|Genesis 2:16-17,3:1-6,3:24 |
16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "You may freely eat of every tree of the garden;
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat; for on the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."1 [ Adam and Eve did die to the Life of God, not to the life that we know. The life we have in this physical world of earth, to where and what Adam and Eve were banished, is a death; we are dead to the life of God and thereby cursed, but without knowing how much better the life of God is, we cannot fully see our sad state.]
1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any creature that the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God really said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?'"
2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of all the trees of the garden,
3 Except the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden. God has said, 'You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'"
4 And the serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die.1
5 For God knows that on the day that you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."2
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 its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate. [She began thinking for herself, doubting that God was incapable of deceiving her, (doubt is the opposite of faith); believing the serpent and making her first, independent-of-God decision: that the tree (knowledge) was good for her; desiring knowledge to be wise like God and decide for herself whatever was good and bad. The fruit of her doubting and thinking was lust and ambition; that was the fruit of her thinking independent-of-God. "I the LORD search the heart, I try the mind, to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings [works]." Jer 17:10. Doubting and thinking led to lust and ambition, (the fruit), which led to her disobedience, which was her eating the fruit, which resulted in the penalties of God, who gives to every man according to the fruit of his doings, according to his ways — be those ways walking in faith or walking according to "the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the thoughts of our mind," Eph 2:3]
24 So he drove the man out; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden the Cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life. [Thus men passed from life to death, having lost the life of God, which is the light of men; and all men then walk in darkness, unless they are restored to the image of God — pure, perfect, holy, and righteous — passed from death to life — back to eating from the tree of life in paradise. Until restoration, all men are mostly deaf to the voice of the Lord, blind in darkness out of the light of God, lame in ability to walk with God, and dumb with inability to speak virtuous words as directed by God. From the Word of the Lord within: "Obedience leads to restoration of life."]