1Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6And 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, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
8And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 9And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
14And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
16Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
17And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
22And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 23Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 24So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Now we come to the major turning point in the history of mankind, where man is tempted for the first time and sins by disobeying God’s command and they lose paradise.
But before we start on the exposition of this passage I just want to bring you to a time before the creation even started, even before God said “let there be light”.
Sometime before the creation, God was the only being. Then He created the angels to serve Him and glorify Him.
We are told of 3 separate angels in the Bible, although it is certain that there are a lot more than three angels, yet only 3 are mentioned by name: Michael, Lucifer, and Gabriel.
If I understand correctly, there are a few different levels of authority between the different ranks of Angels. The ranks that are mentioned are The Prince, Archangels, Cherubim, and Seraphim, probably more but none spring to mind at this present time.
So when the angels were created Michael, Lucifer, and probably Gabriel, were all Archangels, and Lucifer was the prince of the Angels.
But Lucifer became very power hungry, and wanted to assassinate God Himself, and become god over all things, wanting all creation to bow down before him. But God being God all powerful, He defeated Lucifer and punished him by casting him out of Heaven and out of the presence of God. Lucifer became known as Satan or the Devil.
And ever since that day Satan has been plotting to overthrow God, and this instance which we read of in this chapter is the first part of the plot where Satan is trying to recruit mankind into His army!
1Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Subtil here could be better spelt subtle in modern English. The word could also be translated Crafty. Meaning that the Serpent, who is really the Devil incarnated, had a form of wisdom which he used for his own selfish motives.
Don’t you think it must have been strange to Eve that a snake spoke to her? Perhaps it was at first, but that was the beginning of creation, there was a lot of new things to learn, and so I think Eve was used to surprises and this just felt like another strange yet normal occurrence.
I often think that there are probably a lot of supernatural things happening on the earth and yet we don’t even notice them, or our brain interoperates the occurrence as some kind of mundane experience. The reason why Eve would have noticed was because that she was awaiting unnatural things to happen, yet we are not.
Now the Devil speaks, and these are the first ever recorded words of his in the Word of God. “Hath God said?” His intention is to cause doubt about our understanding of the Word of God. Does this sound familiar? This is very similar to a lot of modern teachings which try to twist the wording of the Scriptures by trying to make it sound like the Bible means the exact opposite of what it really means.
2And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
There were loads of trees in that Garden, Eve would have been able to just go out and pick a hundred different kinds of fruit, all different in taste yet all so sweet to the tongue.
3But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Yet for all the generosity of The Lord in providing all these trees of the forest, there was one tree that was forbidden to eat. And what is forbidden is of utter importance to curiosity. If it’s forbidden there must be something special about it.
There were two trees in the middle of the Garden: The tree of life, and the tree of the Knowledge of good and evil. And notice that the Tree of life was not forbidden, yet neither Adam nor Eve ever took of the fruit thereof. For if they had eaten of it they would never have died and they will have lived forever. It makes me wonder what would have happened if Eve would have taken the immortal fruit before taking of the fruit of knowledge, but in God’s providence that never happened so all is speculation.
4And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
The Devil is a liar! This was 100% lie, and the Devil knew that, but he also knew that that was the only way that he could get Eve to eat the fruit.
5For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Now this part was 99% true with only a little element of deceit in it. It has been well said that the worst lies are 99% true, because it makes them all so much easier to believe. But realise that one day all your lies will come to the surface however well woven they are, the truth is there and will expose you for what you really are: A liar!
The Devil knew that if Eve were to eat of the fruit that she will become like God Himself, full of knowledge. Yet here is the element of falsehood, we are nothing like God for we have sin and selfishness which clouds all the supposed wisdom which we should have received from that fruit.
But in some way the fruit has worked in that we no longer desire the fruit of the tree of Knowledge, we now desire the fruit of the tree of life, which should have been Adam and Eve’s primary concern while in the garden of Eden.
To illustrate this we can look at the young school boy who hates going to school, and wishes that school was over that he may get on with enjoying his life because he realises that it is very short and soon will be over. And the young man who goes to university to study medicine, not because he has a desire for knowledge, but he has a desire for a great income that he may use all that money for a better quality of life, for he knows how short that life will be.
Yet others realise that there life is so short they try to find some meaning in it, like taking on a very self sacrificial role as a nurse or a doctor, hoping that that will make future generations remember them after their death hoping that in so doing they may live on after death in the minds of those they leave behind.
And the cry of all is cursing Adam and Eve for taking the fruit of Knowledge over the fruit of Life.
But we as Christians have overcome Adam and Eve’s failing of not taking of the fruit of the tree of life, by being given life through Jesus Christ who died for our sins upon the cross.
All praise to the Lord!
But we much carry on...
6And 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, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Here Eve fell into temptation, and sinned against God, and then caused Adam to sin also.
You can see here the power of the group, Adam didn’t want to be the odd one out by not easting the fruit, and so because both Eve and the Serpent were saying it’s great and Adam should also eat, he gave into the crowd spirit.
You should too be careful of being taken over by a crowd spirit. You might have a load of non-Christian friends, who you often hang out with in a group, and when they all start swearing and taking the name of The Lord in vain, you just join in because you don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb. You might think that you are stronger than all that, but I don’t think that there’s any human who can really stand out from the mob. So my advice to you is make sure that the friends you hang out with are those that love the Lord, then all the group pressure will be to serve the Lord and to bless His name!
7And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
You see here that the knowledge had immediate effect, they realised that they were naked and decided to do something about it. They made themselves clothes. And to this day it is a sin and against the laws of the land to walk around publically naked. Unless you happen to be a model or a film star then somehow there seems to be an exception for them, as if they were above the law. But there is no-one who is above the law of God!
To take this story as an allegory can be a very interesting picture of Sin.
We are going to look at Adam and Eve as sinners dead in trespasses and sins, but when the Holy Spirit shows them their sins, then they feel their nakedness, or their sins, and seek for some kind of forgiveness of their sins. Some people make clothing for themselves, which typifies people trying to do loads of good works to make up for the sins which they have committed. But we as Christians realise that we will have no forgiveness of sins until we accept the clothing which God has made for us which takes away our sins by the sacrifice which Christ made when He died upon the cross bearing our sins.
Well it seems as if I babble on a bit too much, we have only been able to get through the first 7 verses, but I hope to continue the subject in our next session.
I pray that the Lord will use these sermons for His own honour and His own glory!