Satan devised a plan to distort the good and moral nature of Adam. Feeling robbed of the prestigious recognition he possessed as the covering cherub, this brilliant and powerful cherub withheld merited praise from God and then he ascribed to the Almighty unmerited blame for his own iniquity. His bitterness turned into full-blown hatred for the Creator, and he sought to use fraud to get mankind to withhold from Yahweh what was due Him… service to the Father by mankind in a relationship of humility, love and obedience.
The expression of Satan’s resentment toward God, using deceit and fraud to draw others away from Him, is THE prototype for blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. To blaspheme the Holy Spirit is to actively use deceptive techniques to manipulate others away from the Creator and to control them through religious servitude. This is what the Sadducees and Pharisees did when they worked against Jesus; they KNEW he a man who was exercising the authority and power given him BY God and yet they still plotted against him (See Matthew 12:22-45 with Mark 3:22-30 with Luke 11:14-12:12).
Using fraud (lies & deceit) to convince man to disobey God’s command, the serpent tempted the woman because he saw her as more susceptible and more easily manipulated. The reason he knew this is because he was an archeé angel; he was one of Yahweh’s elect messengers, and he was there when God said to all the cherubim, “Let US make man in OUR image, according to OUR likeness…”
Adam was made in God’s image and was the product of His direct creation. God made him from the dust of the earth and then breathed the breath of life into him, and man became a living soul. On the other hand, the woman originated from the side of man, and was created from his rib to and made to be a helper suitable to HIM.
This does not mean the woman was inferior to the man, but she was definitely WEAKER.
1 Timothy 2:13-14 For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. 14 And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. NASU (Also see Genesis 2:7,21,22; 3:1-6)
1 Peter 3:7 You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. NASU
The phrase, “And it was not Adam who was deceived,” uses the Greek word, “eepateéthee” in 1 Timothy 2:14 translated as, “deceived.” The literal meaning of this Greek word is, “to cheat; to delude.” In our language we would say it this way, “And it was not Adam who was conned, taken in, duped, fooled, tricked or misled.” These synonyms all convey the intended meaning of eepateéthee.
The second phrase in the passage above, “but the woman being deceived,” uses an the same Greek word as the first, but adds the Greek preposition, “ek,” to it, changing it to, “exapateetheísa,” which is literally defined as, “to seduce wholly.” This preposition “ek” is significant because it denotes the origin from whence the action takes place. Thus, the seduction of Eve came from within her, not from without. It demonstrates to the reader the devil’s trickery and seduction took place within the woman’s heart and mind, and may have included her feelings and emotions as well.
The devil tempts us from within; to understand his tactics helps us know how to fight against him. We cannot blame the devil for the evil thoughts just because he is given permission to implant in us; God expects us, as His beloved children, not to lean on our own understanding to outwit this powerful angel of darkness, but to lean upon HIS word for triumph over the devil’s traducing (seduction).
Mark 7:21-23 For from within, that is out of the hearts of men, come base and wicked thoughts, sexual immorality, stealing, murder, adultery, 22 Coveting (a greedy desire to have more wealth), dangerous and destructive wickedness, deceit; unrestrained (indecent) conduct; an evil eye (envy), slander (evil speaking, malicious misrepresentation, abusiveness), pride (the sin of an uplifted heart against God and man), foolishness (folly, lack of sense, recklessness, thoughtlessness). 23 All these evil purposes and desires come from within, and they make the man unclean and render him unhallowed. AMP
In the text of Genesis 3:13 (below) the woman acknowledge she was duped by the serpent, saying, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate." The Hebrew word for “deceived,” is, “hishiy'aniy,” is in the Hiphil and it is literally defined as meaning, “to utterly lead astray, i.e. (mentally) to completely delude, or (morally) to seduce entirely.”
An interesting parallel to 1 Timothy 2:14 is found in 2 Corinthians 11:3; this is Paul’s exhortation to the churches in Corinth to beware of pseudo-gospel messages and those who preach a “Jesus” that is not genuine. He expresses his desire to see the church presented to Christ as a chaste virgin. His use of this language demonstrates the purity and sincerity of the truth needed in their service and relationship with the Father and with one another.
