Genesis Chapter 3
Chapter 3: The Fall of Man
The talking Serpent:
Hebrew word for Serpent is nakhash- This is a literal translation for serpent not a figurative one. Yes lucifer himself is depicted as a serpent including in the book of revelation. However we are dealing with the literal here, a literal talking serpent.
So right out of the gate here Eve has her hands full with this talking serpent that you would think has a Harvard law degree by the way this animal is presenting a case. Now should Eve of been SHOCKED, FREAKED, BEFUDDLED that she was having an actual conversation with a serpent?!!! Well lets break this down shall we…Eden is supposed to be an extension of Heaven, the ideal.
Now lets look at our fallen world for a moment, parrots, parrots can talk, African grey's especially can have vast vocabularies, put sentences together and even reason. There is actually an African grey Parrot named Petra who knows how to use amazon’s alexa and is constantly asking alexa to turn the lights on and off.
Also Dolphins, beluga whales, even dogs can learn to say human words! So if Eden is an extension of heaven, the ideal, it is not so far fetched to think that many of the animals in the garden had some ability to vocalize their thoughts. This serpents nature was cunning, skilled in deceit is what the amplified Bible says. So this serpent thrives on deception and for many reasons this is why lucifer himself is labeled as such and the serpent becomes the poster child, the mascot of the enemy and who he is.
Revelation 12:9-11: (This is the cross reference:) 9 (And the great dragon was thrown down, the age-old serpent who is called the [a]devil and Satan, he who continually deceives and seduces the entire inhabited world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying,
“Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom (dominion, reign) of our God, and the authority of His Christ have come; for the [b]accuser of our [believing] brothers and sisters has been thrown down [at last], he who accuses them and keeps bringing charges [of sinful behavior] against them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame and conquered him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, for they did not love their life and renounce their faith even when faced with death.
So right off the bat in genesis 3:1 the serpent turns it around on Eve and poses it to her as a question: Did God REALLY say that you shall not eat from any tree of the garden. What he is doing is deceptively setting this question up for Eve to be baited into saying they can eat from the trees of the garden.
Genesis 3:2-3 READ:
In Genesis 3:4 -what does the serpent do he immediately negates the last and MOST IMPORTANT part of the instruction?? THE CONSEQUENCE.
VS 4”You certainly WILL NOT die!!!”
(CROSS REFERENCE): 2 Corinthians 11:3:
But I am afraid that, even as the serpent beguiled Eve by his cunning, your minds may be corrupted and led away from the simplicity of [your sincere and] pure devotion to Christ.
This serpent tells the BIGGEST DIRTIEST lie in History. If he was Pinocchio his nose would of stretched around the entire earth! For God knows that on the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened [that is, you will have greater awareness], and you will be like God, knowing [the difference between] good and evil.
Here is the set up for this lie and the foundation: That the Lord is threatened by Adam and Eve and is trying to keep them from reaching their full potential by keeping them from partaking of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because when they eat of it THEY WILL BECOME JUST LIKE GOD AND KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL” LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE!!!
Eve saw 3 things:
1. The tree was good for food
2. It was delightful to look at
3. A tree to be desired to make one wise and insightful
Vs 6-Eve takes the fruit off the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and eats of it which is bad enough. However she also gives the fruit to Adam to eat and he foolishly eats of this fruit right here she has made an active choice to choose the words of the serpent over what her Creator Almighty God has told her. She chose the words of an animal, a created being from the dust of the earth, over the Creator of ALL things, Almighty God. This had to do with greed as well.
There were SO many trees and plants in Eden to eat from, the majority 99 percent they were given full permission by the Lord to eat from. And still they were not satisfied and went for the 1 percent. There was life in the 99 percent there was death in the one- and here we can connect the verse He leaves the 99 to go after the one!
“What do you think?
If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them gets lost, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountain and go in search of the one that is lost? 13 And if it turns out that he finds it, I assure you and most solemnly say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that did not get lost. 14 So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones be lost.
