in Genesis 3:2-6- And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit from the trees of the garden; 3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You will not eat of it, nor will you touch it, or else you will die. 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! 5 For God knows that on the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasing to the eyes and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
Satan points his finger at God by stating that what God had commanded was not what God commanded. In doing so, He made Eve doubt God and believed him.
Isn't that just like satan? That is why we are exhorted and commanded to study the Word of God so that we will know the truth about what God has to say to us concerning us and what is required of us.
Not only did the serpent pointed the finger at God as being one who was not clear in what He was saying, we also find Adam and Eve pointing the finger also and blaming one another.
When God questioned both Adam and Eve, each one of them had an excuse as to who was the blame for their sin. Let's listen to vs#11- 13- He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What have you done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
When God confronted Adam and Eve about their sin, we see our first parents response. Adam pointing the finger at Eve and Eve "finger pointing" the serpent.
Who or what are you "pointing the finger" at as the cause of your current or past situations or circumstances?
Are you living your life in the "blame game?" Or, have you taken responsibility for your own sin?
It is now time to stop "pointing the finger" and start taking responsibility for our own sins.
Just like Adam and Eve, we too have a choice!
The command was given to Adam and Eve directly from the mouth of God. The command is given to us directly from the mouth of God through the Word of God called the bible. Therefore, we too are without excuse!
Stop blaming others for your problems! Stop pointing the finger!
It is time for all of us to take a good look at the man in the mirror!!
It is the person in the mirror, not the ones we blame will have to answer for our sins.
We are told in Romans 14:12-Each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
In this text, we see where God did not collectively asked Adam and Eve about their sin, He asked each one individually.
Who is living out the wrath of your blame game or finger pointing?
To whom or where is your finger being pointed? To self or towards others?