Genesis

Chapter 3



   As we have learned, the first chapter of Genesis deals with the creation of the universe which is stated in the Bible's first verse, after that the Bible tells us about the creation of life on this planet and the order and manner that life was established on the earth.    The second chapter goes into greater detail on all that along with more information concerning the creation of a perfect mankind through Adam and Eve.  The third chapter of Genesis begins right at its focal point, the disobedience of that perfect pair which were the beginning of mankind, and the results of their fall.

 

Genesis 3:1 

Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.    And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?" (NAS)

    Many have asked why Satan appeared to Adam and Eve as a serpent.  This is a legitimate question and deserves a sensible answer.  Satan had to appear as something other than himself because he intended to deceive the human pair for what he perceived as his own gain.   Satan was created as an angel, in fact a cherub angel and was assigned the task of being Gods representative on earth.    In other words he was the angel in charge of the Garden of Eden.  We know this from:

[Ezekiel 28:12-18 is a lament using the king of Tyre as representing Satan because the king of Tyre was a great friend of Solomon and turned against him for no reason. Just as Satan turned against God without reason.  We know the king of Tyre in this lament is symbolic of Satan because the king of Tyre was never in the Garden of Eden nor was he created an angel as Satan was.

Ezek 28:12-18

12 "Son of dust, weep for the king of Tyre. Tell him, 'The Lord God says: You were the perfection of wisdom and beauty. 

13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; your clothing was bejeweled with every precious stone-ruby, topaz, diamond, chrysolite, onyx, jasper, sapphire, carbuncle, and emerald-all in beautiful settings of finest gold. They were given to you on the day you were created. 

14 I appointed you to be the anointed Guardian Angel. You had access to the holy mountain of God. You walked among the stones of fire. 

15 "'You were perfect in all you did from the day you were created until that time when wrong was found in you. 

16 Your great wealth filled you with internal turmoil, and you sinned. Therefore, I cast you out of the mountain of God like a common sinner. I destroyed you, O Guardian Angel, from the midst of the stones of fire. 

17 Your heart was filled with pride because of all your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. Therefore, I have cast you down to the ground and exposed you helpless before the curious gaze of kings. 

18 You defiled your holiness with lust for gain; therefore, I brought forth fire from your own actions and let it burn you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all those watching you. TLB

  Now since Adam and Eve obviously knew the position God had delegated to Satan, had Satan appeared before Adam and Eve as the angel in charge of the Garden they would have been justified in assuming that God had sent him to instruct them to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil?    In which case, they themselves would not have been guilty of disobedience.    Satan was aware of this and since his purpose was to deceive mankind into disobeying God, he appeared to them in the form of the serpent that, at the time, was considered the brightest of beasts, meaning the most intelligent.  

    That angels can and did materialize in earthly forms is documented in the scriptures; such as the two angels that appeared to lot as men when Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed.    Or the angel that appeared before Balaam, which his donkey saw before he did.    The donkey not only spoke to Balaam but also was somewhat confused as to why the man on his back could not see this angel in front of them.    Daniel, Ezekiel, Moses even the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar all bore witness to angels materializing in forms easily recognizable by mankind.    Now we do not know, as a certainty, whether Satan materialized in the form of physical serpent or if he simply used a serpent that was handy.    Most likely he simply used a serpent that already existed or God would not have punished all serpents for their part in the disobedience.  However it was done, we do know that a snake was involved.

    There is something else here that is so blatantly obvious that it is normally overlooked by readers.     Neither Adam nor Eve considered it startling or even strange, that the serpent was talking.    How this communication was carried out the Bible does not elaborate on; but it is made very clear that both Eve and the serpent understood each other.    Eve in fact, deals with it as though it were a normal everyday occurrence.    She has a dialogue with this serpent in the same form of acceptance that you and I would converse with each other.    Indeed, the Bible states this, as though it were a normal process between man and the beasts which man had dominion over, for it does not refer to this conversation between a snake and a woman as being, in any way, out of the ordinary.

      It is a Biblical fact that Adam and Eve communicated with God; as did many others in the pages of the Bible.    To take that a step further if you and I could, in this day and age, converse directly with God, as Adam and Eve did, then talking to a snake or a donkey, I suspect, would seem to us rather mundane.   However, let us return to what God is telling us in this chapter.

     At this point in the dialogue between Eve and the serpent; Eve answers the serpent's question with a most matter of fact statement.

 Genesis 3:2-3.

