Sin is pervasive. It is the recurring enemy throughout the story of Scripture. After the setting of creation is in place, the conflict of the story bombards the reader of God’s glory story in Genesis 3–11. Sin after sin, rebellion after rebellion, and utter wickedness and depravity are recounted from the very first sin in the Garden of Eden to the climax of the sin at the Tower of Babel.
Adam and Eve’s transgression is not one of simple disobedience. It is a willful refusal not to participate in God’s glory story. Rather, they prefer to make a glory story of their own. Certainly they ate from the tree God said not to eat. But there is much more going on.