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    What can you learn from genesis 3:1-7 ?

    Lou Newton, former Steel Mill Crane Designer and Physics Teacher

    Genesis 3 (NIV)

    The Fall

    “3 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’?” “

    ( The serpent was certainly more crafty than any wild animal. This was Satan posing as a serpent. Satan is the father of lies and the most subtle of beings. Notice the lie he tells Eve. Satan lied, for God did not say you must not eat from any tree. God said you can eat from any tree of the garden except the tree of Knowledge of good and evil )

    “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.’” “

    ( Notice the woman corrects Satan, but still tells a lie herself. God did not say they would die if they touched the tree of knowledge, but if they ate the fruit from that tree. Eve would have us believe that God said they would die if they accidentally backed into the tree of Knowledge. No, they had to willfully pick the fruit, and then eat it )

    “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.” “

    ( Now Eve knew that the serpent was a liar, so why listen to it any more. But she was foolish and listened to what it said, Why, because the Serpent told her what she wanted to hear. )

    “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 saw the fruit was pleasing to the eye, pleasing to her appetite, and pleasing to her ego; so she ate of it. Satan wanted to be like God, and he tempted Eve with the same temptation. The same it true today. Men want to be like God and decide what is evil and what is good. They want to decide what is right and what is wrong. )

    “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. “

    ( Their eyes were opened and they knew good from evil. BUT they suddenly knew they were naked. )

    “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.” “

    (The Lord used to walk in the garden with Adam and they were friends. But now Adam is aware that he is naked before God and so is afraid of God. )

    Genesis 2 NIV

    “15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” “

    Well Adam is still alive in the natural after he ate of the tree. But Adam did die when he ate of that tree. He used to be friends with God and now he was afraid of God. Adam did not die a natural death for he lived to be 930. But Adam died a spiritual death or real death.

    See Death - are there different kinds of death ?