When The Woman Saw

Posted by on Jul 15, 2012

When The Woman Saw

“When The Woman Saw”

Scripture Text: Genesis 3:6

By Pastor Mike Withem
First Baptist Church
Ranson, West Virginia


A. If you know me at all, you know that I DON’T believe in the theory of evolution.
1. In other words, I don’t believe that life, as it exists today, evolved over a period of millions, if not billions of years.
2. I believe that God created all life during the six days of creation, and that life, as it exists today, is basically unchanged from it’s original forms.
3. And so, I do not believe in the theory of evolution. (By the way, there is a reason that they call it a “theory,” and that is because it is totally UNPROVEN.)

B. I do, however, believe that other things can evolve.
1. For example, I believe in the evolution of SIN.
2. In other words, I believe that sin usually begins as something other than sin, and then later EVOLVES into the act itself.
3. We have a perfect example of this here is Genesis 3.
4. When Eve made her fateful decision to partake of the forbidden fruit, it was not something that happened all at once.
5. There was a process.
6. There was a progression.
7. There was an evolution that took place.

C. Not only do I believe in the evolution of sin, I also believe that if we can understand this evolutionary process, we can avoid a lot of sin that we might otherwise find ourselves caught up in.
1. (Illus.- As you know, my ALL time favorite TV program is Andy Griffeth, and one of the main characters on the program was Deputy Barney Fife. Well, Barney had an expression that he used often, he would say, “Now we’ve got to ‘nip it, nip it in the bud!’”)
2. Do you know what that expression means?
3. According to UsingEnglish.com, it means “to deal with a problem when it is still small, BEFORE it grows into something far more serious.”
4. Well, whether you realize it or not, we can avoid a lot of sin by “nipping it in the bud.” (In other words, either by avoiding the process altogether, or by stopping the process EARLY ON.)
5. Barney was right, some things need to be “nipped in the bud,” especially when it comes to SIN!

D. Now what is the first step in the evolutionary process of sin? The first step is usually a simple…

I. Look.

A. There’s no doubt about it, Eve made her first mistake when she LOOKED.
1. Notice again the first part of Vrs. 6 of our text, “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes,” (Gen. 3:6)
2. (Illus.- I don’t know about you, but if I had been Eve, I do believe that I would have stayed so far away from that tree that it would have been impossible for me to even look upon it’s forbidden fruit.)

B. Clearly, there are some things that we should not even LOOK upon.
1. The prophet Job was a very wise man.
2. Notice what he said in Job 31:1, “I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?” (Job 31:1)
3. The word “maid” here means a YOUNG VIRGIN.
4. Job was a married man who understood the folly of ogling the young unmarried women who were, indeed, forbidden fruit.
5. In other words, why even “look,” when you know that you can’t “partake.”
6. The psalmist put it like this in Psa. 101:3, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes:” (Psa. 101:3)
7. In other words, “I will not even GAZE upon that which I know that I cannot have!”

C. But someone asks the question, “What’s wrong with just looking? As long as you don’t partake, what’s wrong with catching a glimpse from time to time.”
1. The problem is, a glimpse can very easily become a stare, and let’s not forget that the “EYES” are the “doorway to our MINDS.”
2. Jesus said it like this in Matt. 6:22-23, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness.” (Matt. 6:22-23)
3. The problem with looking at “forbidden fruit” is that, if you look long enough, a look can evolve into something far worse.

D. Let me give you some examples.
1. Do you know why God destroyed the world with a flood in the days of Noah?
2. You say, “Of course, it was because the world was so WICKED.” You’re right, but do you know WHY the world was so wicked?
3. Believe it or not, it all started with A LOOK.
4. Notice what the Bible says in Gen. 6:1-2, “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.” (Gen. 6:1-2)
5. Now contrary to what many would have us to believe, the “sons of God” were NOT angels, but rather the GODLY descendants of SETH.
6. The “daughters of men,” on the other hand, were the UNGODLY descendants of Seth’s brother, CAIN.
7. And so, the wickedness that filled the world in the days of Noah was the result of the godly descendants of Seth intermarrying with the ungodly descendants of Cain.
8. And that started with a LOOK!
9. “That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair;” (Gen. 6:2)

E. There are other examples of how simply looking at forbidden fruit can evolve into something far worse.
1. Do you remember the Bible character named “Achan.”
2. He and his whole family were stoned because he took of the forbidden spoils of Jericho.
3. But do you know how it all started?
4. It started with a LOOK.
5. Notice Achan’s own words recorded in Josh. 7:21, “When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight,” (Josh. 7:21)
6. King David is another great example of this.
7. We all know how David committed adultery with Bathsheba, but do you know how it all started?
8. It started with a LOOK.
9. Notice 2 Sam. 11:2, “And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.” (2 Sam. 11:2)
10. Now that’s where it ended, but clearly that is where it started.
11. In all of the above cases, in the case of “Eve,” in the case of the “sons of God,” in the case of “Achan,” and in the case of “David,” it all began with a LOOK!