2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. NASU
The Greek word for “deceived” here is, “exapateetheísa,” showing Paul’s admonition aims at the origin or fertile soil where sin begins… the mind and heart. More to the point, he mentions deceit and the seduction of the church from WITHIN, pointing out false apostles and those whom Satan uses as messengers of a hypnotic light contrary to the truth of scripture (See 2 Corinthians 11:13-15).
The churches in America today have been “seduced wholly” by false apostles, and men and women who masquerade as messengers of God and Christ, but who are really Satan’s bait to lure the undiscerning Christian. They wear the proverbial Greek actor’s mask, playing the role of pastor, speaker, healer, and evangelist all in the pretext of greed and promotion of self.
One well-known televangelist who refers to himself as a “pastor” conducts large, charismatic “crusade” meetings across the nation, and even the world. He gently woos his television and crusade audience with a charisma of a polished orator. He speaks with bowed head and closed eyes, whispering a prayer, “Come Holy Spirit come, in the blessed name of Jesus.” In his revival meetings God heals people, and they feel the presence of Jesus there. As a result, they ASSUME this messenger with a far-eat accent is God’s “anointed” and “chosen” one, and they glibly overlook this man’s ploy for personal wealth and religious prestige. Little do they realize Satan disguises himself as an angel of light in this man, and so many like him do the same for profit.
Christians today are few and far between that are discerning and know how to judge a man’s work. They often fail to recognize the essential difference between the gifts God gives and the fruit of the spirit. Gifts are something given to a willing vessel BY God for the edification of His people, whereas the fruit of the spirit is character development, and must be carefully cultivated in an individual believer.
In Matthew 7:20-23 Jesus said, “Therefore, you will fully know them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father Who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name and driven out demons in your name and done many mighty works in your name?’ And then I will say to them openly (publicly), ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who act wickedly disregarding my commands.’” (Amplified Bible)
In Revelation 22:1-5 the tree of life is seen bearing twelve (12) varieties of fruit; these are the “fruit” of the spirit. It is extremely important to thorough knowledge of the fruit of the spirit to discern who is and who isn’t a true believer. The fruit of the spirit comes from the tree of life while the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil can only produce a counterfeit.
The Greek word for fruit is karpoús, karpou, or karpon; this Greek word is defined as follows:
1. Properly: the fruit of trees, Matthew 12:33
2. Metaphorically, that which originates or comes from something; an effect, result
a. Equivalent to érgon, work, act, deed: Galatians 5:22
b. Advantage, profit, utility: Philippians 1:22; 4:17
c. Praises, which are presented to God as a thank-offering: Hebrews 13:15
d. To gather fruit John 4:36
(From Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 2000 by Biblesoft)
22:1 The he showed me the river whose waters give life, sparkling like crystal, flowing out from the throne of God and of the Lamb
22:2 Through the middle of the broadway of the city; also, on either side of the river was the tree of life with its twelve varieties of fruit, yielding each month its fresh crop; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing and the restoration of the nations. [Genesis 2:9.]
22:3 There shall no longer exist there anything that is accursed (detestable, foul, offensive, impure, hateful, or horrible). But the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall worship Him.
22:4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. [Psalm 17:15.]
22:5 And there shall be no more night; they have no need for lamplight or sunlight, for the Lord God will illuminate them and be their light, and they shall reign forever and ever (through the eternities of the eternities). AMP
When the NT speaks of “fruit” of the spirit and it is not literal fruit it; rather this language is metaphorical for that which originates or is the produce of fellowship with God’s spirit and truth (John 4:23-24). Fruit of the spirit is the effect or result of what someone consumes; it is likened to eating literal fruit to illustrate those things we take INSIDE of us; it is what the heart and mind feed upon). Fruit is also the byproduct of our lives, such as our work, acts, or deeds.
Because fruit is used in scripture analogous to what is in our hearts, then the “tree” symbolizes the human being. In other words, man is likened to a fruit-bearing tree and this is taught throughout the Old and New Testaments. Proof of this is clearly illustrated in the gospels when Jesus healed the blind man. Before the man was healed, Jesus spit upon his eyes and then asked him, “What do you see?” Here is his reply to Jesus:
Mark 8:24 He looked up and said, "I see people; they look like trees walking around." (From New International Version)
The Greek word for “people” in Mark 8:24 is “anthroópous” meaning, “human beings.” The word for “trees” is “déndra” meaning, “trees,” and it is used repeatedly in the NT referring to human beings and believers in particular. The Sadducees and Pharisees to be baptized, approached John the Baptist and he responded telling them to bear the “fruit” of repentance.
