- Now the serpent was more subtile 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?
The serpent was the most cunning/crafty creation (He was created by God). He “said” unto the woman. (the serpent spoke. And since woman wasn’t scared, it means it wasn’t totally strange for a beast to speak. Other cases of animals speaking appear further in the scripture, but we are sticking to what is here. then he asked her “has God said you shall not eat of every tree?” – a very cunning question. He already twisted it around. God did say that, but there was an exception the serpent didn’t add.
- And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden :
Woman realized the cunningness of the question and did not say yes or no. instead, she said it back in the right sentence. “we may eat of every fruit of the garden”.
- But 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.
Except that one in the middle/center. We can’t touch it, not to talk of eating.
- And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die :
The serpent then said “Ye shall not SURELY die.” The same word “SURELY”. (is it possible to die and it would not be surely?)
Note that I explained it in Genesis 2:17, complete death in all areas of life. The serpents words could be interpreted as “you will die, but not surely”.(if any sense can be made out of that). He twisted the phrase to keep her from seeing a clear picture of what he meant.
- For 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.
The day you eat it, your eyes will be open (meaning her eyes were closed from somethings – as said by the serpent). “you shall be like Gods” (some versions say “you shall be like God”), knowing good and evil. Now from past readings, we can see that God has the knowledge of good and evil. How? Its all in Genesis 1:10, 12, 18, 25, 31. “and God saw that it was good”. He is able to distinguish. but man had It not.
“you shall be like God” – The serpent already assumed that humans would have the thirst for power/greatness. He had to use something to lure her and to get her to think and consider what he hath said, and since he had her audience, there was no distraction, so she was focused on his word.
Also understand that man was already created in Gods image. Yet he wanted to be more like God.
This is the same way negative thoughts operate and the reason for the phrase ‘an idle man, the devils workshop’. she sat there idle and conversed with the serpent for so long, giving ear to what he had to say…
- And 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.
Now all of a sudden, the tree looked good for food to her. But it wasn’t, initially. But in that moment, it suddenly became attractive. This is a usual trick of the enemy. And it was also pleasant to the eyes. In Genesis 2:9, we identified that the first set of trees that God put in the garden were pleasant to sight and good for food and now this one began to look like one of them. And the simple thought that It could make her wise means it was worth a shot.
Now this is also an issue affecting the world. This need to be wise, this unending thirst for knowledge. Now we spend about half our lives or more, studying, and it is still never enough and such knowledge is death. How? Look at the world today and see the things that people who call themselves “educated” engage in. Also, it is said ‘what you know, will kill you’. It will also be Identified in this passage. Then she took the fruit and she ate.
Now, im not exactly sure why it is believed that this “fruit” is an apple. Anyway, she ate it and gave it to her husband “with her” (‘husband’ also states that they were married from the moment Adam had said ‘bone of my bone…’). He wasn’t far off. She didn’t call his attention to the serpent. (when one is away from his wife, who knows who is talking to her?). So the cunning one was able to communicate without restriction. Then she signaled Adam over, gave him the fruit, and he ate. Here, can identify that it is not strange for the woman to feed the man. If it was strange, Adam would have asked questions and would have realized that something was wrong.
We can also identify that when one person does wrong, they try all they can, not to be alone in the act. So the try to implicate someone and ensure he joins them. Some of us have even dine it or experienced it at a point in life. Nobody wants to be alone in trouble. She never even told him how it came to be. It is also said by some, that if Adam had her attention the whole time, the Serpent would not have had the opportunity to speak to woman.
- And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
Now, prior to this, God putting the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the midst of the garden was basically a way of God giving man a chance to choose between God’s definition of good and evil or for man to create hs own definition. We would also have to understand that everything that God created and said ‘and it was good’ for, are good till this very day and beyond. You can go back and verify. Also, ‘and it was good’ was not said for man.
INSTANTLY, change came upon them. They felt a difference. Their eyes opened – this doesn’t mean wisdom was added or anything of sort. it was more of a realisation. just like you beating up someone out of anger and accidentally, the person died, instantly, your ‘eyes will open’, you will realised what you’ve done. They gained knowledge. But it wasn’t exactly what they were expecting, because the first thing was that they realized that they were naked. Take a look at babies. They don’t even realize that they are naked. That is how they were, until this happened. Now they discovered their nakedness and inadequacies. In shame, they sewed fig leaves together for coverage.
Now from this very point, every humans definition of good and evil became different and that is why some things seem perfectly normal to some, while to others, they are wrong. we are living in our own understanding of things and not the divine one.
Now maybe they forgot, or just didn’t realize that in Chapter 2:9, God mentioned “tree of life”. Meaning, the tree of knowledge of Good and evil brought about death, but the tree of life brought about life. Instead of running to the tree of life for life, their “wisdom” made them run for cover first.
- ¶ And 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.
Now they heard the footsteps of God in the cool of the day (this is a time of communication with God). The cool of the day could either be dawn (morning) or dusk/evening. When the sun is not present. Now it was not strange for this to ppen, because for them not to have freaked out, it means it was a regular thing for them to have heard the voice of God walking in the garded. Adam and his wife hid themselves. They didn’t want their creator to look upon their shame. Sinners who know their sins often hide from the presence of God. Possibly because of the guilt they feel.
They hid themselves among trees. Creation that doesn’t have as much value as they.
- And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, where art thou?
