#Tanahk #Genesis – Not posting on Deuteronomy today. Noooope. I heard this today. and felt it appropriate. Today is about THE FALL. Ours. FIRST I want to preface this with the end of chapter 2. In vs 16 God gives ADAM a command. Here you could insert, ‘I gave you just ONE job…’ God said, ‘you are free to eat from any tree, but you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.’
Takeaway in this passage: Adam was given the responsibility of one… thing. Kinda like giving a kid one warning, you cannot do thus and such… what’s he do? That one thing you have forbidden. So, to reiterate, it was Adam’s responsibility. With me so far?
Of course, you are! God then formed woman (Eve) from Adam’s side (equal, co-inheritants. Remember, Adam? He may have been dazzled by her beauty but, he was responsible to share this info.
JUMPING to chapter 3: the serpent (a creation, not unintelligent maybe even on all fours like the other animals) who allowed WHO? Satan to do the dirty deed. So, therefore, he was crafty. Next, he approaches Eve and speaks to her. Alrighty, this is not a subordination issue, ok, got that?
Remember his one job? Standing right next to Eve (like he ever left her side…) he doesn’t speak up (the Adam syndrome). MILKTOAST! He should have said, hey don’t forget, God said… But did he? No, he stepped back and let her take control. She then took control (the Eve syndrome) answered the serpent… incorrectly.
First, she said you must not touch (God didn’t say that). Just one word misinterpreted or added to God’s word opened the door to the fall. Satan takes full advantage and says, God is wrong. She believed who? Satan! Once she tasted the fruit she liked it and gave it to Adam.
Once they both had eaten (not Eve alone) they recognized good and evil. Covering here the genitals is representative of their newfound vulnerability of heart and mind. So they worked it out to hide this themselves by putting together fig leaves to fool who? God. Totally inadequate a works-oriented method to remove their guilt. God then walks in the garden and calls ’em out. Basically saying Why are you hiding? He wanted them to confess.
Did they? NOOOO.
GOD approaches Adam, says paraphrased… you had ONE JOB. Ok so Adam does the first blame game. The woman YOU gave me… he’s blaming God for making a mistake and that mistake cost him & tempted him (I might note that there are religions out there that say the same exact thing: some god made a mistake, so we have to cover the woman, cut off private parts another mistake on God’s part, of course, lest men be tempted…)! puhleez:
But note, he talks to Adam first who did not relay the message and didn’t correct her and GOD’s words. So GOD says to Eve, what have you done (wanting a confession). She says the devil made me do it.
Note: God’s next approach is this and prophetic to Satan: ‘Cursed are you … you will crawl on your belly, I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers (in Hebrew, the word is ‘seed,’ ie sperm not Adam’s), and he (not her!) will crush your head and you will strike his heel.’
Prophetic of the ultimate doom of Satan and the death of the Messiah (yet, He was raised from the dead). Two curses down. He does NOT curse Eve. He says I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain, you will give birth to your children. Wazzat mean? Women can totally relate. Pain, yelling, screaming, then the joy of the child being born. Prophetic (she doesn’t get it, but that’s another issue).
God also said women were now subordinate because she took control and listened to Satan rather than to God, adding to His word. This was not to be abuse. Ever. This was not the carving of words into their skin or FGM.
Then God cursed the very ground that was to be fruitful and enjoyed. Adam gets painful toil, day and night, producing nothing more than weeds and work this hard until they die. Back to the dust.
Last, He makes skins for them and clothed them. NOTE: This is 1. the first sacrifice ever done by the hand of God not man, meaning the blood was spilled for them, by Him. 2. He then clothes them, a picture of future covering by the Messiah. *You can find all of this reiterated in Isaiah 53 otherwise known as the forbidden book to read. It’s too obvious! Adam and Eve were tossed from the garden forcefully. The garden is sealed until the END.
*BTW I have heard horrific explanation that Adam knew what she was going to do and let her sin so he could die for her… nope. * Tada, chap 3.
Adam syndrome: Dudes from then on let women take control and these dudes from Adam on are total milktoast. You can see it in the church, your home, your community etc.
Eve syndrome: Controlling (hey, I’ve done this, so there is that). We try to control everyone in our life, our circumstances, you name it, we’ll control it, emasculating men in every aspect of life, stripping them of being what God created, while he strips her of her humanity. It’s all about self for both.
This is what is known as original sin, that which follows us until our eyes are opened and all sin, forgiven.
Grace overcomes the curse by the cross.