Matthew 3: 7-10 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance; 9 and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, ' We have Abraham for our father'; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. 10 The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Jesus repeatedly echoed what John the Baptist said and in Matthew 12:32-34 says a tree’s fruit is recognizable by what overflows from the heart.
Matthew 12:32-34 “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. 33 Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” (From New International Version)
The context of Luke 6:41-45 likens the hypocrisy of criticizing and judging one’s own brother to a decayed, worthless, and sickly tree bearing rotten fruit. The contrast between the “good” and “evil” man is made by identifying the kind of “fruit” that comes out of their mouth.
Luke 6:41-45 “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye but do not notice or consider the beam of timber that is in your own eye? 42 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, allow me to take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the beam that is in your own eye? You actor (pretender, hypocrite)! First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye. 43 For there is no good (healthy) tree that bears decayed (worthless, stale) fruit, nor on the other hand does a decayed (worthless, sickly) tree bear good fruit. 44 For each tree is known and identified by its own fruit; for figs are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor is a cluster of grapes picked from a bramble bush. 45 The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure stored in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks. AMP
The parable of the mustard seed is a story about Jesus as the foremost tree in God’s field. In the parable the “man” is referring to God the Father; He planted a seed so small in the eyes of other men it was barely acknowledged. This is how Jesus came to God’s elect; he did not speak loudly or blow a trumpet; he did not enter Jerusalem as a conquering king that delivered the Jews from their Roman oppressors. Instead, Jesus came as a servant making himself “least” among his brethren, setting an example for all to follow (Read Isaiah 53:1-12).
God planted Jesus into the soil of humanity and ever since he was planted, Jesus has grown from a tiny seed into the greatest of all trees.
Matthew 13:31-32 Another story by way of comparison He set forth before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field. 32 Of all the seeds it is the smallest, but when it has grown it is the largest of the garden herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and find shelter in its branches.” AMP
Jesus Christ is the tree that was planted by God and his “branches” extend to the ends of the earth. The “birds” nesting in its branches are not part of the tree; these are messengers of the evil one; the “birds of the air” are associated with the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2).
Though Jesus is the tree representing the kingdom of heaven, his “roots” are found deeply planted in the Law and the Prophets (i.e. – the Old Testament & its spiritual patriarchs). Jesus is said to be a, “tender shoot,” that grows into a, “branch,” that bears, “fruit,” for God.
Isaiah 11:1-3 Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. 2 And the Spirit of the LORD will rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. 3 And he will delight in the fear of the LORD, and he will not judge by what his eyes see, nor make a decision by what his ears hear. NAS
Jeremiah 23:5 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch (Sprout), and he will reign as King and do wisely and will execute justice and righteousness in the land.” AMP
Jesus is called the, “stem of Jesse,” and, “a righteous Branch,” to David. God the Father firmly planted Jesus in the soil of His word (OT scriptures); because of this, Isaiah says, “a branch from his (Jesse’s) roots will bear fruit.“ God admonishes us to be rooted and grounded in His word. The word of God is like the nutrients that produce the fruit of the spirit. Jesus depended on these divine nutrients, “… the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.”
