GENESIS 3  


 

GENESIS THREE

Verses 1-5 The Temptation
Verses 6-13 The Fall
Verses 14-24 The Judgment

Verse 1-5 The Temptation
Verse one

1. Now the serpent: nAchAsh

A. From a verb (nAchash) that means to hiss or whisper as one meaning
(Thus the noun, sorcerer, who "whispers" his enchantments),

and then to be bright as a second meaning
(Thus, the noun, copper or brass, which is bright and shiny).

B. The "serpent" could reflect both meanings, however, if "hissing" is in view then it is certain the serpent was not a "talker" prior to the Satanic possession.

C. It is more likely that the idea of bright and shiny is in view since the original name that Adam gave to the serpent (Genesis 2:19) would then describe its general appearance as beautiful and pleasant to be around.

D. For this reason the serpent made a good pet and was probably constantly around Adam and Ishah.

E. In fact, it is also probable, that for this reason, Satan chose to use the serpent as his disguise to deceive Ishah.

F. At this time the serpent did not crawl on the ground, but walked.
This is determined by the nature of the curse at verse 14.

2. was: qal perfect of hAyAh, to indicate becoming something that it was not before. Should read, "became."

A. At this point, Satan has indwelled the serpent for a disguise.
Not because he needs the serpent in order to speak.

B. In view of the instructions at Genesis 2:15, to "guard" the garden, it is probable that Adam and Eve were warned about the nature and appearance of Satan.

C. The talking must be viewed as Satanic control, since there is no basis for teaching that the animal could speak.

D. This could only have taken place through the permissive will of God. Job 1-2 and Matthew 8:28-34

E. This indwelling is the basis for one of the titles Satan carries throughout the history of mankind. Revelation 12:9

F. This then is the very first, although indirect, mention of Satan as the great adversary of God and God's plan.
G. See Topic: Satan

3. More crafty: Arum means clever, crafty, cunning, deceptive.
The animal did not have these characteristics, but "became" more crafty by Satan working through it.
This word then, describes the viewpoint and purpose of Satan, which he expresses using the serpent as an involuntary agent.

4. Than any beast of the field: Satan chose that which was familiar and probably dear to the woman in order to disguise his own presence.

5. And he said to the woman:
It has long been suggested that the woman has begun to drift away from devotion and dedication to God; that she has become "lukewarm" concerning the truths of God and has even forgotten what she has been taught. It is further suggested that this is the reason that she is chosen by Satan as his victim and the reason that she fails. However, such an attitude and expression from the woman would constitute rebellion against God and place her "in sin" long before the temptation from Satan. I suggest therefore, that Ishah is not in rebellion, not indifferent to God's word and not forgetful of what she has been taught. She is caught off guard by the attack of Satan in the guise of the serpent, and truly deceived (1Timothy 2:14) by the presentation of "new" information and concepts about what God had told her.

A. This is something new and different from what God had designed.
B. The animal speaking is a reversal of the roles designed by God in verse 1:28. Adam and Ishah are to rule over the animals.

C. As soon as the serpent starts talking, the woman should recognize the departure from Divine design and reject it.

D. But this is the whole purpose for the disguise. To trick the woman into considering something different than what God has taught.

E. This is indeed a "new" phenomenon for Ishah, but nothing that she does not have the capacity to deal with.

F. All she needs to do is apply what she has learned and keep her eyes focused on God's demonstrated love.

G. But instead of rebuking the animal for its departure and calling Adam in for spiritual assistance, she listens to it.

6. To the woman:

A. Her first mistake was to listen to teaching that did not come from a divinely authorized source. Ie, God or Adam.

B. Her second mistake was to listen to teaching that was contrary to God's previous instructions.

C. Satan's attack was not physical but an attack on the soul.

D. The attack came on the woman because she was a "natural" responder and more likely to be receptive to new ideas.

E. Ishah placed herself in a vulnerable position by accepting "dialog" with the serpent, but this was not sin.

F. Sin did not happen until she placed spiritual value on the false teaching and acted upon it by eating from the tree.

7. Satan uses the generic title for God, elohim. And Ishah, when replying uses the same designation. Since neither one uses the "personal" name of God (Yahweh) which has been used since Gen. 2:4, it has been suggested that neither one is really focused on relationship with God. Granted, Satan has no rapport with God, but there is no reason to suggest that Ishah is out of rapport simply because she uses elohim instead of Yahweh. There is no indication anywhere that such vocabulary implies loss of "personal" focus. In fact, at Genesis 5:24 and 6:9, when speaking about the consistent fellowship that Enoch and Noah had with God, the phrase is, "walked with elohim" and NOT "walked with Yahweh."

