The dynamics in the book of Genesis never cease to amaze me, and each time I read it I gain new insight. This past time, while reading Chapters 1-3, two very interesting thoughts came to mind.
The first came to me as I was reading Eve’s dialogue with the serpent in Gen 3:2-5, where she is telling about how she and Adam are forbidden from eating of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden. It was compelling to me that she does not describe the tree by name, but as the “tree which is in the midst of the garden,” This leads me to believe that perhaps she did not know the name of the tree, or what purpose it served. Perhaps Adam chose not to share certain details with her about his time with God on the Earth prior to her arrival. In fact, it was the serpent, who in verse 5, tells her the name of the tree, albeit indirectly, by explaining to her what would happen if and when she did eat of the fruit of that tree.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die; 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Now the verses above are chocked full of other great insights, but I’ll reserve unpacking them for another post. (Spoiler alert: the devil calls God a liar and tempts humanity with esoteric knowledge – much like today. But I digress)
The second interesting thought came to me while reading verse 6. I could never understand why Adam would have partook of the fruit knowing full well what it looked like, and what would happen if he did, but now I think I do.
First a little disclaimer: We are not given any information about how much time passes between verses in the first three chapters of Genesis. With the exception of the actual creation scenario, we really don’t begin to get an idea of time passing for humans until details about the generations are presented in Chapter 4.
The serpent was correct in what it told Eve. She did eat, and her eyes were opened, and for a brief time she was ‘smarter’ and ‘wiser’ than her husband. And, perhaps a bit arrogant about it. Mankind was created with free will from the beginning, and along with it – the potential for pride. Perhaps Adam wasn’t going to sit idly by while his wife seemingly was the smartest person in the garden. He waned in on it too!
And so, there you have it – A potential scenario where an apparent lack of communication between the first two humans created a cosmic dilemma on a scale so massive that we ‘re all still reeling from it.
The good news about all this is…..
Well, the good news of course!
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