When God created Ishah, Eve, mother of all living, He had a specific plan in mind for woman. The Man was created outside the Garden of Eden created by Jehovah Elohim. God placed Adam (Man-Ish) in the garden. The word garden signifies a place protected by a fence or wall. It was the abode of innocence. Eve received the command from Adam, “The LORD God commanded the man, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:10; the book of beginnings. This was the prohibition from God. This was the commandment to Adam (the man) from God. Now, when Eve was conversing with “the serpent,” what did she say to the serpent? Genesis 3:2 “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 has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.” Let’s do a brief analysis of what is proposed happened in the Garden of God. Adam was the first violator of the prohibition. He was the first created and the first given the command of prohibition, “do not eat….” God gave them the opportunity to exercise as a free moral agent, to choose for or against God. “You may not eat. A warning, if you do, you will die.” Eve watered down the prohibition by adding something on which was not in the original command, a contingency “don’t even touch it.” The man and his mate were equals: She was a helper-counterpart corresponding to him. She received the creation mandate as much as Adam. Adam recognized her as “bone of my bone”—as basically like him; Eve was built, artistically made by God just as much as the man; they were both made in the image of God. So, what went wrong? It appears that Eve was in the temptation—deceived by the tempter. Who was the tempter? Was the tempter a snake, a serpent? In Hebrew, we learn that the word, Nachash is rooted in “to shine, the shining one.” Why would Eve pay such high respects to a serpent? If we consider the origin of the word, it shows more light on the meaning of using the word “serpent.” What is being said and described by using the language it describes figuratively that which is the lowest beast of the field, but outside of the garden. The “serpent” knew evil and was not ashamed to question the truth of God’s word that he said to the woman. On the other hand, Adam and Eve were innocent, not knowing evil, wrongdoing until they had eaten of this tree of knowledge which when eating of it, their eyes were opened to disobedience and challenging God’s word by violating the prohibition. The “serpent” so to speak was an object lesson of describing more to the truth the nature of the supernatural being superior in knowledge and Eve believed whatever he said was the truth and thereby putting down God that God didn’t want them to experience the best of the best and the most of the most, exposing that terrible emotion of jealousy and sin! Eve diminished God’s command. The “serpent” was more rationally Satan himself, (Rev. 20:2) a fallen angel. Eve was fascinated by “an angel of light, a glorious angel, possessing superior and supernatural knowledge. This is evidenced from several scriptures, for example in Ezekiel 28:11-19. Illustrations from scripture Herod is called a “fox” Luke 13:32. Doctrine is called leaven, Matt. 16:6. They are descriptors more true to the truth to say more closely to what is the truth and at best to bring forth the “dirty truth,” so to speak. What then do we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us!!! To be continued: Ref. The Pentateuch, James Smith, Ryrie Bible-Companion bible.
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