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Genesis 3

Genesis 3

In Genesis 3 God gave a command to test the man and the woman to see if they would be faithful to their Maker or if they would follow another or decide right and wrong for themselves.

Satan the Adversary of God appears on the scene and begins to entice the woman by bringing up the subject of the forbidden fruit.

The term translated “serpent” is from the word “hiss” H 5172, considered to be the flying serpent dragon / dragon Satan from other scriptures. Satan was referred to as a dragon [flying serpent” in Rev 12:3-17, Rev 13:2 and 13:4, Rev 16:13, Rev 20:2]. 

Satan the cherub was merely described in terms of a flying serpent and Satan was a spirit This description serpent does not refer to any physical snake.  Satan is worshipped as the winged serpent Quetzalcoatl in Latin America and as a  good luck [good fortune] bringer dragon in the Orient.

Satan begins to entice the woman by bringing up the subject of the forbidden fruit.

Now very carefully here: God did not say that the fruit would kill; he said that the act of eating the fruit would kill; for the wages of sin [living contrary to the way that brings life] is death. The nature of this fruit had nothing to do with the issue which issue is: Will we zealously live by every Word of God or will we decide for ourselves as to what we regard as good and evil?

Any departure, watering down, or compromising with any part of the whole Word of God is sin and brings the end result of death. Whether it is eating a fruit that God forbade to eat, or idolizing the words of men above the Word of God, to follow men and turn away from any zeal to live by every Word of God.

The woman and then the man lost their zeal for keeping and obeying the Word of God; just like we have done today! They decided right and wrong for themselves instead of obeying the Word of God! Just like the latter day Ekklesia, who reject much of the Word of God to remain faithful to their idols of men and false traditions! The very same TEST and the very same failure for many of those who call themselves the people of God today!

Since that day in Eden, mankind has rejected living by the Word of God for millennia. The “wisdom” of man has destroyed the planet and brought endless bloodshed, pain and misery on humanity and all other creatures.

WE NEED GOD! Like any young child needs its parents!

Like a little child we may think that we are able, but we simply lack the experience, the wisdom, and the ability; to take care of ourselves and this good earth which God has given to us.

WE NEED A FATHER to lead and guide us and teach us how to live and get along with each other.

Eve and Adam thought that they could decide things for themselves and so rejected their Father Creator.

All history since then has been a bloody and graphic demonstration of how wrong they were. Mankind cannot find the way to peace or life eternal.

We cannot discern between right and wrong on our own, we need HELP, we need someone to show us the way. Only when all peoples realize this and are ready to humble themselves before their Creator will they begin to follow His instructions leading to peace.

Any departure from what God has commanded us is a rejection of the wisdom of God

Eating a fruit that God forbade him to eat, was not simply about the fruit itself; it was about rejecting obedience to God, by not doing what God had said.

In the garden Eve and then Adam turned away from obeying their Creator to decide right and wrong for themselves, rejecting the Word of their LORD!

Ever since that time the vast majority have rejected the Word of God to remain faithful to their idols of men and their false contrary to scripture traditions!

Genesis 3:1 Now 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? 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3:3 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.

Satan told the woman that she would not die if she rejected the word of God to decide right and wrong for herself!

This is the same lie being told to the brethren by Satan through their leaders today! They say: “God doesn’t mind if we are lax for his word and zealous for our own ways! We are God’s people and whatever we do, must be right, because God left us in charge. Obey us and do not question us by God’s Word for we are leaders in place of or between God and the brethren.” 

Taking advantage of the fact that death would not be immediate Satan told the lie that in deciding for ourselves we would not die.  He added that we would be like God [equals with God] if we decided right from wrong for ourselves instead of letting God decide right from wrong for us.

3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 3:5 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.

Deciding for ourselves, always looks good to those who have no love to live by the Word of God. We love self more than we love God, and because of this self love and self exaltation and pride; we are led away from our zeal to live by every Word of God as Eve was.