2 And the woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat;

3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.'" (NAS)

    Eve is here quoting Gen 2:17.     Remember that this discussion is about the tree of knowledge of good and evil.   Now Eve did not, at this point in her life, know the difference between good and evil but her statement above makes it very clear she certainly knew the difference between right and wrong.    [If you are wondering what the difference is let us point out that jumping off the edge of a cliff is wrong which will become very evident when you reach the bottom.  However, enticing someone else to jump off a cliff is not only wrong it is also evil.]  Eve was clearly showing, by her answer, that she knew it was wrong to eat from that tree and she knew the penalty of death was attached to disobeying that command because she concluded verse three by saying "lest you die."

Genesis 3:4 

And the serpent said to the woman, "You surely shall not die! (NAS)

    (Again the difference between right and wrong and good and evil is illustrated in these scriptures.   It was wrong for Eve to eat this fruit; but it was outright evil for Satan to induce her to do so.)

     Before we judge Adam and Eve for believing this falsehood; note that Satan has repeated this obviously outrageous lie over and over down through the centuries.   "You surely shall not die", Satan said and man has fallen for it continuously over and over.   Almost all religions today teach a doctrine, in one form or another, of an immortal soul that does not die.  In fact, the word immortal means you cannot die.  The Bible on the other hand teaches this is not so and in fact in Ezek 18:4 God Almighty himself tells us "The soul that sins shall die." You, just like Adam and Eve, have to decide who it is that is lying, for the test that was given to Adam and Eve is exactly the same test that is given to you and I along with all the rest of mankind.  That test is do we listen to God or do we listen to something or someone else.

    Now Satan with evil intent was urging Adam and Eve to commit what they both knew was wrong.  Enticing them to eat the forbidden fruit with another lie.   What he says in actual words is not a lie, but what he implies most assuredly is.   With his attempt at twisting the truth, he was inferring they themselves would become gods.

Genesis 3:5  

"For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." (NAS)

    God most certainly knows the difference between right and wrong and good and evil.    Angels know the difference, and now that man has eaten the fruit we know the difference, BUT there is still only ONE GOD.    And since the eating of that fruit, man most assuredly dies.    Even so, Satan’s attempt at making them believe they would themselves become gods fell on deaf ears with Eve.

Genesis 3:6  

When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make {one} wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. (NAS)

    Notice above, Eve perceived that the fruit was edible, looked good, and would make one wise.    The scripture above does not imply Eve assumed or believed that she would become like God.     What it does say is Eve thought it would increase her knowledge.   Well it most certainly did that, but at a price far too costly for the experience she gained.

    There is something else notable about Gen 3:6 that should be brought to the foreground here.     Adam was standing right beside Eve as this conversation with the serpent was unfolding.   How do we know this?   Because we are told so in the last sentence of the verse. "And she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate."

    This means that both Adam and Eve were enticed at the same time.  Even so, Adam was rightly held more accountable than Eve. In fact, the Bible tells us that Adam was not deceived. Why?  Because God Himself had given Adam the command not to eat this fruit and had told him precisely the penalty for disobedience.  There could be no possible reason for Adam to doubt what The Almighty had told him about eating from this forbidden tree.  The scriptures do not elaborate on why Adam ate also but perhaps the inference by Satan that they would become like God appealed to him.  That we have no way of knowing but what we do know is that Adam exhibited a complete lack of faith in the word of God preferring to believe Satan instead.  

    The scriptures do not state that the command not to eat from that tree was told to Eve, by God, so we can assume Eve knew of this divine law from her husband.  In fact, she told Satan they were not suppose to even touch this tree which was a warning probably added by Adam when he told her of the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil.  Now Eve was able to be deceived because she was getting the information of that command from her husband and he might have been mistaken as far as she was concerned.   Just the same, there is no doubt that both Adam and Eve were fully aware that eating from this tree was wrong.    However, they were not yet aware of evil or the evil intent behind what Satan was saying until they had actually bitten into this fruit.  

     There is something else about all this so far that we should look at.    This tree was not there accidentally it existed and was placed there for a very specific reason.   That tree was there to test, not only man but also angels and as it turned those with faults failed the test.  Also the reason for the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil is stated by its name.    Why, then, if it was there to teach the difference between good and evil did God refuse to allow them to eat of it?     Quite obviously from Gen 3:6, it was because God had perceived that they were not yet ready to handle good and evil.    They were given a perfect body, which means they had a perfect mind capable of learning all things.    Just the same, from the scriptures we are reading they obviously had not been given all the information those perfect minds were able to receive.    Those minds were in a state of learning.  Obviously they had not yet learned about good and evil.  Indeed, by their actions they proved they had not even mastered control over right and wrong yet.    In fact, mankind after thousands of years still has not learned to put right and wrong in their proper places. Just the same:

Gen 3: 7.  

