In the Book of Genesis chapters 1-3, God reveals a lot of information about the earth and the first man, Adam, and Eve. The following verses from Genesis are taken from the King James Version (KJV).
And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature [soul] after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish [fill] the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
After God had made the living souls on the earth He decided to make man (mankind, human-beings) in His image, and so He created the man, Adam, in His image (icon, resemblance, representation), and verse 26 continues to detail God's intention for mankind. God carried-out His plan as explained in verses 27-30 (male and female) - “dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
The Gospel of John records Jesus Christ saying:
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
God – Spirit.
In the Book of Leviticus chapter 19 God states that He is Holy.
Leviticus 19:1 and 2:
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy.
God is Spirit and God is Holy – He is the Holy Spirit.
God decided to create His image in mankind and that image is holy spirit. So, God created the man, Adam, in God's image by putting holy spirit-life in the man, and also in the woman when she was formed and made. This holy spirit was that-which distinguished both the male and the female from all the other living souls and enabled them to behave like God by having the dominion that God gave them relative to the animals, etc, on earth.
Genesis 1:1 - 2:3 is a summary of God’s creation of the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 2:4 begins the details relative to mankind. The forming and making of the physical parts of the man are detailed in Genesis 2:7.
Genesis 2:7 and 8:
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there he put the man whom he had formed.
God formed the body of the man, Adam himself, from the dust of the ground; He molded it as a potter forms the clay making a vessel. Then He made the man, Adam, a living soul by blowing the breath of life into his nostrils.
Adam became living in the physical category because of having received soul-life which was evidenced by his breathing. Genesis 1:27 has already told us that God created His image, holy spirit, in the man after he became a living soul.
Now we can see clearly that Adam was a three-part being:
And, God put him in the garden (paradise) which He planted in Eden towards the east.
Verses 8, 9, 15-17:
And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there he put the man whom he had formed.
And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
The garden (paradise) of Eden was a special place that God planted on the earth and put the man into it. And, God gave the man, Adam, an assignment in the garden of Eden and that was to dress it and to keep it. He was to work and take care of God’s place, where God would meet with him and he could freely eat from the trees in the garden that God told him he could eat.
God gave the man instructions and also told him what would happen if he did not follow the instructions. Eating the fruit from the tree of life would preserve Adam’s life, allowing him to continue living with/for God and behaving himself in a manner pleasing to God.
Eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil would cause Adam’s death, no longer living with/for God. Adam would no longer be behaving himself in a manner pleasing to God – this was the evil that God warned Adam about. It would be evil for the man to eat the fruit from that tree.
Adam had freedom of will to believe and obey God and therefore live, or not to believe and not to obey God and therefore die; he was not a robot.
And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
And Adam said, this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
This is the record of the first woman (the feminine-form of the masculine word translated as "man") being formed and made; and she, the female, was to be a helper to Adam, the male. She was taken from Adam's flesh, which includes the bone, so that together they were one flesh, the same flesh. She corresponded to him so that he was not alone (Genesis 2:18 and 20), and vice versa.
Adam and his woman/wife were in the garden of Eden and they both had holy spirit-life (Genesis 1:27) and soul-life and a body. They were both naked, having nothing to hide physically or behavior-wise or spiritually, and were not ashamed of themselves before God or one-another.
Let us continue and find out what happened, and we should remember what God had commanded the man regarding what he could do and what he could not do in the garden.
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?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees 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.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
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.
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 word "serpent" is used as a name to describe the devil/satan in this situation. He has many different names corresponding to the different characteristics, attributes, activities, etc, which that particular name describes relative to the specific situation or circumstance (refer to Revelation chapters 12 and 20).
The devil/satan is today an evil spirit-being and he continues to be in total opposition to the only true God and all the things of God. However we should realize that he originally was made by God a beautiful, bright and glorious angel (spirit-being; refer to Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:11-19; II Corinthians 11:14; Revelation chapter 12, and 20:2.)
Here at the beginning of chapter 3, the serpent (literally: snake – figuratively referring to the devil, satan) which was more subtle (prudent, wise, crafty) than any beast (living being) of the field, approached the woman and began to talk to her. There is no record of the woman being shocked or frightened that he would speak to her and she could understand him.
The first thing he said was a statement questioning what God had said in Genesis chapter 2. God had commanded the man, Adam, not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, etc.
Following the serpent's statement, the woman responded to him, but the command that God gave to the man was not the same as what the woman replied to the serpent's statement.
Also the serpent's stated outcome of both the man and woman doing what God said not to do, is not the same as God's stated outcome to Adam. God had said, "Thou shalt surely die" – but the serpent said, "Ye shall not surely die." One is a direct contradiction to the other.
From God's point of view, if Adam ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil then Adam would surely die; there was no question or doubt about it.