8. Indeed has God said: Is it really true?

A. The attack questions God's word.

B. The attack, in the form of a question, invites the woman to dialog about something of which there should be no doubt.

C. The attack then brings into question the truth of what she has been learning from God and Adam.

9. You shall not eat of every (or any) tree of the garden?

A. The attack implies that God, who has forbidden one tree has forbidden them all.
B. The attack implies that God is unfair.
C. The attack questions the authority of Divine prohibitions.
D. The attack implies that God is withholding something good from man.

Verse 2

1. And the woman said to the serpent.

A. She at first, resists the role reversal and the implication that comes from the serpent's words.

B. She attempts to instruct this creature in the truth she has been taught.

2. We may eat of the trees

A. She answers the question with information learned in Bible class from her husband and from the Lord, about Divine provision in the garden.

B. This part is easy: she eats daily from that Divine provision.

Verse 3

1. But from the tree in the middle

A. This is the subject Satan wants to talk about.

B. He has maneuvered the conversation and the woman, so that she brings it up.

2. God has said -

A. Concerning the woman's use of elohim instead of Yahweh Elohim, refer to verse one, point 7 above.

B. She attempts to represent Divine viewpoint in a very confusing situation.

3. You shall not eat from it or touch it:

A. Review Genesis 2:16-17
B. The addition of "not touch it" can be explained as an over zealousness on her part, rather than a disoriented abuse of what she had been taught.

C. Instead of viewing it as "adding to God's word," perhaps it is her personal "application" of the injunction to the garden environment.

D. Is it reasonable to imagine that God would not want them "playing" around with the fruit if He did not want them to eat it?

E. At any rate, there is no justification for assuming that she is disoriented or misinformed. It is pure speculation to take this as a "negative" rather than her own logical application and not certain enough to render a "judgment" on Ishah.

4. Lest you die:

A. Even though she uses the non-intensive construction of the phrase, it does not detract from the penalty assigned by God.

B. There is no reason to think that she does not understand either the severity of disobedience or the nature of the penalty.

Verse 4 The serpent said, you shall not surely die.

1. Satan denies the penalty for sin.

2. Satan calls God a liar and in verse 5, gives God's motivation for lying.

Verse 5

1. For God knows: this is God's motivation He knows something that you don't know.

2. Your eyes will be open: a new sphere of soul perception that God wants to withhold from you.

3. And you will be like God:

A. Be or become: qal perfect of hAyAh

B. Like Elohiym: This is a brand new concept for Ishah and would naturally be attractive because of her love and devotion to God.

4. Knowing good and evil: YAda + tobh and ra

A. This refers to the perception and experience of good and evil.

B. Adam and Ishah knew "in principle" about the existence and dangers of evil. That is why they were instructed to "guard" the garden in Genesis 2:15.

C. But they did not know from experience the expression of evil and knew nothing of "pseudo-good."
(creature policy elevated above Creator policy)

D. However, even though they had been taught these things, this statement suggests that there is much more to learn and God is holding it back from them.

E. Ishah did not understand what Satan was saying but instead of "sticking to her guns," she now considers this "new" information as attractive.

F. Ishah was deceived into thinking that she could be like God. 1 Timothy 2:14

G. Her reaction takes her soul's EGO (self awareness) and inflates it into pride and self-centeredness.

H. Her EGO was distorted into trying to compete with God rather than to simply enjoy His perfect blessings.

I. Satan's distorted EGO is in competition with God and seeks to put Ishah on the same level.

Verses 6-13 The Fall

Verse 6

1. And Ishah saw:

A. The woman took the bait and was hooked.

B. She listened to Satan and actually entertained the idea that he might be right.

2. That the tree was good for food:

A. Physical attraction, just like all the food-trees in the garden.

B. She can't tell any difference overtly.

C. God's viewpoint is absolute. His instructions are absolute.

D. Darkness viewpoint and false doctrine oftentimes digress from truth in very subtle ways.

E. Sometimes it is difficult to truly "understand" the reasons for God's viewpoint on things, but man is responsible for following the "absolutes" of God's word regardless of how attractive other views may be.