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. (NAS)

    Was there something magical about the fruit from this tree?    Not at all!    How then were their "eyes opened?"   They were opened by their own realization that they had both just done something wrong.   What they had done by disobeying this command from God was not evil; it was simply wrong.  They both knew it was wrong and by this one foolish act, they had condemned themselves and their descendants to death.

    Was this act so horrendous that it deserved such a severe penalty?    Let us look at that question from the view of the Bible or we might say in the manner that God saw it.

    It has been said that God knew they would disobey His command concerning this tree of knowledge of good and evil.    This may be true, but the fact remains that God did NOT force them to do this.    Although Satan deceived them, it was a choice they themselves made using something else that had been given to them by God, free will.    In making that choice, they displayed a lack of faith and love for their God.  But God is a God of love, argue others.    Well let us look at what God has said in his word concerning this.

Exodus 34:7  

Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. (KJV)

   "Visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children," There are four separate times that this statement by God is repeated in the Bible. (Exodus 20:5, Exodus 34:7, Numbers 14:18, and Deut 5:9)

    There is something else that must be said about this punishment.  It could have been worse.  It could have been permanent death without any recourse to atonement or relief.  But, God in His infinite wisdom had already planned for the salvation of all mankind through his only begotten Son who would appear on the scene precisely at the moment appointed by his Father. 

    Just the same, Adam and Eve’s transgression proved that they were more concerned with themselves than they were with what God had told them.   They accepted a lie about God to gain wisdom.    They accepted a statement from Satan that God himself was lying.    Their act of disobedience revealed a total lack of faith and respect for the God they walked and talked with.    They were created perfect physically, yet their spiritual values were nowhere near perfect.    Does this mean that they were not created perfect then?    No it does not.    They had perfect minds but those minds were in a state of learning.    Those perfect minds still did not possess all knowledge.    As an example of this, they did not possess the knowledge of the difference between good and evil until after they had sinned.

    They also had, like we today, been given freedom of will.    Remember they were the beginning of the spiritual family of God but it was they themselves, by this act, which caused them to abandon their spiritual training that had been coming directly from God.

    Well then, the argument goes on, if the two who were perfect couldn’t obey God; no one could.    To which the Bible points, in answer, to Abraham. His wife, a woman 90 years old, gave Abraham a son named Isaac.    A wife, by the way, who laughed when she heard she was to have a child at that age.    Yet, when God demanded the sacrifice of this only son through Sarah, Abraham was ready to do so with absolute unquestioning faith that God could not and would not do anything wrong.    Absolute faith that God knew exactly and precisely what he was doing.  Abraham was not physically perfect but he was perfect in spiritual faith.  So much so it controlled his physical being.  So much so that Abraham was justified by God because of his faith.   God, of course, had no intention of having Isaac killed as a sacrifice; but one of the reasons God had called for this action by Abraham was to prove that even imperfect man did have and could have, perfect faith.    It might be mentioned also that Isaac was not an infant at this time and yet he offered no resistance to God calling for his very life.    It was by faith alone that Abraham was justified in the eyes of God.    For his unswerving faith, Abraham became the father of God's earthly and spiritual family.   Through Abraham a chosen people were born. Isaac fathered Jacob and an angel changed Jacob’s name to Israel.    Jacob's twelve sons became the twelve tribes of Israel, who it turned out, had exactly the same problem with faith as Adam and Eve.

    The term "They knew that they were naked" in verse 7 above is more a guilt awakening then a physical one.   Since they both knew that they had just committed an act against the command of their creator, covering their physical bodies manifested their spiritual nakedness.  They decided they were naked not God.   If being naked physically bothered God, he would have clothed them to begin with, which means that their physical nakedness was of no concern to God.   Therefore, the covering with loincloth was a visible physical sign by Adam and Eve of an inner guilt they felt.  This is born out by the next verse in the narrative, which tells us they, like children, actually tried to hide from God.

Genesis 3:8.  

