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MAN'S PART IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN
Genesis 3:6 - And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat.
- 'The tree was good for food':
- Good means to be, do or make good.
- Food means eatable.
- Tempted to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil rather than the bread of life - the Lord Jesus.
- Lust of the eyes.
- 'It was pleasant to the eyes':
- Pleasant means a longing, a delight, greatly desire, satisfaction, long after.
- Sight (eye) means a view, an appearance.
- Attracted to the pleasures of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil rather than the pleasures of God the Father.
- Lust of the flesh.
- 'A tree to be desired to make one wise':
- Desired means to delight in, lust, greatly beloved, covet, pleasant thing.
- Wise means to be, make or act circumspect and hence intelligent :- make to understand.
- Tempted to choose the wisdom of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil rather than the wisdom of God the Holy Spirit.
- Pride of life.
Genesis 3:7 - And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
- 'Their eyes were opened':
- Eyes - seat of light - the soul.
- Opened to the light of darkness, therefore the eye became evil. Matthew 6:22,23 = blind
- 'They knew that they were naked':
- Naked means nude, either partially or totally bare - to make bare.
- The soul was naked - no longer clothed with light.
- Feared what God would see in them.
- 'Sewed fig leaves together, and made aprons':
- Covered his soul with aprons of fig leaves.
- Apron means to girdle.
- Fig leaves - images of his own making.
- Lust of the eyes hid God's light from their soul by covering up.
Genesis 3:8-10 - And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: And Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked: and I hid myself.
- Hid means to secrete, hide self, to remain out of sight, to seek protection or evade responsibility, to withhold or withdraw from sight.
- Hid themselves from hearing God's voice = went deaf.
- Hid among the trees.
- Man lost the pleasure of God's and each other's company.
- Put a wall of trees between them and God.
- Trees are a symbol of hate.
- Afraid - to fear, to revere, to frighten.
- Naked - to make bare, to be cunning.
- Afraid because soul was naked - so hid themselves.
- Man knew fear for the first time.
- Man feared what God would say to him.
- Lust of the flesh.
Genesis 3:11b-13 - Hast thou eaten of the tree, where of I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat: And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
- 'Whereof I commanded thee':
- Have you disobeyed my words?
- This was not a request but a command.
- Feared what God would do to them.
- Blameshifting - hiding behind others = dumb in the heart.
- Man blamed the woman.
- Man blamed God - it was God's gift to man that caused him to sin.
- Woman blamed the serpent.
- Blameshifting uses others as shields.
- Beguiled - to lead astray, ie. mentally to delude, morally to seduce.
- Pride of life.
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