The Voice to Listen To

By: Rabbi

And He said to the man, Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat from it, the ground shall be cursed because of you; you shall eat of it in sorrow all the days of your life. Gen 3:17

As soon as I read this verse, I understood what went wrong here. As my study of Scripture increases, Adonai is gracious to share with me some things about these great old stories. In this one, a great lesson is learned.

Of course, there will be those that say, "If only Eve hadn't..." Blah, blah, blah. We all know by now that Adam, the man of the house, was right there the whole time. But that isn't the real truth behind the story.

As one reads this story, we can see that Adam was there, and the serpent did trick Eve, and she gave it to her husband. The real truth of this story is found in the beginning of this simple verse..."Because you have listened to the voice of your wife..."

Now, before you think that this is about 'wife bashing' or even 'Eve bashing' keep reading. Like I said, there is a great underlying truth here.

When G-d told Adam that listening to her was wrong, there are a few things that we must understand first. G-d wasn't saying that a man listening to his wife is wrong. That isn't the point. Every man should respectfully listen to his wife. It is our duty and brings honor to her.

The real truth here is that Adam listened to the voice of his wife... ABOVE the voice of G-d. That is the real issue here. The man, that Head of the House with the weight of accountability on his shoulders, should heed the words of Adonai above all, first and foremost, now and always. As well, he should instill them into his family. As he was there during the conversation, Adam had a duty to tell Eve not to listen to the serpent. He had a duty to order her to put the fruit down. He had every right to take it from her hand and crush it under his heel.

But he didn't. He did nothing to prevent it from occurring. He failed to listen to the voice of G-d above all else. We must heed the word of the L-rd above all other voices of family, of friends, and of the world. May the voice of the L-rd be the voice that we follow, all the days of our lives.

- Rabbi

Barukh atah Adonai Elohenu Melekh HaOlam
Blessed are you, Oh L-rd our G-d, Ruler of the Universe