And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. (NAS)

    "The sound of the LORD God walking in the garden".   If you read this verse from an interlinear Hebrew to English version and check all the words that are there, you will find that it was the spiritual presence of God that is being referred to in verse 8.    Moses was told that man could not literally see God and live.   Not because of any taboo about it, but because this is not physically possible for man in an earthly body.   Just as it is not physically possible for a man to stand on the surface of the sun.   His atoms would have been reduced to ashes long before he got anywhere near the surface of any star.   It is one of the reasons Christ told us that to literally see God, in his true form, we must be born again in a spiritual body.  Just the same, God can manifest his presence and make it felt in the same manner he did when his presence was displayed between two golden cherub angels on the mercy seat of the ark of the covenant.

Genesis 3:9.  

Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, "Where are you?" (NAS)

     This verse is clearly a retort by God formed as a question.    It is formed in the same way as you finding your children with a cookie in each hand after you have told them not to go near the cookie jar, asking, "What have you done?"    You already know what they have done.    There are crumbs all over their mouths and the evidence in in their hands.     The question, even to small children, implies retribution is coming.     Even so this question by God is giving Adam and Eve an opportunity or chance to explain why they are hiding from him.

Genesis 3:10 

And he said, "I heard the sound of Thee in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself." (NAS)

     Now this lame excuse by Adam leads God to the next retort also formed in a question.    A question designed to extract a confession to what God already knows has happened.     The loincloths they are wearing is clear irrefutable evidence of there action and guilt.

Genesis 3:11  

And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?" (NAS)

   Notice also here that God, by this question, is still giving them a chance to explain why they disobeyed His command concerning the tree of knowledge of good and evil.    A chance not only to confess but for them also to display some form of repentance at their action.   Now let us look closely at what Adam replies to this question.

Genesis 3:12  

And the man said, "The woman whom Thou gavest {to be} with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate." (NAS)

    Adam is here trying to shift the cause for his disobedience not only on Eve but also on God Himself.   In effect, Adam is saying if you hadn’t given me this woman, it would not have happened.    The point here is that repentance for his action did not come into Adam's answer and probably not into his mind.    Rather he is trying to duck the issue by putting the blame on someone else.

    Now, like a prosecutor in a courtroom establishing the cause for the crime, God asks the same kind of question directly of Eve.

Genesis 3:13. Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?"    And the woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." (NAS)

There is no hint of repentance in Eves answer either. Seemingly taking her cue from Adam, she blames the serpent.     Now we know that Satan was the root cause of the deception.     Nonetheless, that does not absolve either Adam or his wife of their actions, for it has been clearly established they both knew eating that fruit was wrong.     Both their actions, and their answers to God's questions, have convicted them.    It is now time in the narrative for the sentencing of the retribution implied by the questions from God.   That retribution is aimed first at the serpent which is levied in verse 14.  

Gen 3: 14-15  

14 And the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; On your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life;

But, God was not fooled or deceived by Satan's deceptive appearance so verse 15 is aimed at him. 

15. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel." (NAS)

   From the semicolon at the end of verse 14, at life, it is evident that both these verses are one subject thought.     Yet, they are separated for good reason, for one deals with the physical and the other with the spiritual.    It is also obvious that God deals retribution to the snake first because He recognizes that Satan, using the snake, is the root cause of the problem but the penalty to the serpent would for all time remind man of the reason that death was now his constant companion.

    We know from science that there are snakes on earth today, which have vestiges of legs within their bodies.   In other words, snakes did have and did use legs at one time in the past.  Yet, even though cursed by God as a reminder to man, snakes manage to function quite well without legs even in the desert, where they are called sidewinders due to their extremely rapid sideward motion across sand.   Thus, living evidence by God was left for mankind, for it is also evident in that few people find snakes anything but sinister or ominous.   Something to be avoided, which is the point that was behind God cursing the physical snake in the manner He did. This explains Genesis 3:14.

     That Gen 3:15 is dealing with a spiritual matter becomes clear when one realizes that it is in this verse that God is addressing Satan without naming him.   God did not deem it worth while to address him outright, which was a sign of God's contempt for Satan’s action, since as a spiritual being, he most certainly should have known better, particularly since Satan's actions had caused him to crash down from his lofty position as the angel in charge of the Garden of Eden.  Centuries  later God's only begotten Son would refer to this event by saying:  Luke 10:18   "...I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning." 
NAS

 Genesis 15

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed;

    The word enmity is defined by Strong’s dictionary as follows.

    'eybah (ay-baw'); from 340; hostility: KJV-- enmity, hatred.

    It is also in this verse that the first prophecy concerning mankind is given by God, and concerns Satan’s future battles with Christ and the body of Christ, all of which is spelled out through the rest of the Word and in detail in Revelation.

    "He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel."