There are only two passages in the NT that actually use the language, “fruit of the spirit.” These are found in Galatians 5:22-23 and Ephesians 5:9, but there are other NT texts that could be tied to the fruit of the spirit; these other texts must be consulted to add up to twelve actual fruits. Since Revelation 22:2 says there are twelve varieties of fruits, one must consult the Greek to discern what and where they are. Below are listed all twelve fruits of the spirit as they appear in Greek with a variety of English translations:
· FRUIT #1 = agápee love
· FRUIT #2 = chará joy (gladness)
· FRUIT #3 = eireénee peace
· FRUIT #4 = makrothumía patience; longsuffering (an even temper, forbearance)
· FRUIT #5 =chreestótees gentleness; kindness
· FRUIT #6 = agathoosúnee goodness (benevolence)
· FRUIT #7 = pístis faith; faithfulness
· FRUIT #8 = praútees meekness; gentleness; humility
· FRUIT #9 = enkráteia temperance; self-control; self-restraint; continence
· FRUIT #6 = agathoosúnee goodness; kindly goodness
· FRUIT #10 = dikaiosúnee righteousness; uprightness of heart;
· FRUIT #11 = aleetheía truth; trueness of life
· FRUIT #12 = hagiasmón holiness; sanctification
· FRUIT #3 = eireenikón peaceable
· FRUIT #10 = dikaiosúnees righteousness
When we see the effect or result of eating from the presence of God (i.e. – tree of life) we can be certain he or she is a true believer. For example a person eating this fruit will be patient, gentle, kind, loving, and have self-control. When Jesus Christ was crucified he died upon a “tree” in order to bring us to God. He who knew no sin (Jesus) became sin (as a human sacrifice) that we might become the “righteousness” of God in him. Note righteousness is one of the twelve varieties of fruit produced from eating at the tree of life.
Just like the owner of a healthy orchard is ever-watchful and looking for diseased trees, the church must beware of men who are self-appointed shepherds that feed and prey upon the sheep. These men are likened to, “autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted-twice dead.” The church is infected with many such trees and the true shepherds and tree tenders are watching for and warning others about them.
Jude 12 These men are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm-shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted-twice dead. (From New International Version)
We live in a world today that is permeated with ungodly behavior and men who reject God’s covenant and redemption for them through Jesus Christ. These are spoken of as, “trees,” upon whom shall come great torment. They shall suffer the wrath foisted by demonic forces during a time of great tribulation such as has never been experienced before on the earth.
Revelation 9:1-6 The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. 2 When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. 3 And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 They were not given power to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man. 6 During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them. (From New International Version)
The “trees” represent humans under the severe judgment of God; this is the final end of where Adam’s transgression started. The “tree of life” in the middle of the garden of Eden is likely an anthropomorphism of God; in other words, it is God revealing Himself to Adam in the visible form of a Man. This is NOT the Preincarnate Christ; it is NOT Jesus in the garden. Jesus did not come into existence until approximately 4000 years AFTER the creation of man.
Likewise, the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” is likely an anthropomorphism of Lucifer. Previously, mention has been made in this series about the “serpent” being nestled in the branches of the “tree” of knowledge of good and evil, and that the seamless transition between tree branch and snake body made him appear as though the tree was alive. This interpretation does not negate the probability that Lucifer made himself visible in human form to the woman and then to Adam.
Since trees are used throughout the Old and New Testaments referring to men, the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil refer to anthropomorphic icons… one for the living God, the other for the covering cherub (Lucifer). There is ample evidence from the first chapters of Genesis for an anthropomorphic manifestation of Elohim:
Genesis 3:8-10 They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, " Where are you?" 10 He said, " I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself." NASU
The Hebrew word for, “walking,” in Genesis 3:8 is, “halak” and it is the Hithpael Participle, which is a verbal adjective in the reflexive voice, indicating continued action. The word halak therefore means, “walking about,” or, “traversing.” Traversing means to move in a direction across the grain of something; to navigate through obstacles; to negotiate a path. Thus we have a picture of Elohim walking as any other man, negotiating through the dense foliage of Eden’s lush garden. He searches for the man, but appears to have some difficulty locating him due to the fact the man has hidden from Him.
As far as Lucifer’s movements in the garden, these are not pictured until he is condemned after his treachery is accomplished. It is apparent that Elohim CHANGES Lucifer’s ability to walk freely as other creatures saying to him “upon your belly you shall go.” There is a great deal of latitude for the translation of the Hebrew words used in the text (below):
Genesis 3:14 And the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed above all domestic animals and above every wild living thing of the field; upon your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust and what it contains all the days of your life.” AMP
The words, “you shall go,” are translated from the Hebrew OT: 3212, “yalak,” meaning, “to die or to live,” and it is figurative language for the manner of life, in which an individual subsists. In the case of the serpent, God is telling Lucifer, “your manner of life shall be low as the pulverized dust of the earth; it shall be an existence of death and corruption.” To be on one’s “belly,” in eastern culture indicates utmost humiliation. This is even truer since the “belly” represents the inmost feeling, desire, emotion, and passion.