3. and that it was a delight to the eyes:

A. aesthetic value, soul attraction

B. She accepted the physical and soulish desirability of this tree above the desirability of the other trees which were God's provision.

C. This subtle attack gains potency because there is no "apparent" contradiction to what the serpent is saying, except that God had already given His own instructions. Thus, she could not understand why God said "no" to this beautiful tree.

D. This of course left the door wide open for her to believe the words of the serpent which accused God of selfish and fearful motives.

4. And that the tree was desirable to make one wise:

A. She accepted the words of the serpent as truth.

B. This means that she thinks that God has lied and has been unfair to them.

C. To make one wise: as God is wise. cf. verse 5, "like God, knowing good and evil."

D. Wisdom is not "knowledge of good and evil." Wisdom is knowledge of Divine viewpoint.
And Its only source throughout all of history is God himself and those whom he has authorized to communicate truth.

E. Today, in the church age, of course, it is found only in the 66 books of the Bible.

5. These three things represent the "darkness" viewpoint of the world as described at 1 John 2:16

A. The lust of the flesh (body): good for food.
B. The lust of the eyes: attractive to look at
C. The arrogance of life: holds promise of superior knowledge.

6. She took from its fruit and ate:

A. The woman was exposed to false teaching.

B. She encountered something contrary to divine design, and teaching contrary to Divine viewpoint.

C. She was deceived by the subtlety of Satan's lies and then acted on the false information that had deceived her.

D. At that moment she died spiritually.

1. She lost her relationship with God.

2. She acquired a distorted, corrupt nature (sin nature), which craved by nature to be independent from the things of God.

E. Then in her distorted thinking, and her false sense of accomplishment, she took it to Adam.

7. And she gave also to her husband:

A. The next step in the woman's failure - failure to be the "helper" to her husband

B. When Ishah brought the fruit to Adam, she was acting contrary to the "helper" principle.

C. Instead of benefiting and aiding Adam, she is contributing to his downfall.

D. She is actually inviting him and pressuring to him to accept that which is contrary to Divine viewpoint.

8. And he ate:

A. Now the man faces the same issue. But not from conversation with the serpent, but from the serpents tool, the woman.

B. He sees and hears her in a fallen condition, spiritually dead and different, and having all the facts, he must decide to embrace her or to embrace God.

C. With all the facts, Adam rejected his relationship with God and embraced Ishah.

D. He said no to the creator of all his blessings, and said "yes" to a created one.

E He turned down the Divine design of Genesis 1:28 and turned it over to Satan.

F. He rejected spiritual life and relationship with God for what he knew would be spiritual death and judgment.

G. 1 Timothy 2:13-l4 explains the two acts of negative volition.

H. There is a common, but seriously flawed and erroneous belief that the sin of Adam and Ishah was the act of sex. This is so ludicrous that I find it humorous that I even need to address it. However, because of the prevalence of the view, it is important to clarify the issues. Sexual activity was not sinful. God gave this gift to mankind and specifically to Adam and Ishah as recorded at Genesis 2:24 and indicated by the phrase, "shall cleave to his wife and they shall become ONE flesh." There is no recorded HINT that sexual activity between one man and one woman in the marriage relationship is anything other than normal, wonderful, and GOD-BLESSED. See Topics: MARRIAGE: Summary 7 principles and Marriage: The provision

Verse 7

1. Then their eyes were opened: a new sphere of perception based on loss of spiritual life and the addition of a sin nature.

2. And they knew that they were naked:

A. Nakedness between Adam and lshah was a thing of great beauty and enjoyment (verse 2:25).

B. Sexual activity was enhanced by spiritual life and Divine provision in the perfect environment of the garden.

C. When spiritual life was lost, they became disoriented to Divine provision and disoriented toward each other.

D. When spiritual life was lost, the new sinful nature immediately began distorting the soul and distorting everything around it. This distorted thinking of the soul made the bona fide activity of sex, something shocking and offensive.

E. They related first to each other and all they could orient on was their physical bodies.
They didn't even think of God until He "showed up."

F. Man In spiritual neutralization Is always man-centered. He can't relate to God and can only relate to himself in a distorted manner.

G. He thinks that if he gets right with himself and his fellow man, he will be right with God.

3. And they made loin coverings: "Operation Fig Leaves"

A. When they became disoriented to God and each other, all they could see was their physical bodies.

B. It was the only thing they could relate to, and that is what became distorted In their eyes

C. Therefore, they attempted to reorient to each other by removing what they thought was the source of that disorientation - the nakedness.

