GENESIS. The Beginning. God’s creative beginning. Onward to Chapter Three:
- Satan was introduced as “the serpent.” More Cunning than the other animals. Why? Because he allowed himself to be used by Satan? HMMMM! No answer for this. God said – Not really important.
- The snake talked. He talked. I mean it is not everyday that a snake draws up and talks to you unless, of course, you are a Disney character.
- Now here’s a question: 1) Could all the animals talk and think like the serpent? If yes, not so strange. If NO! WHAT. WAS. EVE. THINKING?
Okay, I’m back. That serpent had access to the Garden, by extension Satan had access to the Garden. Satan used the same temptation He succumbed to to tempt Eve. Be careful, what he’s up to… NOTHING NEW.
Satan never actually TOLD Eve anything. He didn’t have to lie to her. He asked her questions and the conclusions she drew ON. HER. OWN. led her to believe a lie. Now, let’s just hold onto that for a minute.
She lost the battle the moment she agreed with the enemy in her conclusion against God.
This part always gives me pause. ADAM. WAS. WITH. HER. Really?
- Did he object?
- Did he try to stop her?
- Was he also taken in by the snake?
The consequences doled out to Adam indicate his role loomed more than complicit, but instead a willful act of violating God’s boundary by eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
The awareness of knowledge of good and evil brought no refreshing revelation. It brought shame, hiding and fear – all of which required covering. Anything that is happening in my life that causes shame, fear or hiding should be checked. God or bad – hiding from God is not being submitted to Him as my covering and righteousness.
God still pursued Adam and Eve, even after they sinned. He went looking for them. He even knew they were hiding from Him. He even knew why – He didn’t give up on them.
I chuckle at this next part: When he found them – they told on themselves. “Who told you you were naked?”
They were AFRAID. Fear and shame together never come from agreement with God. The Holy Spirit never condemns.
THREE. WERE. GUILTY. 1) The serpent; 2) Eve; 3) Adam.
ACCUSATION. 1) Satan indirectly accused God of holding out with his question to Eve; 2) Eve accused Satan of deceiving her; 3) Adam accused both Eve and by extension God for his decision… “The woman YOU gave me.” (emphasis mine)
EVERYTHING. WAS. CURSED. Satan. Adam. Eve. The entire earth.
Creation – All of Creation betrayed God that day. All of creation would suffer the consequence.
Adam and Eve were removed from the Garden. Why? PROTECTION. In a fallen state, immortality is the ultimate consequence. SATAN. KNOWS. THAT. Adam and Eve did not.
More tomorrow… Until then.