2: FALL - Genesis 3
HIS WORDS: Genesis 3:1-24
Another story of the Fall: https://vimeo.com/groups/240885/videos/78327094
MY WORDS - "A Rift in Relationship"
Now the snake was more subtle and deceitful than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "God has told you, 'You cannot eat from any of the trees of the garden'?"
And the woman corrected him and said to the snake, "Oh no, we can eat from every tree except the one in the middle of the garden. We cannot eat or touch it. If we do, we will die."
And the snake said, "You are not going to die! God knows that when you eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
When the woman saw the tree was tasty to eat and delighted her eyes and would make her wise -- she took the snake's bait and ate the fruit of the tree. Then she gave it to her husband, and he ate.
Then their eyes were open, and they knew that they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together so they could have clothes to cover their nakedness.
When they heard the sound of God walking in the garden in the evening breeze, they hid themselves from God's presence by ducking behind the trees.
Then the Lord God called to the man and said, "Where are you?"
The man replied, "I heard You walking in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked. So I hid."
God said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you disobeyed Me by eating from the tree I told you not to eat from?"
And the man blamed it on the woman saying, "The woman You gave to me as a companion gave it to me, and I ate."
Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this that you have done?"
"The snake misled and deceived (cheated, outwitted) me, and I ate," she said.
Then the LORD God said to the snake:
"Because you have deceived man and woman,
Cursed are you more than cattle,
And every wild thing of the field;
You will go on your belly,
And you will eat dust all the days of your life.
And I will put war between you and the woman,
And between your offspring and her Offspring;
Her Offspring will crush and tread your head underfoot,
And you will lie in wait and crush him on the heel." [Gal.4:4]
To the woman He said,
"I will multiply your grief and suffering in pregnancy and childbirth,
You will give birth to your babies in spasms of distress.
You will desire to control (overflow onto) your husband,
But he will have dominion over you."
Then to Adam He said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree that I told you not to eat from;
Now the man called his wife's name Eve (life spring), because she was the mother of all the living.
"The ground is under a curse because of you;
In sorrow and toil you will eat of its fruits
All the days of your life.
Thorns and thistles will grow alongside
The plants of the field you shall eat.
You'll have to put out sweat-producing labor
In order to eat bread,
Until you return to the ground,
From which you were taken, dead and buried;
You started out from dirt,
And you will return to that dirt."
Then God made long coats of animal skin and covered their nakedness.
God said, “Behold, what has become [by sin] of the man who was as one of us! Formed, at first, in our image to know good and evil—how sad his condition now. What if he now, in this sinful state, should reach out and take the fruit of the tree of life and eat, and be deluded that he will live forever when he is now lost and doomed to death?" (this is help from the commentary below, but I am still mulling it over in my mind)
So God sent him out of the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he came. He threw him out of the garden and stationed ministering spirits manifesting God's presence (Shekinah glory) and a revolving sword of fire east of it, guarding the path to the Tree of Life.
3:16: "Desire" in Hebrew is from the root word, šûq , which means "to water, to overflow." The harmonious partnership between man and woman was broken because of sin.
22. And God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us—not spoken in irony as is generally supposed, but in deep compassion. The words should be rendered, “Behold, what has become [by sin] of the man who was as one of us”! Formed, at first, in our image to know good and evil—how sad his condition now.
and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life—This tree being a pledge of that immortal life with which obedience should be rewarded, man lost, on his fall, all claim to this tree; and therefore, that he might not eat of it or delude himself with the idea that eating of it would restore what he had forfeited, the Lord sent him forth from the garden.
Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Ge 3:22). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
So hard to get through the impact of the fall on the relationship of man and woman as things have unfolded over the last few days for a friend. My I WILL was to fall flat on my face before Him and cry out for a miracle.
The enemy is so crafty. UGH! But "greater is He who is within us than he who is in the world."
3:5 - What would be good/bad about knowing good and evil?