God looked over all that He had made and it was good!
God asked Eve why she ate the fruit and she said, “The serpent tricked me.”

God had created everything on this planet perfect and good. There was abundance, love, peace, and joy. And there was absolutely no violence, fear, sickness, or death. God created Adam in His image. From Adam, He formed Eve, placing them both in the Garden of Eden. God delegated authority over the entire Earth to them, and gave them the Blessing. They were to protect the Garden and spread the Blessing throughout the Earth. Adam and Eve lived in perfect harmony with God. They were physical beings like us. But like Jesus, and Christian Believers today, they were spiritually alive and connected to God. Having daily access to God’s Wisdom made challenging tasks like naming animals not only possible, but easy. All the fruit of the Garden was there for their benefit, with only one exception. They had a choice. They could trust God’s Word and enjoy the Blessing, or sin and reap the consequences.

The Garden was full of trees that were pleasant to the eyes, and produced good fruit. But there was one tree whose fruit was off limits. It was called the tree of knowledge of good and evil. In order for God’s children to be truly be free, they had to have the ability to disobey. It was not the fruit of this tree that was necessarily bad, it was unbelief in God’s Word that led to disobedience. Even Eve would admit that the fruit of this tree was pleasant to look at, and the fruit desirable enough to eat and share with Adam. They had no need of the knowledge of evil. They were plugged into God and His Wisdom. He would have freely explained all things to them and withheld nothing. And they certainly did not need a crash course on sin. (Genesis 2:8-9, 3:6, Romans 11:33-36, James 3:13-18)

Snake Beguiles Eve

Did God Really Say…

The snake was a beautiful creature just like all the animals God created. But when you yield to demonic influence, things go from bad to worse. Eve was not surprised by the serpent talking, so you must assume that communication with animals was possible. This was not the serpent’s thoughts however. Satan was very much involved in this deception. You can see a similar situation in the life of Jesus. Peter had just declared Jesus the Messiah, the Son of the Living God. That was quite a revelation he had received that could only come from God. Then, Jesus explained his coming suffering and death. Peter attempted to change his mind. Jesus sternly rebuked him, “Get behind me Satan! You are thinking man’s thoughts, not God’s.” Where was Satan? He was the spiritual influence that was working through Peter’s mind to change God’s plan. (Matthew 16:13-28)

Satan, utilizing the snake’s body, entered the Garden to steal, kill, and destroy. Adam had the authority to demand that Satan leave and never return, and that would have been the end of his plans on Earth. Instead, Satan was allowed to sow seeds of doubt into Eve’s mind until she was deceived and no longer trusted God’s Word. (John 10:10, 2 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Timothy 2:14)

In the book of James, the author lays out the progression from desire, to lust, to temptation, to sin, and to death. This is exactly the path Eve took in the Garden. There is no telling how long Eve had admired this forbidden tree. It seems humans always desire forbidden fruit, even if the object of their lust will cause certain death. Eve knew the clear warning of God – that death was certain if she ate from the tree. God’s warning was for her good. He was not withholding anything from Eve. Her desire was noticed by the enemy, who was ready to throw some fuel on the fire. There is a better way. Believers are not slaves to sin. You are promised that if you walk in the Holy Spirit, there will be no desire for the lust of the flesh. You can put to death, or crucify the sinful desires, knowing that God will bountifully supply all your needs, and abundantly give you the GOOD or GODLY desires of your heart. Live from the inside out, letting your reborn spirit take its rightful place over your mind, will, and emotions. And renew your mind with the Word of God until it agrees with your spirit. Lust of the flesh, evil desires, and temptation are far less of a problem when you have the mind of Christ, and sin will have no dominion over you. (Psalm 7:14-17, 37:3-6, Proverbs 11:14-21, John 15:1-5, Romans 6:14-23, 8:1-13, 1 Corinthians 2:12-16, 2 Corinthians 9:8-11, 10:3-5, Galatians 5:16-26, Ephesians 4:22-27, Hebrews 4:11-16, James 1:12-17, 1 John 1:4-10)

Paul writes that only Eve was deceived. And he indicates that Adam was there with Eve as the serpent tempted her. Why she made this decision seemingly without Adam’s input is unknown. Its much harder to deceive two people. Especially in a marriage, two Believers standing in agreement can overcome anything the enemy throws at them. Divided, they become much easier to destroy. Its no surprise that the enemy attacks marriages so viciously. He introduces strife and division to undermine their power of agreement. (Deuteronomy 32:30, Matthew 18:19-20, 2 Corinthians 11:3, 1 Timothy 2:13-14, 1 John 5:14-15)

NOW THE serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he [Satan] said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the garden?