God created Adam as a full-grown man, and made him from the dust of the earth. God rearranged the molecular structure of terra firma, and fashioned a human being, and called him, “Adam.” Adam’s created existence would be the equivalent of a full grown adult of thirty years; this is a deduction based upon the age of Jesus when he was first tempted by the devil. Jesus corresponds to Adam in that he is referred to as the “last Adam.”
1 Corinthians 15:45-50 So also it is written, "The first man, Adam, became a living soul." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. 47 The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. NAS
Adam was made from the earth and he is referred to as “earthy.” He is not called “earthy” simply because he was formed from the dust of the ground, but because of his disobedience to God in the consumption of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He gave up his “heavenly” image and likeness and his disobedience made him subject to evil and a lower order of things. We can be certain this calculation is accurate by using the quote from the text of 1 Corinthians 15:49, “… we have borne the image of the earthy.”
A genetic flaw was generated, not at the instant of disobedience, but at the moment in time when God pronounced a judgment upon the “ground” for sin. The “ground” here in Genesis refers to more than meager soil. It is comparable to Adam, because the Hebrew word for “adam” actually means, “ruddy; red like in color, as clay.” This may also indicate the actual color of Adam’s skin, which would be a reddish-brown hue, not unlike Native American Indians or some ethnic groups of the Middle East.
When God says the ground is cursed because of man’s transgression, He is actually removing His protective hedge and subjecting the male gene to the serpent’s evil influence. The result is a flaw… the weaker recessive male gene… the Adamic race is forever defective, and the defect is passed on through the imperfect male chromosomes. Adam no longer has the same relationship and permanency with God that he took pleasure in from onset of creation. This was lost to him and his generations throughout all time on the earth.
Genesis 5:1-3 This is the book (the written record, the history) of the generations of the offspring of Adam. When God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female and blessed them and named them both Adam at the time they were created. 3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, after his image; and he named him Seth. AMP
We bear the image of Adam, and have for generations since; we are all a part of his heritage. Seth was the genetic product of Adam and his wife, yet his soul and spirit are made in the image and likeness of his father, not his mother Eve.
Note the contrast in Genesis 5:1-3; three distinct things are mentioned:
· When God created man, He made him in the likeness of God; then placed him in the garden, then gave him the commandments (Genesis 2:8, 15-17; 5:1b).
· Next He created them male and female and blessed them and named them both Adam at the time they were created; this event happened when God put Adam to sleep and fashioned the woman from the man’s rib, and the two were made into one flesh (Genesis 2:18-25; 5:2).
· When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, after his image (Genesis 5:3).
God created Adam in His likeness FIRST. This makes sense since God is our FATHER and Adam would be the first patriarch in the lineage of man.
God made the woman second and fashioned her from the side of man; then He named them both calling them, “Adam” because the two were made from ONE FLESH. Since Adam was made in God’s likeness he would be responsible to accurately portray that image to the woman and to their offspring. This is the reason Adam was held solely responsible for the disobedience of both because he was made FIRST.
Cain is the firstborn son of Adam and Abel the second; after Cain killed his brother the scripture details the lineage of Adam. God rebuked Cain for doing essentially what his father Adam had done; the only thing different was the method they chose. Adam chose death by knowledge and Cain chose death by murder. Adam was driven out of the garden and Cain was driven out of Eden altogether.
Genesis 4:3-17 And in the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground. 4 And Abel brought of the firstborn of his flock and of the fat portions. And the Lord had respect and regard for Abel and for his offering, 5 but for Cain and his offering He had no respect or regard. So Cain was exceedingly angry and indignant, and he looked sad and depressed. 6 And the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why do you look sad and depressed and dejected? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.” 8 And Cain said to his brother, “Let us go out to the field. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. 9 And the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?” 10 And the Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to Me from the ground. 11 And now you are cursed by reason of the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's shed blood from your hand. 12 When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength; you shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth, in perpetual exile, a degraded outcast.” 13 Then Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear. 14 Behold, You have driven me out this day from the face of the land, and from Your face I will be hidden; and I will be a fugitive and a vagabond and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” 15 And the Lord said to him, “Therefore, if anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord set a mark or sign upon Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him. 16 So Cain went away from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod wandering, east of Eden. 17 And Cain's wife, one of Adam's offspring, became pregnant and bore Enoch; and Cain built a city and named it after his son Enoch. AMP
Because of Adam’s transgression the ground was cursed; Adam invoked evil upon the soil and his flesh. Because of Cain’s transgression the ground cursed him; Cain invoked evil upon his brother by spilling his blood upon the ground, and now the soil cried out against Cain as a witness (Genesis 4:11). It is easy to see the progression of sin and how it grows through a choice to invite evil into a person’s life.