Genesis 7: READ:
So the veil that had been intentionally placed there by the Lord to protect them, fell off!!! Imagine the reaction when they realized they had been frolicking through that garden naked?!!!!
What is key here is in that moment they disobeyed in that moment they sinned, shame entered, they were ashamed they were naked. That was the first time they ever felt shame and conviction.
So what do they do, they try to cover up their shame by sowing fig leaves together. Now I find fig leaves an interesting choice her and I will tell you why:
1. Fig leaves are quite large so a few of them can make a covering
2. Fig leaves have 5 points! Keep in mind that the "5" is the number of grace and in this case their period of grace in the garden of Eden had come to a screeching halt.
3. Mark 11:12-14:
On the next day, when they had left Bethany, He was hungry. 13 Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if He would find anything on it. But He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 He said to it, “No one will ever eat fruit from you again!” And His disciples were listening [to what He said].
So figs are related to a curse of not bearing fruit. All that tree had on it was leaves. And it was the leaves of the fig tree that Adam and Eve used to cover up their nakedness.
They kept themselves hidden from the presence of God because now a barrier called sin has caused a divide. Adam and Eve were now shamed and afraid, so this is where fear enters too, to stand before the Lord in their nakedness.
The Lord already knows what they have done, this is why I believe He came looking for them. However now they must FACE HIM and ADMIT their sin.
This is where a game show begins in the Garden of Eden Called The Blame Game!!
1. Adam says “The woman YOU gave me, she is the one who gave me the fruit.” Notice the woman YOU gave me Lord did it!!
2. So now the Lord turns to Eve and questions her: Eve’s response-The Serpent beguiled her and deceived her
Definition of beguiled: charm or enchant (someone), sometimes in a deceptive way. So in a way to put a spell upon them that lures them into agreement.
So, now it’s the serpents fault why this whole debacle took place, however the serpent was merely a tool of the enemy, this is how lucifer chose to get in to back door of the garden of Eden. The Lord had to punish the one who is driving this plot just as much as He must punish the tool used to carry the plot out, the serpent.
3. So, now the Lord turns to the serpent and this is where we see the Lord as the Righteous Judge because now there are verdicts about to be handed down.
NOTE: He turns to the Serpent: Genesis 3:14-15 READ
So we can see by this that more than likely serpents had legs before the fall. So relegating the serpent and all its kind to move on there belly and eat the dust of the earth was a sever punishment for at that moment the serpent became cursed more than cattle and would be openly hated by men from that day forward. In verse 3:15, is where this gets very interesting because this is as much prophetic as it is a sentence.
Here it speaks of the seed of the woman, it has been said that the redeeming of humanity began with Abel, however when Abel was murdered by his brother Cain the Lord caused Eve to conceive and she bore Seth.
Adam knew [Eve as] his wife again; and she gave birth to a son, and named him Seth, for [she said], “God has granted another child for me in place of Abel, because Cain killed him.” Seth was the righteous line the Messiah would ultimately be birthed from.
It is the first mention that a redeemer would come, Jesus Christ, and indeed was the beginning of a long line of prophecies concerning the coming of Jesus and His dying for the sins of the world.
Fatally bruise the head in Genesis 3:15 refers to the ultimate defeat of satan and him being thrown in the lake of fire. Its talking of a fatal blow, crushing the head is the crushing of the leadership.
The Bruising of the heel spoken of in Genesis 3:15 refers to Jesus on the cross, one of the nails driven into the area of the heal. The enemy would only bruise the heal because Jesus rose again in 3 days and his body was restored. A bruise is not permanent, a bruise is a small wound inflicted from a localized force. The enemy ultimately fell for the set up because his disturbing desire to kill Jesus ultimately backfired on him as man was purchased by the blood of the lamb, redeemed, and reconciled back to the Father.
