The serpent was crafty; more so than any of the other animals the Lord had made as explained in Genesis 3. Eve fell into the trap of deception presented by the serpent; that God really didn’t mean what He said and that it was okay to eat the fruit from the middle of the garden. The serpent even suggested that the fruit from that tree was better than the other fruit because it would provide insight into knowing the difference between good and evil (v. 5).
Eve gave in to the temptation presented by the serpent by reasoning that the fruit in the middle of the garden looked delicious plus she believed the lie of the serpent that it would give wisdom. She ate the fruit of the tree and then gave some to Adam who ate it too. Then they realized that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves (v. 7).
Afterwards, they heard God walking in the garden but they hid from Him. They no longer wanted to be around God and were ashamed because of their sin. Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent. Isn’t this how we are today; always blaming others or even God for our sins and problems?
The effect of the fall continues today. The serpent was cursed (v. 14), women suffer pain in child bearing (v. 16), the ground was cursed (v. 17-19) so that humanity has to toil and sweat to make a living, and every person’s body will deteriorate; die and return to dust.
Even though many want to continue to run and hide from God today, the amazing thing is that He continues to seek us and wants to be with us. God even has provided a way for ultimate victory over our human condition. The way is through accepting Christ as Savior.