    Notice that all this hinges around the battle between good and evil.  This did not come as a surprise to God, nor did God have to alter or adjust his plans in any way.   Nothing or no be they angels of man or both together can alter God's plans.  The gift of free will had caused two paths to be formed in front of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  The Bible makes it clear that both paths lead to exactly where God wants mankind in the end.  The difference is, one was a sheltered and easy path, the other a hard and torturous path.   It was man's own disobedience, an act that was wrong, that put him on this wrong path.  It is with the next verse that God explains the results of this wrong action by both Adam and Eve and where this path will lead them.

Genesis 3:16   

To the woman He said, "I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, in pain you shall bring forth children; yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you." (NAS)

    Pain in childbirth is again another form of visible evidence of what disobedience causes.    This is true also in the command that her husband would rule over her.    This was a step down for Eve because originally she had been created as a helpmate or partner of Adam not as someone lower.

Genesis 3:17.  

Then to Adam He said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat from it;' cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. (NAS)

    "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife…" instead of the voice of God, the very ground he walked upon was cursed.   The creator did not do this as vengeance, for God did not hold the earth responsible.   Rather God cursing the earth set in motion the ultimate penalty of death for all mankind.   A penalty God would have been justified in bringing about at that instant.  Yet, God's mercy allowed Adam to live for 930 years; just 70 years short of one day in God's eyes:

2 Pet 3:8  

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. (KJV)

2 Peter 3:8 above relates directly to Gen 2:17 "In the day thou eatest thou shalt surely die" (KJV)

    The narrative now continues with the penalty for their action.

Gen 3:18,19 

18 "Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field;

19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return." (NAS)

    The above two scriptures need no explanation.  Any graveyard verifies Verse 19.  However, it is this curse that the death of Christ saved mankind from.  Christ removed the results of this curse against anyone that becomes a member of the family of God.  Christ offers eternal life as a spiritual brother but that life could not happen while under a curse of death from God.  This is the reason sins were atoned for by the death of Christ for the wages of sin are death.  Christ took away those wages by forgiving sins.  All of this had been worked out by the Almighty before the beginning spoken of in Genesis 1:1.

 Genesis 3:20  

Now the man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all {the} living. (NAS)

    We all know that Adam called his wife Eve but up to this time she had been addressed as either woman or wife because woman was what Adam had named her when she had been created. (Gen 2:23)

Genesis 3:21   

And the LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. (NAS)

    There is an old joke about a tailor who promised God that if he gave him prosperity he would make the Lord his partner.   When asked what God said to this, the man replied, "Haven’t you ever heard of Lord and Tailor?"

    The point of this joke is God did not materialize as a tailor and manufacture clothes for them.   Yet, he knew they would be going out into a different world than what they had been created into and garments for protection would be needed.  Therefore, this knowledge was imparted to them.    If you recall, they were using fig leaves.  Verse 21 above is really pointing out that they had brought this shame of spiritual nakedness upon themselves and it was now time for them to wear it as a constant reminder.

Gen 3:22   

Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever--" (NAS)

    "…Like one of Us, knowing good and evil…" Like one of whom?  Who are the "Us" God is speaking of here?   God is talking about Himself and his only begotten son Christ (John 3:16) who was created long before either Adam or Eve.

Col 1:15.  

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: (KJV)

    The firstborn of every creature means exactly what it says. The firstborn of creatures means Christ’s birth was before the angels, before the universe, before anything but God himself. After the only begotten son of God was born by God, everything else was done by Christ as his Fathers master craftsman using his Father's power or Holy Spirit.

John 1:2-3  

2 The same was in the beginning with God.

  3 All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. (KJV)

     "Lest he stretch out his hand…" It should be clear from this statement by God to his son Christ that the man and woman had not yet eaten from this tree of life.  Why?   We are not told.    Perhaps the fruit was not ripe yet or perhaps the fruit had not even blossomed, or maybe one needed to continually eat from this tree.    The point is, the fruit of the tree of life had not been eaten by Adam and Eve, which is verified by:

    "And take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever--"

    Again we are confronted with the question, was this some kind of magical fruit?    Again the answer is no.

    We know that God created the universe under laws it follows unerringly.   Galaxies exist with all the suns they contain and obey these laws instituted by the creator.    We do not know all those laws.   Science has discovered many, such as gravity, attraction and repulsion, positive and negatives the effects of heat or cold, the speed of light, etc.   These are all verifiable.   Just the same, we can only guess at such things like the laws that control what science believes to be black holes.    There are, logic tells us, many laws governing the universe that we haven’t the slightest idea even exist.    Yet, God knows down to the tiniest detail all the ramifications of all the laws that make this universe work.