D. This human view point cover up worked because it appealed to their distorted soul. They were now "right with each other" and no longer felt the "shame" of being disoriented to physical reality.

E. But it was only a physical, overt and temporary solution. Soon their distorted souls would begin reacting to each other on a mental level, and they would experience constant antagonism between them.

F. They thought everything was O.K. and that they were right with each other, not even thinking of God until they heard Him coming.

Verse 8

1. And they heard the sound of the Lord God . . .in the cool of the day:

A. This was a normal daily event, when the Lord would have fellowship with them and teach them Divine truth.

B. The sound of God represents the grace of God reaching out to man in a crisis situation.

C. God could have broken His routine for the cool of the day, but grace, operating through perfect love, has always been available to man.

D. The pattern of the sound of God's grace throughout history.

1. Adam at the fall: Genesis 3:8
2. Noah at the flood: Genesis 6
3. The world in unbelief: Psalm 19:1-4; Romans 10:18
4. Israel: Romans 10:19-21
5. Believer in fellowship: Hebrews 3:15; 2 Peter 1:3-4

2. And they hid themselves:

A. Immediately when they heard the sound of God, they remembered about their relationship with Him and realized that it was gone.

B. Now the issue was no longer getting right with each other but getting right with God.

C. But they also realized that they could do nothing about it.
Therefore, fear and hiding.

D. The sound of God's grace then, just as throughout all of history, demands a response. First a mental response and then overt.

1. Man either responds in recognition of his need and therefore acceptance of God's grace

2. Or he responds in fear and attempts to appease God through some type of overt activity. Religion, philosophy, etc.

Verse 9

1. Then the Lord God called to the man:
He is the one in authority, the one first created.
He is responsible for where they are and why.

2. Where are you: The word carries the force of "why" are you there.

A. God asked, What's the problem? what's going on?
B. He knows, but is demanding that man give an account of his actions.
C. He wants Adam to take personal responsibility for his actions.

Verse 10 Adam answers the question "why."

1. heard you: the sound of grace

2. and I was afraid: the truth of God produces a response of fear because Adam has lost his ability to relate to God on a spiritual level.

3. because I was naked:

A. As soon as Adam heard God's presence, he remembered about spiritual life and relationship with God.

B. He now realized that the attempt to cover up his disorientation to lshah had been in vain.

C. He realized that it was the loss of spiritual life that was the cause of his disorientation to Ishah and that there was nothing
he could do about either.

D. That's why he still viewed himself as naked even after covering up. And that's why he was afraid.
It was "spiritual" nakedness that was the real issue.

E. The only solution he could devise was denial and avoidance.
He hid himself, but of course it didn't work.

F. Because the human race is naked, there is no end to their attempts to avoid the truth of God's grace. Denial and substitution has been the evidence of man's nakedness all throughout history.

Verse 11

1. Who told you that you were naked?
Why do you have a distorted view of my provisions for you?

2. Have you eaten . . ?

A. God answers for him in the form of a question.

B. God is being specific to make certain they understand exactly what happened.

C. Eating was the only way they could become alienated to God and to each other.

3. Of which I commanded you not to eat?
God is making It perfectly clear that the failure was in not obeying the Word of God.

Verse 12

1. The woman: Adam perpetuates his attitude of denial and avoidance of the issue by "passing the buck" and blaming others; anyone and everyone around him.

2. whom you gave to me: It's your fault God

A. The sin nature is self-centered and thinks totally independently of God.
B. Therefore it is natural to blame God for the crisis of life and accuse him of unfairness.

3. she gave to me: It's the woman's fault.

A. the sin nature will even reject and attack loved ones in order to protect self.
B. But all of this is just a human viewpoint smokescreen.
In the end, Adam cannot deny his own personal responsibility.

4. And I ate:

A. I made a decision based on all the facts.
B. I acted in negative volition and violated Your command.

Verse 13

1. And God said to the woman what have you done?
God does not accept Adam's line of defense, but since the woman too made her own volitional decision, He demands of her an accounting.

2. The serpent deceived me and I ate.

A. Ishah is now fully aware of what the serpent did to her.
B. She does not deny the Incident, but admits her weakness in being deceived.
C. And admits to her personal decision to reject God's word and accept the serpent's word.

