How long was Adam in the Garden of Eden before he ate the Forbidden Fruit?
Scripture does not explicitly say how long after Creation the Fall occurred. Based on some Scriptural hints, I think it happened soon — within a week to a month.
Jesus seems to hint that the Fall occurred near the Beginning when He described Satan as “a murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44). The serpent’s lie to Eve resulted in death to Adam and Eve and death to all their descendants, certainly qualifying Satan as the murderer Jesus says he was “from the beginning.”
Adam was 130 at Seth’s birth which followed Cain’s murder of Abel. The population had to be fairly large at that time because Cain worried about people killing him as he wandered the earth. No children were born before the Fall, so the Fall must have been close to Creation in order to produce a significant population from multiple generations in at most 130 years. (Genesis 5:3; 4:25; 4:1-15)
A more particular indication of how long Adam was in Eden may be deduced from Eve’s timeline. Eve was the first wife and mother, created to be Adam’s companion and helper and to bear his children. Her first child Cain was conceived after expulsion from Eden (Genesis 4:1). Before the Fall, the human reproductive system would be working perfectly, and Adam and Eve would be in complete harmony. God had commanded them to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth (Genesis 1:28). Prior to the Fall, they would have been obedient to this first command from Yahweh. Their physically perfect bodies could have conceived in the first reproductive cycle.
Why didn’t Eve conceive in the Garden of Eden? I think it was because Adam and Eve must not have stayed in Eden long enough to reach the fertile portion of a reproductive cycle. Provided the cycle was the same length before the Fall as after the Fall, they were probably expelled from Eden within two weeks, at most a month, after Creation. They may have only been in the Garden of Eden for a few days.
Satan, who tempted Eve to sin, must have rebelled and fallen from his state of perfection after Yahweh pronounced all of Creation “very good” on Day Six (Genesis 1:31) and before Adam’s fall not long thereafter.
Questions to Ponder
- How long would you have lasted in Eden before succumbing to Satan’s temptation to eat the Forbidden Fruit?
- What lie against God’s truth is Satan dangling before you today?
Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.
Soli Deo Gloria.
This is the eleventh of a series of weekly blog articles on Adam.
Read the prequels:
1. Was Adam in the Garden of Eden?
2. Did Moses Believe in Adam?
3. Did Jesus Believe in Adam?
4,Did Paul Believe in Adam?
5.Does Belief in Adam Matter?
6.Adam and Puppies
7.Why Did Adam Sin?
8.What Should Adam Have Done?
9.What Did Adam Cause?
10.What Was Adam’s Forbidden Fruit?
Read the sequels:
12. Was Adam’s Garden of Eden Real?
13. Christmas & Adam (with videos)
14. Where Was Adam’s Garden of Eden?
15. Did Adam Wear Clothes in Eden?
16. Was Adam Backward or Brilliant? (with video)
17. Who Was Mrs. Adam?
18. Adam’s Dream Girl
19. Adam’s Prolific Princess
20. Adam’s Problematic Princess
21. How Many Children Did Adam Have?
22. Whom Did Adam’s Sons Marry?
23. Did Adam Ride a Unicorn?
24. How Long Did Adam Live?
25. Did Adam Swat Mosquitoes in Eden?
26. Did Adam’s Garden Have a Talking Snake?
27. Why Should Adam’s Sin Affect Me?
28. Did Roses Have Thorns in Adam’s Garden?
29. Adam the Image-Bearer & Harambe the Gorilla
30. Did Adam Ever Return to Eden?
31. What Was Adam’s Tree of Life?
32. Will Adam Be in Heaven?
33. Did Adam See the Big Dipper?
34. Did Adam Know Earth Is Round?
35. Did Jesus Say When Adam Was Created?
36. Did Adam See Dinosaurs?
37. Did Adam Like Steak?
38. Could Adam Read & Write?
39. Did God Use Evolution to Make Adam?
40. Adam & the Olympics
41. Adam and the Gospel
42. Adam and the Genesis Road
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Wednesday December 9, 2015 A.D.
The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from 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.”
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. (Genesis 2:16; 3:1-6)