3:6 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.

The following is literal and is also figurative, for the knew that they were physically and spiritually naked; devoid and empty of the righteousness of obeying God; as is Laodicea which is spiritually wretched and naked [without the righteousness of God because exalting their own ways above the word of God]. Instead of running to God in sincere repentance they tried to cover up for themselves.

Let us think a little here! Ask yourself if it s natural for a married couple to cover themselves when alone together? Is it not more likely that they are quick to try and uncover and make naked their lover?

Eve and Adam were not ashamed of seeing each other; does not carnal man love to see the nakedness of his/her spouse? They were already one flesh and “knew” one another fully.

Adam and Eve were afraid of being seen by God, for they knew that they had sinned and disobeyed him. They were moved by fear and shame to try and hide their physical and spiritual nakedness by making clothing and hiding in the bush.

3:7 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.

The Creator came to see his creation; and they hid from him, because their sin had separated them from God. They had rebelled and decided for themselves what would be right or wrong in their own eyes; in place of obeying their Creator.

Consider when we were all little children; did most of us not at some time or other, do something that we knew our parents had forbidden or taught us was wrong? Were we not ashamed and afraid that our parents would find out and correct us?

Adam and Eve, although fully physically developed were full of that same fear and shame because they knew that they had acted against the Word of their Creator.

We who say that we have God’s Spirit, should be full of fear and shame also, over our departure to follow idols of men and false traditions, instead of being passionately zealous to live by every Word of God.

3:8 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.

Adam knew that he was naked of faithfulness to keep the Word of God and did not have on the garments of the righteousness of the whole Word of God. He feared the anger of his Creator for his sin.

It would be well with us if we also understood our sin and feared our God, turning to sincere repentance instead of justifying ourselves.

3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

Such is human nature. Adam blamed his wife instead of taking responsibility for his own actions. This is partly why man was given authority over woman; so that he would be forced to take responsibility for his own actions.

Friends, the authority of the husband over his wife is 90% about being responsible for his own conduct! Each husband is going to have to answer God for his own conduct, no matter what his wife or anyone else says.

The same is true in the Ekklesia; there are very many out there who will feel safe in justifying themselves by blaming the organization or its elders for their own sins like Adam did Eve. “I was only following the minister” they will say.

Brethren this Nazi excuse that we were only following others; WILL NOT WORK WITH Almighty God! Each and every human being is completely responsible for their OWN conduct; regardless of what others say or do.

It did not work for Adam, and it will not work for anyone else: We shall each be accepted into or denied the paradise of eternal life based on our OWN personal conduct.

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Adam admitted that he had sinned and disobeyed God and then blamed another.

Genesis 3:11 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? 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

Eve admitted that she had sinned and disobeyed God and then blamed Satan [yes Satan had tempted but she believed him above believing God and she disobeyed God]; yet both the woman and the man were personally responsible for listening to the temptation and deciding for themselves to disobey the Word of God.

So it is today, as the Ekklesia falls to the temptation to be zealous for idols of men; and turn away from obeying the whole Word of God!

3:13 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.

Every person is responsible for their own conduct, yet there is a very heavy responsibility of guilt for the original deceiver as well. Because of this Satan was cursed and our elders and leaders who teach men to follow themselves and to not be zealous to live by every Word of God; are facing a most severe correction.

Because they use their office to deceive and have not fulfilled their responsibility to teach zeal for the Word of God; they shall be rejected from being shepherds of God’s flock and prevented from the gift of eternal life, unless they quickly repent (Ezek 34, Jer 25, Isaiah 56:11).

3:14 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:

The spiritual serpent, Satan, shall bruise a man [Christ] and then shall be destroyed by the Son of a woman even the resurrected Jesus Christ. 

This was a prophecy of the Passover sacrifice of the lamb of God at the every beginning of mankind.

