Genesis 3 deals with what is simply known as “The Fall”.
I am sure most everyone knows this story. The story of how God gave man the Garden of Eden. A paradise which contained everything man would need to fulfill his spiritual and physical needs.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.
God had given man all that he needed, just as Solomon realized thousands of years later, God had given man everything from the moment of creation. In the Garden of Eden man had all he needed to eat and drink and be happy in his toil.
But vanity took its toll on Eve as the serpent enticed her with covetousness, enticed her to seek and want that which she did not have, that which she did not need.
Adam and Eve coveted what the serpent was placing in their minds, the knowledge of good and evil. They coveted what God possessed and through vanity the serpent encouraged them to sin against God.
In Genesis 3:3 Eve says to the serpent: “But God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die’”.
In Genesis 3:4-5 the serpent answers Eve and plants the seed of covetousness: “You shall not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
In saying this the serpent was both right and wrong.
The serpent was right that man would know good and evil, but was wrong in saying man would not die.
I’m not referring to Adam and Eve suddenly keeling over like they just ate some cyanide. What would die would be the Godly part of man. That part of man would die with this knowledge. Because now that man is fully aware of good and evil, he cannot resist evil and therefore dies with evil.
“The Fall” is a metaphor, a parable to explain the loss of innocence and righteousness that we are born with.
We are naïve and pure of heart as a child. As we develop, as we learn about and watch evil be it blatant or subliminal, our innocence, our Godliness and our righteousness slowly dies.
Some of us have no desire to regain our righteousness, but most of us spend the rest of our lives trying to regain that righteousness. We try to regain the innocence that we lost as we eat from the tree of knowledge.
The serpent was right. God knew as we grow and gained knowledge we could grow in Godliness and the understanding of God. But God knew our fallacies, our imperfections and perversions. God knew our lack of discipline and control. God knew our ability to covet and use this knowledge for vanity and selfish evil intent.
God didn’t want mindless robots as some would tell you. God didn’t withhold the knowledge to keep us in check. God was protecting us just like a parent hopes to protect their child from the brutal realities and evils of the world. A parent hopes to protect their child until they have become strong enough to protect themselves and continue on the path of righteousness.
All parents have watched their children lose their innocence over the years.
This is what the story of “The Fall” is about. The loss of innocence and knowing the years of toil and heartache to come, a loss of innocence to never be regained.
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