Verses 14-24 The Judgment

Verse 14

1. And Yahweh Elohim said to the serpent:

A. He judges the serpent as the instrument of Satan.
B. The animal had no volitional choice in being used so the judgment is symbolic rather than punitive.

C. Throughout the history of the human race, the status of the serpent will be a symbol of the consequences of fraternizing with Satan.

2. Cursed: On your belly and dust you will eat. Suggests removal of legs.

Verse 15, God goes beyond the serpent and addresses Satan, the one who possessed the animal.

1. And I will put enmity: aybhAh, hostility and antagonism

2. Between you and the woman:

A. The woman is the source of the savior who will offset Satan's victory in the garden and will expose and neutralize Satan's overall rebellion against God.

B. Accordingly, throughout all of history up to the birth of Christ, Satan's strategy was to attack the woman in order to prevent her from fulfilling God's plan.

3. And between your seed: zera, The progeny of Satan

A. Not "direct" progeny, but progeny through spiritual association and influence.
B. Fallen angels:
C. Unbelievers: John 8:44, "you are of your father, the devil."
D. Might also refer to the Satan-indwelled man of lawlessness during the tribulation.
2 Thessalonians 2:3-9; Revelation 13:3-8

4. And her seed: The progeny of the woman

A. This further amplifies the conflict between Satan and the woman.
It will actually be directed to her and her seed.

B. This is a specific reference to the One who will come into the world and reverse the damage done by Adam. Romans 5:19

C. The seed of the woman is the first indication in the Bible that the savior will be virgin born. It is the seed of the "woman," not the seed of "man."

D. See Topic: Virgin Birth

5. He shall bruise you on the head: shuph rōsh
The head blow is a fatal wound to indicate ultimate victory.

6. And you shall bruise him on the heel: shuph Aqābh
This is a minor blow, a wound of little damage.

7. The last two statements in verse 15, summarize the ultimate victory Christ shall gain on the cross. And the administration of that victory at the second advent and at the end of the Millennium.

A. All throughout history Satan has attacked the woman as the source of the Messiah. Summary is found at Revelation 12:1-4

B. Satan was the instigator of the crucifixion of Christ, thinking that his death in this manner would defeat the plan of God.
John 13:27 + Luke 22:3-6

C. The forces of Satan did not realize that the plan of God would actually be promoted and fulfilled by the death of Christ.

I Corinthians 2:8 (The "rulers of this world" does not refer to human rulers but to the "spiritual" rulers of the darkness system, who would not have instigated the crucifixion if they had known God's plan. If a human ruler had TRULY understood God's plan, he would have accommodated that plan and continued with the crucifixion.)

D. He was of course unable to understand and correlate the Old Testament scriptures in order to know and anticipate the thinking of God, concerning the death of the Messiah, and the resurrection.

E. Therefore, he actually participated in the strike that guaranteed his destiny with judgment.
John 12:31; 16:11

F. The crucifixion was the wounding of the heel of Christ, but at the same time it was the blow that crushed Satan's head. Colossians 2:15

G. This should be viewed as a "strategical" victory (or spiritual) over Satan, rather than a "tactical" victory, in that he is still "prowling about as a roaring lion," (1 Peter 5:8).

H. The tactical victory (his physical defeat) will take place much later in history in two separate stages.

1. His defeat at Armageddon: Revelation 20:1-3
2. His defeat at the end of the 1000 year kingdom: Revelation 20:7-10

Verse 16 Judgment on the woman

1. to the woman: Areas of failure

A. She failed to apply "absolutely" the Divine viewpoint she knew.
B. She failed to reject viewpoint contrary to God.
C. She failed to adhere to Divine design for authority over the animals.
D. She failed to follow Divine design as a helper to Adam and actually dictated to him to accept false viewpoint.

E. So the judgment on the woman will address itself to these areas of failure.

2. The first area of judgment: Physical reminder of God's policy

A. I will greatly multiply: the verb is doubled for intensity and emphasis. This refers to the addition of something new - the mechanics of reproduction

B. your pain: itstsAbōn, physical pain and toil

C. in childbirth: the whole reproductive cycle becomes a source of great discomfort and pain.

D. In pain: etsebh, intensity of the discomfort

E. You will bring forth children: The birth of children not only provides great happiness beyond the physical pain, but also speaks of God's Grace in providing a savior via the birth of children.
This spiritual principle looks back to verse 15, the seed of the woman.