    Now, we at the Bible Probe are not scientists.    Yet, even we, with our limited knowledge of the workings of the universe, can give you a plausible explanation of how the tree of life MIGHT function.    Please take note of the word MIGHT   What is being stated here is a plausible guess as to what could make the tree of life cause eternal life.

    Growth and life function by the division of genes.    Genes replace old cells with new cells.     Science knows that genes will reproduce themselves approximately 50 times.   After that, they stop reproducing, hence one of the reasons for old age and death.   The reason they stop is because each gene can be explained as a bar with a cap at each end of it and the caps are not regenerated.   In short, they wear away until there is nothing left of them.  Once they are gone the cells die.   Could it be that the tree of life supplies the body with the ability to regenerate these caps?

    Again, we are making a guess at a plausible rational explanation that matches what we can see of the workings of the universe.   If we, with our very limited understanding of such things, can come up with a reasonable concept… HOW MUCH MORE CAN THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE, WHO KNOWS ALL THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT EVERYTHING?

    The point of all this is God knows exactly and precisely how the tree of life works along with why; and it has nothing to do with magic or fairy tales.   Now listen to what Christ, who does know how this tree of life works, has to say about it.

Rev 2:7  

'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.    To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.' (NAS)

    If you recall this is still the first week of creation, as God sees time, and the Garden of Eden had been prepared for them by God Himself, it is therefore easy to see the reason God expelled them from this garden. One of the purposes of man was to cultivate this earth and subdue it.  This job was not changed man even after he was expelled from the Garden of Eden was required to perform this task.

Gen 3:23-24  

23 Therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken.  

24  So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim, and the flaming sword which turned every direction, to guard the way to the tree of life. (NAS)

    Although the wrong action of both Adam and Eve brought about death and a horrendous history for mankind, the rest of the Word explains that this ghastly learning experience, for all mankind, would have an end to it.    It was never intended or meant to be a permanent punishment.     The Word, as a whole, brings this out clearly, but might be expressed simply by the following scripture.

Isa 62:4  

Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. (KJV)

    Hephzibah means "My delight"

    Beulah means "To be a husband to or marry"

    In short the above Scripture means that things in the end will be exactly, and as marvelous, as God intended them from the beginning of Creation.

    There is one other major question that has to be answered here.  That question is why did God allow Satan to do what he did?  Along with this question it is usually asked why didn't God just destroy Satan and Adam and Eve and start over?  The prophet Isaiah gives us the answer to the first part of this question. 

                                                         Isa 14:12-15

12
How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground-mighty though you were against the nations of the world. 

13
For you said to yourself, "I will ascend to heaven and rule the angels. I will take the highest throne. I will preside on the Mount of Assembly far away in the north. 

14
I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High." 

15
But instead, you will be brought down to the pit of hell, down to its lowest depths. 

 TLB

    Now we know that Lucifer or Satan was given the position of being in charge of the Garden of Eden.  A very powerful position.  There is an old saying that power corrupts and perhaps it was this that caused his foolishness.   At any rate The question still remains why didn't the Almighty just destroy him?  He most certainly could have for the 14th  chapter of Isaiah is predicting Satan's demise so why let him continue to bring disorder in the kingdom of God.  He was allowed to continue by God because the question he posed had to be answered.  That question was the challenge in verses 13 and 14 above.  If God had simply destroyed Lucifer at that time there would always have been that question of "Maybe Satan could have succeeded in what he was trying to do if he had had time.  Therefore God set a time limit on Satan's efforts to become like the most high God and rule the heavens.  In effect God said you have so much time at the end of that time I will destroy you and all you have built and return things to the way I purposed them from the beginning.  

    The second reason that God did not destroy Lucifer along with Adam and Eve at the time was because there was no need to do so.  Remember the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil was already in the Garden when Adam arrived.  The human pair were created for a reason which serves the purpose of God.  That purpose was to create a spiritual family for His only begotten Son that would be adopted from the earth.  To be forced to start over again would have meant that there was something wrong with the Gods plan to begin with and this was just not so.  As has been said when the pair stood in front of that tree they had a choice between two roads; one correct one wrong.  But the point is the two roads were already there, already part of the original plan.  Man failed the test the tree was designed for.  So did Satan along with, we are told in Revelation, with one third of the angels of heaven. 

    Nonetheless, the cure for all this is in the works and has been even before time began, for none of this came as a surprise to God.



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