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Friday, April 21, 2006

Gen. 3:1-24 The Fall of Man

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Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden?'"

2 The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'"

4 "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. 5"For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
Can anyone name the 3 things Eve did wrong? That's okay. I don't like those type of questions either! lol.

First of all, she should not have spoken to the serpent! Where is her husband? We will see why in just a moment. Secondly, He specifically stated, "The tree of the knowledge of good and evil." Did you notice even Satan knew this? Look at 3:5! Where did he come up with the knowledge of good and evil? Hmm. Also, He did not say you would die if you touch it.

Thirdly, she starting to doubt God by listening to Satan. As she continued to listen, she also became envious. She wanted to be like God! She believed God was holding back. This is why we do not listen to gossip, ugliness, lies, and the such. Also, always check it with the Word of God. Do not just try to make it the way you want it to be. I know. I've made that horrible mistake! I have always ended up the worse off for doing so.
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some ot her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
I guess he was right there with her! Why did he not act as a husband should, and protect his wife? Why did he allow her to stray from God? It appears he was not a very good husband.
7Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
They see their sin. I try, whenever that happens, to repent at once. Sometimes I have a problem with pride, however. I do not care how common it is here on earth, I must rid myself of it.
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?"

10 He answered, "I heard You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."

11 And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?"

12 The man said, "The woman you put here with me--she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it."
Note that many of us have a problem with taking responsibility for our own actions.
13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?"

The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
No, dear. You allowed yourself to be deceived. He did not put a gun to your head. You wanted to be like God. You chose to sin against God.
14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this,
"Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head, and you will strike His heel."
16To the woman He said,
I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you wil give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."
17To Adam He said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,
"Cursed is the ground because of you, through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.

18It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 19By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to that you will return."
20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.

22And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24After He drove the man out, He placed on the East side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
Wow. I cannot imagine how that feels. The closest I can come is when I sin big time. I know the devastation inside. The emptiness, lonliness, anger at myself and the world, fear, and utter defeat.

Do we ever really consider what it must be to disappoint God? We know what it is to disappoint a loved one. Is not God our first love? If not, why not?

This passage is sure more powerful when you type it than when you just glance over it. Even when I read it, it did not weigh so heavy on my mind. It was heavy, trust me. Maybe it is because it has been so long since I have been in the Word? Either way, it is a profound passage. Have a great and blessed day.
Originally posted 1/6/2006 @ 3:23 am


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