The Nature of Man

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The Fall

1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”

16 To the woman he said,

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.”

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”

20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

– Genesis 3 NIV

Genesis chapter 3 is the account of the Fall of Man, although the word, “fall,” sounds like accidental, it was an intentional act of man. The man chose what Satan, the Adversary, intended to do the man. Satan had existed by his own pride but he could not affect the man unless he deprived the man of God, the Creator.

The Word created all things, visible and invisible, in heaven and on earth (John 1:1-5; Colossians 1:15-17). Interestingly, even Satan used his own word to communicate when tempting the man (Satan cannot create anything, but abuses what God created including word as an imitator).

Satan won the man and woman who were created in the image of God. Shame came into the man as a state of nakedness which was needed to be cover-up with man’s means of effort, which is, temporal makeshift things, fig leaves, while God provided them with the redemption of the sacrificed animal’s skin (pointing toward Christ, the Messiah; v. 15). Spiritual coverup also can be seen in blaming others: The man blamed the woman; the woman blamed the serpent (vs. 11-13).

God said, “Where are you?” (v. 9). He knew where Adam and Eve were, but He meant to be lost in communication. The man did not want to be in the presence of the God. It was a sad day in the history of Creation.

God said, “The man has become like one of us…” (v. 22). Until we came to the age of Christ and the Holy Spirit in the new covenant, it was not easy to understand the plurality of God’s nature other than the majestic plural in the God’s name (in Hebrew). Since the evil entered into the man, God protected the man from the evil which could live forever by man’s partaking the tree of life through driving the man along with the woman out of the Garden of Eden and whose tree of life was guarded by the cherubim and the flaming sword.

Since then we all don’t want the God but want what we can only satisfy ourselves in His Creation whether or not by knowing we are totally depending upon everything from Him. – T

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