The woman believed the opposing information that the devil gave her. She went against God's information and listened to the devil's information. She saw that the tree was good for food (there was plenty of fruit), and that it was pleasant to her eyes (looked really pleasing), and a tree to be desired to make one wise (to act wisely).
She did not listen to the holy spirit-life within her, which God had given her so that God and she could communicate with each other regarding things; she could have gone over and eaten from the tree of life instead.
The woman's decision was to believe what the serpent had given her to believe, and she obeyed the lie that he had spoken. Then the Bible says that she gave also to her husband who was with her. The woman offered the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil to Adam.
Adam was given an alternative to what God said – would he believe what God had given him to believe, or would he believe what the devil had given the woman to believe?
The result of continuing to believe and obey what God said would have been to live and continue in all that God made available to him and continue within God's goodness accomplishing all that God would ask him to accomplish as regards the spirit realm and the natural realm.
The result of believing and obeying what the devil said would be, according to God: to surely die – but according to the devil it would be: to not surely die. The devil also said (concerning the outcome of doing what God said not to do) that the man's and the woman's eyes would be opened, and they would become as gods, just like he was making himself as a god - rejecting the only true God and making their own judgments, putting themselves in God's place as far as they were concerned - idolatry.
God had already told Adam about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam knew it was there and he knew that it was wrong to eat from that tree and what the consequence was if he would eat that fruit – death. However, it was only when he heard what the serpent gave the woman to believe about this tree and the consequences the serpent gave about eating of it, that Adam rejected what God had given him to believe and decided to change his mind and believe what the devil had given to believe.
Even though the woman had already eaten of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and would therefore receive the consequence of doing that, Adam could have said “no” to doing the same thing. But he decided to do what the woman had already done and that was to eat the fruit (produce, that-which is produced) of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He willingly accepted and ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
The devil knew his own evil plan and was offering access to his evil, doing the same as what he was doing in total opposition to God. The result of what the devil did that day to/for the man, Adam, and the woman was that they also committed sin of idolatry.
Let us read what happened once they ate and experienced the effects of the produce from that tree.
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.
Something has changed! Their eyes were opened and they knew that they were naked, and then they worked to cover-up and hide their nakedness. They had known that they had no clothes on their physical bodies before this event (Genesis 2:25), but now they were perceiving from a different viewpoint, the serpent’s evil, and so they tried to cover-up the natural/flesh category by sewing fig leaves together and making aprons for themselves.
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.
And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
Adam and his wife/woman heard the voice (sound) of God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and what did they do? They hid themselves from the presence of God among the trees of the garden. They hid themselves from God!
God had to call out to Adam and ask, "Where are you?" – because Adam was not in the position (place) where God had asked him to be. Adam was not doing what he was asked by God to do. There is no record of God having to do this before, nor of Adam or the woman having previously tried to hide themselves from God's presence.
Adam then tried to explain and rationalize his actions and said that he did hear God's voice in the garden but he was afraid! He was afraid. This is the first record of man being afraid, of having fear.
Adam said he was afraid because he was naked and so he hid himself from God. Adam was not oblivious to the truth and fact that he had disobeyed God's words directly given to him (Job 31:33) – Adam knew it. He had heard what God said to him and he decided to go-against what he heard.
And he [God] said, Who told thee [Adam] that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
Following the response from Adam, God asked him if he had eaten of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which He had commanded him not to eat, since this was the only reason why Adam would have said such a thing to God. God gave Adam the opportunity to tell Him.
And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
In reply to God's question, the man, Adam, didn’t say that he was sorry, but his reply was to let God know that it was He Who gave Adam the woman and it was the woman who gave him of the tree, and as a result of all that – yes, he did eat of the tree which God had directly commanded him that he should not eat. Adam did not mention anything about the serpent!
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.
God did not respond to Adam's reply to him, but instead God spoke to the woman and asked her a question, "What is this that thou hast done?" God gave her the opportunity to tell Him, and the woman replied that it was the serpent which beguiled her and she did eat.
Adam had not said that he was beguiled by the woman nor by the serpent. Adam was not seduced as the woman had been seduced (thoroughly deluded) by the serpent's words. Adam made a free-will decision in his mind to believe and obey what the serpent had told the woman. He had made a deliberate choice being fully-aware of what he was doing and the consequence of such an action against God from God’s viewpoint, for God had previously let him know what would happen if he went against God’s will.
God did not reply to the woman's answer either. What happened next?
And the Lord God said unto the serpent...
God said unto what? The serpent! All 3 (the devil, the man, and the woman) were still there in the garden of Eden in the presence of God while God was speaking to them.
Verses 14 and 15:
And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou has 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:
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.
As soon as the woman told God that it was the serpent/devil who beguiled her, God did not ask him any question – but He spoke to the devil as recorded in verses 14 and 15.