F. The woman who failed to cling "absolutely" to the divine value system as she had been taught, becomes the source of spiritual life for fallen man through her seed.

G. The bearing of children in itself is a promise of the future savior and therefore represents the principle of God's grace and viewpoint.

H. The pain involved represents the severity of the failure to apply Divine viewpoint and represents acceptance of the divine value system.

I. The pain should be a reminder to the woman:

1. of her natural tendency to rely on her own feelings and intuition rather than the absolutes of Divine viewpoint.

2. of the consequences of not relying on Divine viewpoint.

J. The birth of the child should be a reminder:

1. That God's grace has provided salvation and forgiveness through Christ.

2. That the grace blessings that come from God are beyond compare and greater than any crisis.

K. The whole reproductive process teaches the principle that God's grace turns cursing into blessing.
The woman therefore has a constant reminder of God's grace built right into her body. But only the believer can experience the blessing that represents. 1 Timothy 2:15

L. During her monthly cycle and during the discomfort and pain of pregnancy, the believer should find great encouragement and comfort in God's character and plan which used the woman to provide the savior of mankind.

M. She has a choice to either fatalistically "put up" with the physical disruption of her life, while sometimes expressing bitterness and anger,
OR she can apply God's character and plan and live in "the fear of the Lord" in peace, joy and confidence.

3. The second area of judgment: authority oriented.

A. And your desire: teshuqAh, intense impelling desire

B. This word describes a new desire in the woman's soul which gives her an intense soulish desire to be with and to please her man.

C. the word also describes the "emotional" dependence and subordination of the woman to the man.

D. This relates to her failure in the area of "helper."
Now teshuqAh becomes the natural response in her soul

E. to your man:

1. for this new design to be operative and successful, the woman's man must operate on moral integrity.

2. If the man is not honorable in character and behavior, he neutralizes the design in the woman's soul and destroys
the capacity for blessing for them both.

F. And he shall rule over you:

1. This relates to her failure in the area of authority.

2. She rejected her rulership over animals and dictated to the man false doctrine.

3. Therefore, God's design now establishes the man as the authority in the marriage relationship. He is the one responsible for all decisions in the home.

4. For the unbeliever, the success of the relationship depends on principles of moral integrity.

5. For the believer, the guidelines for both partners are found in Ephesians 5:22-23.

Verse 17 Judgment on the man

1. To Adam He said:

A. The judgment on Adam is given last because as the one who sinned without being deceived, having all the facts, he bears the greater responsibility.

B. Adam's failure is in making a simple knowledgeable decision to reject divine design and accept that which he knew to be contrary to God's will.

C. The woman's judgment was personal, limited to herself and her life (although certainly extending to ALL women).
The man's judgment goes beyond himself (and men) and extends to all creation.

D. So in verses 17-18, there are 2 aspects of judgment given because of Adam's sin.

1. Judgment on creation because Adam was the ruler who rejected that rulership.

2. judgment on him personally as the one who is now subject to that creation and through him, to the entire human race.

E. There is also one area of judgment extended to the human race through Adam based on Genesis 2:17, and that is inherent sin - The sin nature, Psalm 51:5
(see Topic: sin nature) (see Topic: The Sin Nature

2. Because you have listened to the voice of your woman:

A. Adam's acceptance of false spiritual information from Ishah.
B. It was not wrong to listen to her, but it was wrong to condone and accept information contrary to divine viewpoint.

C. As a "helper," the woman was designed to support and build up the man, not to contribute to his downfall.

3. And have eaten:

A. The fact of man's failure: He accepted false teaching from Ishah and acted contrary to divine design.

B. God is being specific to make certain the issue of disobedience is understood.

4. Cursed is the ground:

A. Ground refers to all of nature.
B. Cursed is the word Arar, as a qal passive participle, and is used to indicate that something or someone is under the effects of some kind of negative influence. In this case it refers to the removal of perfect environment and the transformation into an antagonistic environment.

1. Thorns and thistles: all pests
2. Subject to vanity: Romans 8:20, the law of entropy.
The second law of thermodynamics demonstrates that there is an innate tendency towards decay and disorder in the universe.

C. Because of you:

1. Adam is the one responsible for the curse on creation because he was the one not deceived.
He acted while knowing exactly what he was doing.

2. Because Adam spurned the authority given to him over all of nature, he must now be subject to the authority of the creation which has become a distorted task master under the curse.