And God did not see Adam (in the usual spot he should have been), and he didn’t search for him because Adam wouldn’t run away on a norm. instead, He called unto Adam– where are you? (he did not call unto woman, because it is believed that where Adam was, woman would be too). Now this doesn’t mean God couldn’t search for Adam if he wanted to. But there was no need. There was so much trust between them, and it was beyond that level.
- And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
And Adam said (from the midst of trees where he was) “its not that I didn’t hear you, but I am afraid, for I am naked”.
- And he said, who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
Who told you that you are naked? (they were the only created beings at the time, so who could have told them?. There was knowledge of the serpent. Either way, this was an opportunity that God gave Adam, for him to repent. Then he asked again. “Have you eaten from the tree which I commanded you not to eat?” An opportunity for direct confession. A simple yes or no would do.
Now at this time, when they had gotten into a situation, the serpent wasn’t there anymore. he had achieved al he wanted to, and retreated to watch at a safe distance.
- And the man said, the woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
Adam then responded (with all the “wisdom” he had acquired) “the woman you gave me gave me the fruit and I ate”, pushing the blame to her and to God. Now God didn’t even ask woman first, because man is the head of the family. Even in verse 9, he called unto Adam first. It is then up to Adam to bring woman along with him. And here, we notice a huge problem of mankind. “BLAME”.
- And 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.
Then unto her, he said “what is this that you have done”, and she too, following the newly found nature of man tried to “BLAME” and she pushed it unto the Serpent. “the serpent deceived me and I ate”. (the serpent did not control her hand to pluck the fruit and put it in her mouth. he doesn’t have the power to. he simply influenced her decision. she did it all by herself.
- ¶ And 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 :
Then, God addressed the problem from the root, by beginning with the serpent – where the problem started.
“you are cursed above all cattle” – meaning in that moment, all cattle got cursed. Everything got cursed. “more than every beast of the field”. All for ones persons action, all things were cursed. “you shall crawl on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life” and INSTANTLY, the curse of God took place. And it stands till date. Serpents are cursed creatures. take note of ‘dust shall thou eat, all the days of thy life’.
- and 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.
I will put enmity between you – the serpent – and the woman.
I will also put enmity between your – serpent kids and the womans seed (man and woman).
It (man and woman) shall bruise thy head (the serpents head) (as to kill serpents today, we bruise its head).
He shall bruise thy heel (as serpents attack humans today). The word of God stands forever.
This as well is a promise of a kind of saviour. one who will destroy the serpent. He will totally destroy you via your head, but the best you will get of him is His heel.
- Unto 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.
Then God addressed the next step of the problem. I will multiply your sorrow and the pain of your conception (God had already planned for childbirth from the beginning. they had no children and none had been mentioned). At that very moment, sorrow had come upon womans life and it also became multiplied. In sorrow and pain shall you conceive. Your desire shall be to your husband and he shall rule over thee (He shall be your desire – you shall want him strongly, yet, he will rule over you (maybe a glass ceiling was created here 😀 .initially, eve could do anything based on her own volition. Now she has someone similar to a ruler and wouldn’t just do anything on her own as long as she has a husband).
- And 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 ;
Finally, unto Adam. You ate what I told you not to eat. Because of your wife (you gave more value to your wifes words than my words). The ground is cursed for your sake (the land was Adams to till). In toil (work/struggle/labour) you shall eat of it – all the days of your life (because the ground is cursed and it won’t allow production as good as it ought to).
- thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee ; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field:
- in 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.
You shall eat bread by your sweat – you will work hard for what you eat. Till you die. Dust you are, and to dust you shall return. (now please, didn’t they “SURELY” die?). Now, he told man, you sre dust, and you shall return to dust. and above, the serpent is to eat dust all the days of its life. How punny? 😀 . both literal dust and dust (man being dust).
- ¶ And Adam called his wife’s name Eve [living]; because she was the mother of all living.
Then Adam named woman “Eve”. Punny again dont you think? ‘Eve’ because she was the mother of all l’EVE’ing.
- Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
Even with what took place, God still made skin coats for them. This shows the love of God.
- ¶ And 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 forever:
Behold, man has become like us (as we said in Chapter 1, the two personalities discussed) to know good and evil. Now the only way to live forever is to eat the fruit of the tree of life as explained in Verse 7 but they were too ‘wise’ to think about it and ran for covering. and it happens to be the only way of getting true life.
- Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
Then God sent them packing, thereby denying them access to the tree of life and to let them know they had lost their home and their avenue of communicating with him.
- So he drove out the man: and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
After man was then sent out, he placed cherubim and a Sword of flames was also placed in there. And this sword turned in all directions (like a motion detector weapon) and its purpose was to guard the way of tree of life. This meant death for anyone who tries going to acquire the fruit.
Now, to avoid confusion, nothing has been said about what ‘cherubim’ signifies, but a short description which will do -for now- is that it is plural for ‘Cherub’ – which is a winged being whose job is usually to guard, shield, cover or protect something. so, more than one cherub was placed as the east of Eden, and a flaming sword whose job is to also back up that which the cherubim were there to do – protect the way of the tree of life to prevent entry.
The tree of life is located in the place where God fellowshiped with man – literally. and the pathway to that point was now blocked by cherubim and a sword, thereby preventing any form of entry to that very place.
Even without man in the garden, the tree would still survive, because it was being watered by the river. On its own. (see Chapter 2:10)