God pronounced sentence on the being described as the "serpent": he was cursed even more-than all cattle and more-than every living-being of the field - this is in contrast to his description in Genesis 3:1. He would go upon his belly and eat dust all the days of his life – literally as a snake described in verse 14, but figuratively referring to the fact that the devil would be utterly-humiliated and constantly disappointed and experience failure, always reminded of what he did against God and against mankind, and never being able to stand and rise above or away-from it (refer to the figure of speech also in Psalm 44:25 and 72:9).
In Genesis 3:15, while God was still speaking to the devil, God made it known that He (God Himself) will put enmity (opposition, hostility)...
Usually a woman does not have a seed as sperm, she has eggs. Naturally it is when a sperm from a man impregnates an egg of a woman that a child, an offspring, is produced. God did not talk about the seed of the man but about the seed of the woman. God is referring to a woman who would bear a child, but a human man would not be this offspring's father. God is speaking about the coming Christ, the Messiah, the savior, who was to be born of a woman (Mary) but Joseph was not his father. Mary conceived when the Holy Spirit (Who is the only true God Himself) overshadowed her (Luke 1:26-38), and about nine months afterwards she gave birth to Jesus, the son of God, and this Jesus is now both Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36).
Genesis 3:15 is the first mention God made of the coming savior (the Christ), and this seed of the woman (the son of God) would bruise/crush the head of the devil/serpent, which figuratively emphasizes that Christ will destroy him permanently, complete destruction. Christ will put an end to the devil’s plans for himself and his purposes of hindering the only true God, the Lord Jesus Christ, God's children and all the things of God.
God also foretold that the devil would hurt the promised seed, the Christ, and referred to it in the figure of speech as bruising his heel – he would hurt him but not permanently – only temporarily. We know now that the devil had Jesus Christ crucified, but we also know now that God raised him up from the dead giving him his spiritual-body, never to die again. Now the devil is under his feet, and at a future time Christ will bruise the devil’s head, he will destroy him and it will be permanent.
In the garden of Eden, God made known His plan of redemption and salvation regarding mankind and overcoming the devil, in the presence of the man and the woman, while addressing the serpent/devil/satan.
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.
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;
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.
God spoke to the woman and told her regarding her life in the physical realm from then onwards until the promised seed would fully redeem mankind.
God then spoke to the man, Adam, and confronted him about doing that-which God Himself had commanded him not to do, and God told him the results of his unbelief and disobedience of what God had given him to believe and to obey. God also told Adam of his physical death that was going happen to him – he would return to dust (refer also to Psalm 146:4).
This is the first mention of natural death, the death of his flesh (soul-life and body). Adam's sin against God allowed the devil to gain the power of death over mankind (refer to I Corinthians 15:50-58; Hebrews 2:14; plus Adam is not listed in Hebrews chapter 11).
Also, it is the first mention of the earth being thorned and thistled, etc. God's creation of the earth (recorded in Genesis 1:1 - 2:3) was overthrown by the devil/serpent and mankind, and it got to where only Noah and his family (8 people altogether) were saved in the flood about 1,650 years after Adam was created.
Even today it is progressively getting worse – but this will only continue until God’s promised seed, the Christ, will accomplish all of what God said he would do and the new heaven and new earth will come to pass.
Verses 20 and 21:
And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
Now we read of Adam naming his wife, the woman, and he named her "Eve" which means "life" or "life-spring" because she would be the mother of all of mankind who would live after her – one of whom was promised by God to be the Christ. It is interesting to note that the name "Eve" only occurs 4 times: here, Genesis 4:1, II Corinthians 11:3, and I Timothy 2:13.
By Adam naming her "Eve" this shows us that Adam believed what God said in verse 15 regarding the seed of the woman, the coming savior/redeemer, the one who would rescue and deliver mankind from the catastrophe which they had caused for themselves by believing and obeying the serpent/devil/satan's lie.
Also, how loving of God even in the natural realm to make coats of skins and clothe Adam and Eve, which was much better than the aprons made of fig leaves which Adam and Eve had done for themselves. God was teaching them how to behave themselves in the physical category as they awaited the seed of the woman.
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 for ever:
Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the
gardenof Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
In verse 22 God directs the reader's special attention to what He is saying. 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….”
The man, Adam, had decidedly taken, eaten, and gained access to evil by willingly doing what God had told him NOT to do. Adam now knew evil experientially and would continue to be given evil via the flesh (body and soul parts of mankind) by the devil/satan/serpent. He had believed and accepted for himself what the serpent gave him to believe = the lie (as though the devil would keep mankind alive by making himself god).