And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat the fruit from the trees of the garden,

Except the fruit from the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.

(Genesis 3:1-3 <AMP>)

In the first three verses of Genesis 3, you see the roots of all sin – questioning God’s Word. Had Eve correctly quoted God, this would have been a very short conversation. Instead, she let Satan imply that God was less than generous, holding out on them by restricting which fruit they could eat. And to make matters worse, Eve misquoted God’s Word, saying that they would die just by touching the fruit from the tree of knowledge. God knew in the day that they disobeyed Him and ate the fruit, they would spiritually die, and then later die physically. That was not His Will. The restriction was for their benefit. God is love. He never holds back any good thing from His children. (Genesis 2:16-17, James 1:16-18, 1 John 4:15-17)

But the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die, For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing the difference between good and evil and blessing and calamity.

And when the woman saw that the tree was good (suitable, pleasant) for food and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave some also to her husband, and he ate.

Then the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves apronlike girdles.

(Genesis 3:4-7 <AMP>)

With the seeds of doubt sown, Satan saw the opening he needed. He jumped at the opportunity to undermine God’s creation. “You will not die,” said Satan. “God knows that your eyes will be open and you will be like God, knowing everything.” Adam and Eve could not become more like God than they were at that moment. They were spiritually connected to Him, had regular fellowship with God in the Garden, and access to His Wisdom. The Glory of God covered them, and in their innocence, they had no shame or fear. All they knew was Love, Joy, and Faith. How could it get any better? (Psalm 16:11, 36:5-10, 63:1-8)

Note the progression of the sin – the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and pride, the desire to chart a course away from God’s perfect will for their lives. Everything the serpent said was a lie. They did not need to know evil, or the curse. God had Blessed them. They were now separated from God by spiritual death – falling from Revelation down to information. They had been innocent, enjoying a life filled with Love, Joy, and Peace. But now they, and their children after them, would live in selfishness, worry, and want. Where faith had been as natural as breathing, they would be overcome by fear.

As God called for them, as humorous as it sounds, they hid from their Creator. When asked why, Adam claimed they hid because they were naked. Did that really matter to God? As their Creator, He knew exactly every detail of Adam and Eve. God gave Adam another chance to come clean and take responsibility, instead, Adam blamed Eve. Eve in turn blamed the serpent. Fear was leading to all sorts of sin. God is there before, during, and after any sin. When you make a mistake, run to Him, not away from Him. He is Love. And He is more eager to forgive you, than you are to repent. (Genesis 3:8-13, Psalm 139:1-17, Proverbs 28:13, Jeremiah 1:4-5, Ezekiel 18:23-32, Matthew 10:29-31, Luke 12:6-7, John 3:16-17, 1 Timothy 2:1-6, 1 John 1:8-10)

God explained the full impact of their disobedience. The serpent for his role in this would be cursed above all animals, and crawl on his belly. He was once one of the glorious animals God created, but yielding to Satan’s schemes had changed his nature forever. The Earth had changed as well. Satan became god of this world, meaning the entire planet would be subject to the curse. And while Adam and Eve would find life much harder than before, there was a promise of a Savior, a Seed of a Woman, the Last Adam, that would make things right. The 1st Advent of Jesus provided for the spiritual rebirth of mankind and defeat of Satan. The 2nd Advent will continue this process and cleanse the Earth. All creation expectantly waits for the day that God’s Blessing again reigns supreme on this planet. Note the line from The Lord’s Prayer – Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. God’s Will is for Earth to be like Heaven. (Genesis 3:13-19, Matthew 6:9-13, Romans 8:16-23, 1 Corinthians 15:45-49, Galatians 3:13-16, Colossians 2:9-15, 1 Peter 3:18)