5. In toil you shall eat of it: itstsAbōn, the same word used with Ishah.
It indicates physical pain and discomfort through the process of "making a living." The pressures and hardships of surviving in an aggressive, antagonistic environment as the protector and care-provider for wife and children.

Verse 18

1. Thorns and thistles: This is the term for the aggressive environment.
It includes all the pests of nature that make it difficult for man to work the land.

2. The plants of the field: Man's food source at this time. If he wants to eat, he will have to work for it.

Verse 19

1. By the sweat of your face shall you eat bread: repeats and amplifies verse 18.

2. Until you return to the ground: Amplifies "all the days of your life." ie, until physical death.

3. Because from it you were taken: Creation of the physical body. Genesis 2:7, from the chemicals of the soil.

4. And to dust you shall return: physical death, Ecclesiastes 12:7

5. See Topic: DEATH: Physical

Verse 20, Eve the mother of all living

This name change by Adam is an expression of his faith that God will allow them to live.

Verse 21 God's provision for their sin

1. Garments of skin:

A. From animals. This is the institution of animal sacrifices as a teaching aid concerning the coming of the savior. cf. Genesis 4:3-7

B. The salvation promise was given in verse 15 and Adam and Eve accepted the promise in order to reestablish their relationship with God.

C. The death of the animal teaches the severity of sin and the need for a judgment on sin.

D. "Garments of skin," is set up in contrast to the fig leaves.

1. Fig leaves = man's attempt to make himself right with God from his own human viewpoint (religion and philosophy).

2. Man's solution tries to cover and minimize the severity of the offense and the severity of the penalty.

3. garments of skin = God's solution which recognizes the severity of both the offense and the penalty.

4. Garments indicates that the penalty of sin is death, and without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness. Hebrews 9:22

5. The animal sacrifice teaches that the savior must give his life for the sins of mankind. Hebrews 9:1-15; 10:1-10

6. All the "fig leaves" of history deny both the need for the death of the savior and deny the benefits of the death that occurred.

2. And clothed them:

A. Covering was still necessary because of the presence of the sin nature in Adam and Eve, which continued to distort their souls and their view of God's grace provisions.

B. Clothing represents the presence of the sin nature and the distorted thinking that it causes in mankind.

C. Clothing of fig leaves is man's sin nature trying to cover the effects of sin; trying to do what only God can do.

D. Clothing from the animal sacrifice represents victory over the sin nature and control of its distorted desires based on the work of the savior on the cross. Romans 6:1-13

3. The animal sacrificed was not utilized for food at this time.
Genesis 9:3 indicates that meat was not authorized for food until after the flood.

Verse 22

1. The man has become like one of us:

A. Recognizes the half-truth of Satan.
Satan said, you would become like God, implying that they would become equal to God.

B. In actuality, they became like God in the sense of coming to know something they did not know before.

2. Knowing good and evil:

A. God's perfect knowledge includes total comprehension of the evil and pseudo goodness of the universe (creature policy).

B. Man now participated in that knowledge.

1. He experienced evil by choosing it over divine viewpoint.

2. He experienced pseudo-good through his human viewpoint attempt to cover-up and remedy his sin.

C. The phrase, knowledge of good and evil, is simply a statement to indicate man's possession of a sin nature and the acquisition of spiritual death.

D. And it is because of man's fallen condition that he must now be denied further access to the tree of life in the garden.

3. And now, lest he take from the tree of life and live forever -

A. The tree of life perpetuated physical life in the perfect environment of the garden.

B. When man acquired a sin nature in the physical body, he started the process of physical deterioration which would lead ultimately to physical death.

C. If he were to eat of the tree of life at this time, it would perpetuate his physical life forever - with the presence of the sin nature.

D. And even though man is now back in relationship with God, through faith in the promise of a coming savior, perpetuation of physical life with the sin nature, would perpetuate soul distortion and deny access to the fullness of fellowship with God.

E. Therefore, God forbade man to eat from the tree of life and removed him from its presence.

Verse 23

1. Therefore Yahweh God sent him out
2. To cultivate the ground: (Lit: to serve the ground)
Refers to making a living in an agricultural economy.

Verse 24

1. The cherubim: to guard the tree prior to the flood.
Angels assigned to keep any people from finding and using the tree.

2. After the flood, the tree of life is no longer present on the earth.
It was transferred to heaven to be utilized in the "eternal" state (Revelation 22:2).


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