The only true God still loved the man He made, and therefore God wanted to continue to take-care of him; and because of what had already happened, God said that lest the man, Adam, put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life (Genesis 2:9, here in 3:22 and 24; Revelation 2:7, 22:2 and 14) and eat and live for ever…. God did not allow the remainder of this sentence to be recorded in Scripture, but He stopped mid-sentence and there is a sudden silence, which is a figure of speech and thus emphasizes the result as being unspeakable!
While Adam and the woman were in the garden they had free access to the tree of life, but now their flesh had been damaged because they had eaten of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They were not as God had originally made them, and they had done this by their own freedom of will.
Genesis 3:22-24 is the record of God taking his holy spirit away from mankind. Adam could not have access to God’s tree of life anymore; he could not eat its fruit to give him its nourishment, sustenance, health, etc.
If the man, Adam, were to still have free access and put-forth his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, after he had eaten of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, then he would live for the age, the duration of his physical life, still having access to and partaking of all that God had originally given to him – and this would be in total contradiction to what God had said would be the outcome of his eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil!
In Genesis 2:17 God had said, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
Therefore, God sent the man, Adam, forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken, the rest of the earth. God drove the man, Adam, out (also including his wife, the woman) and He placed (as in a tabernacle, dwelling-place) at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim (some of God's created spirit-beings) and the flaming sword which turned every way effectively preserving the way of the tree of life – the tree consisting-of, issuing, supporting and continuing the life given from God, Who is the source, to the one partaking of it.
God took His image out from mankind blocking their access to the tree of life. The closest that Adam and the woman could now come to God was the entrance where the Cherubim and the flaming sword were put by God.
Of course God could come to them at any time in any place during their physical lives. Later, as recorded in Genesis chapters 7 and 8, paradise was destroyed by the flood and so God instructed mankind how to meet and worship Him at different times. Jerusalem became the chosen city, and in Acts chapter 2 holy spirit-life was made available to mankind on a permanent basis. In the future, as recorded in the Book of Revelation chapters 21 and 22, there will be a new Jerusalem on earth so that all who will receive new spiritual bodies will live with our God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
God carried-out His words in order to protect mankind and preserve the future availability of the redemption of mankind from the power of the devil back to God. God promised the seed of the woman in Genesis 3:15; the plan of redemption was underway.
Before Adam's fall, he and the woman had access to the tree of life, but since the fall mankind does not have access to the tree of life until God will make it available by means of the Lord Jesus Christ (refer to Revelation 2:7, 22:2 and 14; it may be helpful to read all of Revelation chapters 21 and 22.)
From God's point of view the man, Adam, and the woman died that day – they died in the most important life they had – they no longer had the holy spirit-life which God had given to them. Their holy spirit did not die but God had to take it back from them and so they no longer had it, they no longer had access to God via holy spirit, as God had warned Adam. They no longer had access to the tree of life.
Adam and the woman were no longer three-part beings. Now they only had two parts – their soul-life and their fleshy-bodies. They were living souls just the same as the other creatures that were made when mankind was made (Genesis 1:24 and 25) because they no longer had that third part which God had originally given to them (Genesis 1:26-29). They no longer were in the image of God. They no longer had holy spirit-life within them. They could still behave like God only to a certain degree on the earth if they would do what God would ask them to do from that time onwards.
The serpent had also said that they would be as gods. Having eaten of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they could see things for the first time from evil's point of view. Their eyes, figuratively referring to their fleshy minds, were opened – to what? Evil. They experienced going against God. They became as false gods because they had willingly received and partaken of the evil which the serpent offered to them.
They had decided to make themselves and the serpent their gods (idolatry) making their own judgments – rejecting the only true God, His image which He had given to them, His Word and His will regarding their lives. They chose to make their decisions based on what they heard from the serpent/devil/satan via the flesh, instead of making their decisions based on what they heard from God.
In their own eyes they became as gods knowing good and evil – but this was a lie too because there is no other true God except the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only true God and He is the One Who has all of His true wisdom regarding what is good and what is evil.
Because Adam and his woman still existed with only soul and body, some people may claim that what the devil said was the truth and so they believe the lie spoken by the serpent/devil/satan, instead of believing what God said and continues to say.
The devil does not want people to know...
God issued His promise recorded in Genesis 3:15, before He drove mankind out from the garden (paradise) of Eden. God gave them the promise of the seed of the woman, the Christ, and all that he would accomplish relative to mankind and the serpent – the physical and the spirit realms.
Adam, the first man, did not accomplish all of what God wanted him to accomplish. But the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the promised seed of Genesis 3:15 (the second and last man, I Corinthians 15:45-48), is the one who has redeemed all of what Adam lost and he has made available the gift of holy spirit to mankind on a permanent basis and many more blessings which God can now give to mankind.
The Lord Jesus Christ has been given the position of being at God's right-hand side, the bright and morning star. Christ is the image of God.
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