When God asked Eve what happened, she said the serpent beguiled her. Beguile means to charm, dazzle, deceive, enchant, hypnotize, seduce and a lot of other bad things a Believer should avoid. How did the serpent (Satan) accomplish his deception? He used words to paint a mental picture of how much better life could be by disobeying God’s Word. There was absolutely NO truth to what he said. That’s why he is called the father of lies. As Eve considered his words, doubt began to rise within her. And then confusion led her to misquote God’s Word. This led to unbelief, and then ultimately sin. The underlying cause of any sin is always fear. What was Eve’s fear? That God was holding out on them, that He did not want the very best for them, and finally, that He did not really love them. If you dig deep enough into any temptation or sin, you will see fear present. Why? Fear is the opposite of faith. Faith is simply believing God’s Word – expecting God’s goodness to manifest. Fear is doubting God’s Word, expecting the worst. If you truly believe God’s Word, trust that He is LOVE and loves you, and that He will abundantly supply all your needs, the need for sin evaporates. You simply praise Him, and enjoy the Peace and Joy that comes from knowing and trusting your Heavenly Father. (Genesis 3:13, Matthew 6:25-34, Romans 8:38-39, Philippians 4:4-7, Hebrews 11:1, 1 Peter 5:6-9)

Adam and Eve

The Serpent Beguiled Me.

Eve took the fruit and ate it. She then gave it to Adam and he ate it as well. At the moment of disobedience, they were cut off from God. They were dead spiritually and their bodies were now subject to sickness and death. They were suddenly aware of their nakedness and ashamed. Innocence, love, and peace once reigned in their hearts, but they were now overcome by fear, shame, and selfishness. Before, they had daily fellowship with their Heavenly Father, now they tried to hide from Him. Satan would now rule the Earth and all of creation would be subject to the curse and the corruption of evil. God sought out Adam and asked him what had happened. Adam blamed Eve. Eve blamed the serpent. God’s relationship with man would be drastically different now. God explained to them the consequences of their sin. Their first clothes required an animal sacrifice because of sin. This shedding of blood would continue throughout the Bible until Jesus. Life would be hard separated from God. But He would provide a solution and pay the penalty for man’s mistake once and for all. The seed of Eve, Jesus, would crush the serpent’s head, while Satan could only nip at his heal. This was the first of many promises of a coming Messiah. (Matthew 26:28, Ephesians 1:3-7, Hebrews 9:22, 10:1-23)

There was one more challenge. Adam and Eve still had access to the Tree of Life. Had they eaten its fruit, they would live forever in a fallen, spiritually dead state. God sent them out of the Garden and set an angel at the entrance to keep this from happening. The plan of redemption was put in place to reconnect God with His children. But life would be challenging for all mankind until Jesus came. (Genesis 3)

Consider the frequency that pagan religions have worshiped snakes, or created idols in the image of snakes. Note the primal, sometimes irrational fear people have of snakes. Where did that begin? I was a fearless kid, even played with grass snakes for fun. One day after some flooding, I bounded out of my house to visit a friend and came within a half step of the largest water moccasin I had ever seen on our front porch. I don’t think I have ever been so scared in my life! I shot back inside and got my parents. Its not the fault of snakes that fear is so readily available. Satan can use all sorts of animals, people, weather, memories, and objects to sow fear. The larger point is all humans share that traumatic emptiness (spiritual death or separation from God) from the fall deep inside. Many fears stem from that event. There is a deep yearning to be connected to their Heavenly Father. For those that have Jesus, Love Himself as their Savior and Lord, perfect Love casts out all fear. Even in the presence of a deadly snake, you can simply imitate Paul and shake it off. (Mark 16:17-18, Luke 10:19, Acts 28:2-6, 1 John 4:18)

The serpent beguiled me.
Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Jesus defeated Satan in the wilderness by quoting the Word, God’s Truth, accurately, “It is written…” An answer to every evil lie you will ever face is available in the Bible. You must study the Word, meditate on it, confess it, and have it planted deep in your spirit. When the devil tempts you with beguiling words, you will readily respond, “It is written…” And just like Jesus, you can whip him so bad he has to leave you alone for a season. (Luke 4)

Satan still even attempts to deceive Believers, causing them to doubt God’s Word. If he can get you to use your authority and speak words of fear or doubt, he can introduce sin and calamity into your life. But learn from Jesus. He defeated Satan’s temptation in the wilderness by quoting God’s Word. Jesus released faith-filled, God-inspired words and overcame all the works of the enemy. (James 4:1-8)

 

Some Other Suggestions For Creation/The Fall Of Man:
The Carpenter And The Little End Table – A Christian short story about the love between a creator and his creation

And God Blessed Them – My blog post on The Blessing and the Garden Experience.

For additional Creation Story resources

 

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