F. And so, the first step in the evolution of sin is a simple look. The second step is…

II. Lust. (Desire)

A. Eve’s first mistake was a look, but as we see, her look very quickly turned to lust (desire).
1. Notice again Vrs. 6 of our text, “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired” (Gen. 3:6)
2. Notice the words, “….a tree to be desired.”
3. In 1 John 2:16 the Bible talks about the “lust of the flesh” in connection with the “lust of the eyes.”
4. Notice what it says, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes,” (1 John 2:16)
5. Why are these two things mentioned together?
6. Because one leads to the other.
7. The “lust of the eyes” leads to the “lust of the flesh.”

B. This is almost always the case.
1. When the “the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair,” a simple LOOK turned to LUST.
2. When Achan “saw…Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold,” a simple LOOK quickly turned to LUST.
3. When David “saw” Bathsheba “washing herself,” a simple LOOK turned to LUST.

C. Again, this is why we need to guard our eyes.
1. (Illus.- A friend of mine said to me once, “You want to go with me to look at new cars?” I said, “No, I don’t have the money to buy a new car and neither do you.” He said, “I know, I just like to look.” You know, looking at new cars can be dangerous, especially if you can’t afford one. You know what happens, you look at the new car, you get behind the wheel, you smell that “new car smell,” and before you know it, you WANT one! Look turns to lust.)
2. (Illus.- A few weeks ago I walked through our kitchen and noticed a box of Krispy Creme donuts on the counter. I immediately said to myself, “I am not going to eat any of those donuts.” The last few times that I have gone to my physician for my 6-month check-up, he told me that my sugar level was a little high and that I should avoid sweets as much as possible. Well, I saw that box of Krispy Creme donuts and immediately I said to myself, “I am NOT going to eat any of those donuts.” However, each time I walked by that box of donuts, I would look at it. At first, it was just a glance, but before long, my glances turned into stares. And then I made my fatal mistake. I stopped and actually opened the box and saw the donuts, all lined up in a row. Very quickly my look turned to lust and you know the rest of the story!)

D. And so, the second step in the evolution of sin is lust (desire). The third and final step in the evolution of sin is the…

III. Leap. (Actual Act)

A. After Eve had looked at the forbidden fruit, her LOOK turned to LUST (desire), and then her desire resulted in her taking that fatal LEAP.
1. Notice again Vrs. 6 of our text, “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat,” (Gen. 3:6)
2. Do you see the progression here?
3. Eve “saw,” she “desired,” then she “took.”
4. The “sons of God” saw, they desired, then they took.
5. “Achan” saw, he desired, and then he took.
6. “David” saw, he desired, ant then he took.
7. And that’s exactly what happened to me with those donuts, I saw, I desired, and then I took!

B. By the way, once you take the leap, there is NO going back.
1. You can look, and turn back.
2. You can even lust, and turn back.
3. But once you take that leap, there is no turning back.
4. It’s like leaping out of an airplane (hopefully with a parachute), once you take that leap, there is NO GOING BACK!

C. There is one more step in the progression of sin that I want to call your attention to before I close.
1. Let me ask you a question, “What happened when Eve partook of the forbidden fruit?”
2. She died, not physically, but spiritually.
3. She also began to die, physically, because from that point on, she was no longer allowed to eat from the tree of life.
4. Now notice what the Bible tells us in Jam. 1:14-15, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” (Jam. 1:14-15)
5. When sin is allowed to run it’s FULL course, the end is always death.


A. Now what have we learned about the evolution of a sin?
1. We’ve learned that it is a three step process.
2. It begins with a LOOK.
3. A look then progresses into LUST.
4. Lust then produces the final LEAP.
5. And don’t forget, that final leap can be LETHAL.

B. Now WHY is it important that we understand the evolution of a sin? It’s important because this will enable us to, as Barney Fife so ably put it, NIP many sins in the bud. You see, sin is like a cancer, if we can catch it in the early stages, we can save ourselves and avoid the heartache and grief that usually follows.
C. But perhaps I am speaking to someone this morning who does not have a relationship with God.
1. You are not a Christian.
2. You have never been saved.
3. If you were die right now, you wouldn’t go to heaven.
4. While that is very sad, there is something that