The Lord, acting as the Righteous Judge, turns to Eve:
1. GREATLY multiplied pain in child birth- which means child birth was not going to be as it is today. Because today its like blowing a turkey out your nose! Or so I hear- so that multiplication of pain came from choosing as an act of their will to defy the Living God. Disobedience multiplies pain perhaps. However even in that pain she will continue to desire her husband.
2. Her desire and longing would be for her husband and he will rule (with authority) over her and be responsible for her.
A human female is unique among mammalian creatures in this respect. Animal females generally bear their young without pain and rarely sicken and die during or from the experience. Women, on the other hand, always experience pain and grief throughout their pregnancies—from morning sickness to contractions—and have historically had a very high mortality rate from childbirth. Better nutrition and hygiene have cut the numbers of deaths dramatically, but the pain and grief remain.
This curse on Eve has a direct relationship with the end of the curse on the serpent, which involves the woman's "seed," both general and specific (Genesis 3:15). We can infer that God intends us to understand that, because of sin, producing "seed" to fight Satan and his seed will be made more difficult. In a spiritual sense, the church, "the mother of us all," endures great hardship in producing children of God.
Thus, the Bible testifies, "the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force" (Matthew 11:12), "We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22), and "all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution" (II Timothy 3:12). Even the sinless Christ, the promised Seed, was "a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief" (Isaiah 53:3), forced by sin—yet willing—to bear the agonies of human life and death to become the Son of God, the Firstborn among many brethren.
Reference: Bibletools.org-forerunner commentary
The lord, the righteous Judge turns to Adam:
1. The ground would now be under a curse because of him.
2. In sorrow and toil he shall now eat the fruit of it all the days of his life, and the lives thereafter.
3. Both thorns and thistles would come forth from the earth.
4. He would now eat the plants of the field.
5. By the sweat of his face he would eat bread until he returns to the ground.
So, basically Adam would no longer be able to rely on the fact that food would just grow and be there for him and Eve with little to no work on his part. He was going to have to toil to bring forth crops from the earth. That he would eat bread now by hard labor (the sweat of his brow)
For from it you were taken (the ground), For you are dust, and to dust you shall return
Now genesis 3:21 is very important this is where the first animals had to be killed for clothing in order to now clothed Adam and Eve.
Before this, the Lord’s original plan in Eden was for all animals to be herbivores and plant eaters strictly. That man were to be herbivores and plant eaters strictly. God never originally intended for us to hunt animals or eat animals AT ALL. When Adam and Eve did what they did they basically caused a curse to fall upon all the lord had created, the living creatures, this is when sin entering too caused animals to prey upon each other and all animals were no longer herbivores.
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Right here is why the Lord banished Adam and Eve from the garden. Because if they after eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and Evil, now went and took from the tree of life and ate, it would solidify matters were man would live in this fallen sinful condition forever unable to be redeemed. The Lord banished them from the garden in order to protect them and stop them from making matters even worse, solidifying what they had just done so there could be no redemption. The banishing from the garden were the very first steps the lord took to redeem man. They could not have access to eternity until the Lord dealt with their sin.
So, Adam and Eve were sent away and they would now have to till and cultivate the ground from which they came, So the Lord drives them out at the East of the Garden of Eden and permanently stations a cherubim, a specific type of angel.
Cherubim are described as serving the will of God, performing divine duties in the earthly realm. Their initial responsibility was protecting the Garden of Eden as referenced in the book of Genesis.
These Cherubim had a flaming sword as mentioned in the king James which turns in every direction to protect and guard the way to the tree of life in order to prevent man from solidifying their separation from God for All Eternity. For even though the Lord was incredibly grieved at what had taken place, he could not bare separation from man for all eternity and immediately created a plan to redeem man and reconcile them back to Him through raising up the Messiah through the righteous line of Abel and Seth In genesis Chapter 4. We will cover Genesis Chapter 4 next week.