3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it [Jesus Christ] shall bruise [crush] thy head [permanent destruction], and thou shalt bruise his heel [temporary death for three days and three nights].

Because of her sin the woman was given the monthly cycle and pain in childbirth which no animal has, and Christ here sets the man to rule [to learn to rule responsibly and lovingly] over his wife.

3:16 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.

Adam is judged for listening to the woman and not listening to and keeping the Word of God, for letting himself be led into sin instead of leading in godliness; and we shall all be judged for listening to anyone other than our Mighty God!

3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife [and followed her into sin], and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it:

The man was then cast out of paradise and made to struggle against all manner of adversity, that he might learn through many sorrows that his own ways are not good.

Adam and his descendants are being forced to see the difference between godliness, which brings life and paradise: and deciding for themselves what is right and wrong, which brings all manner of adversity, decay and finally death.

 . . . cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 3:19 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.

3:20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

The Creator then made cloaks of skins for the man and woman; which skins are examples of the fact that their sincerely repented sins might be covered by the sacrifice of Christ, as represented by the sacrifice of animals. 

From that time forth death reigned in the world and men were to sacrifice clean animals for sin: and the offerer’s of sacrifices must partake [eat] the sacrifices; the sacrificial animals picturing the sacrifice of the Lamb of God for sin and the partaking, picturing the internalizing of the nature and Spirit of God.

3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

Satan said that man could become God, simply by deciding right and wrong for himself. And while man could be the decider for himself as God decides things; man living that way could not have eternal life!  Only faithful passionate obedience to the way of life that God had and that man outside of God did not have can bring eternal life.

Because the man would now decide what was wrong and right for himself, instead of listening to the words of eternal life; the man was rejected from eternal life and the paradise of God. The Creator denied man eternal life as long as man decided for himself what was right and wrong.

As Adam rejected the Word of God to decide for himself; today the Ekklesia reject any zeal to live by every Word of God to live by their own ways and false traditions. As Adam was rejected from eternal life and eternity with God; so the unrepentant who have rejected zeal to passionately keep the whole Word of God, shall also be kept from entering the Promised Land of eternal life.

3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know [to decide for himself] 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: 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

The way into eternal life and the eternal paradise of God has been shut up and closed by the command of God; except for those specifically called out by God the Father.

3:24 So 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.

Notice very carefully here: God did not say that the fruit would kill; he said that the act of eating the fruit would kill; for the wages of sin [living contrary to the way that brings life] is death.

The nature of this fruit had nothing to do with the issue.

Which issue is: Will we live by and keep the Word of God our Father, or will decide for ourselves what is good or evil, without the knowledge, experience and wisdom of God?

Since that day, mankind has rejected living by the Word of God for millennia. The “wisdom” of man has destroyed the planet and brought endless bloodshed, pain and misery on humanity and all other creatures.

WE NEED GOD! Like any young child needs its parents!

Like a little child we may think that we are able, but we simply lack the experience, the wisdom, and the ability; to take care of ourselves and this good earth which God has given to us.

WE NEED A FATHER to lead and guide us and teach us how to live and get along with each other.

Eve and Adam thought that they could decide things for themselves and so rejected their Father Creator.

All history since then has been a bloody and graphic demonstration of how wrong they were. Mankind cannot find the way to peace or life eternal.

We cannot discern between right and wrong on our own, we need HELP, we need someone to show us the way. Only when all peoples realize this and are ready to humble themselves before their Creator will they begin to follow His instructions leading to peace.

Any departure from what God has commanded us is a rejection of the wisdom of God

Adam, eating a fruit that God forbade him to eat, is not simply about the fruit itself; it is about rejecting obedience to God, by not doing what God has said.

In the garden Eve and then Adam turned away from obeying their Creator to decide right and wrong for themselves, rejecting the Word of their Lord!

Ever since that time the vast majority have rejected the Word of God to remain faithful to their idols of men and their false contrary to scripture traditions!

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