Eden represents the presence of the Lord to Cain; the tree of life represented the presence of God to Adam. Cain’s words to God announce this: “Behold, You have driven me out this day from the face of the land, and from Your face I will be hidden!” (Genesis 4:14) Murder defined a borderline between the presence of God and man, and so Cain went away from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod wandering, east of Eden (Genesis 4:16).
In the eastern tradition proper names have a meaning that relates to the person. Unlike western culture, the ancient Hebrews did not always name their babies before or at the time of birth. Of course, there are numerous exceptions to this, but the salient point is that they esteemed the MEANING of the name because it symbolized a person’s character and/or role in life. The name “Cain” is defined as meaning, “spear" or "smith," resembling in sound the root qanah, "get," "acquire."
Eve said, "I have gotten a man with the help of Yahweh." She recognized this gift of Yahweh, though accompanied with the foretold "sorrow" of conception, as a first step toward fulfilling the promise of the Redeemer, "the seed of the woman" (Genesis 3:15). Cain, her supposed acquisition, proved a deadly loss. Parents' expectations are very different from after realities; no one realizes this more than the mother of a rebellious and obstinate teenager.
Jealousy was Cain's motive for murdering his own flesh and blood, "because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous" (1 John 3:11-13). His "offering of the fruit of the ground," and not "the firstling's of the flock," seems to have been the pig-headed setting aside of God's will.
When Adam sinned he tried to cover himself and his wife by sewing fig leaves together; in His infinite mercy, Elohim provided both of them with, "coats of skin," (Genesis 3:21). The unspoken inference is that these skins involved animal sacrifices. When Adam repentantly offered a slain victim (i.e. – an animal, most likely a lamb) as a substitution, he did so being cognizant its death is necessary as a gruesome reminder of the consequence of his disobedience.
Cain had originally been named “SPEAR” so he could “ACQUIRE” an animal sacrifice to present before Yahweh. The error of Cain is again mentioned in Jude 11 because Yahweh "had not respect to Cain and his offering," but had to Abel and his offering. It is probable God gave Abel a visible sign or token of acceptance, most likely fire from heaven consuming the sacrifice. This interpretation aligns nicely if compared to Lucifer’s ORIGINAL role as the covering cherub that had, “fire within,” him (See Ezekiel 28:14, 16 & 18).
As the cherub that covers Lucifer’s role was primarily to lead the man and his wife back to Elohim once they had yielded to temptation and transgressed. This was illustrated previously in the study of cherubim over the “mercy seat” inside the Ark of the Covenant. The function of cherubim is to “cover” a multitude of sins; unfortunately Lucifer also rebelled and God had to reconfigure His original plan for man’s redemption.
East of Eden was probably the appointed place of offering. "In the course of time," literally "at the end of days," (Genesis 4:3) namely, at some fixed sacred season, such as the seventh day, and later the Sabbath, sacrifice for sin was required by God.
Hebrews 11:4, "by faith offered a more excellent sacrifice than Cain"; literally it read, “a fuller sacrifice,” pertaining largely of the nature of a sacrifice. "Faith" presupposes a revelation of God's will concerning sacrifice, otherwise it would have been an act of presumptuous will worship (Colossians 2:23), and taking of a life which man had no right to before the flood (Genesis 9:2-4).
Cain's "countenance fell" at the rejection of his sacrifice, which possibly involved the loss of his privileges of being the first born son, which entitled the eldest son to a double portion of his father's estate. Is that any different than what Christians often do to God and one another? They offer their ministry or money as a “sacrifice” but fail to consult with God on the matter. When rejected they lash out at their own spiritual brethren who ARE walking in conformity to the Lord’s will. This kind of animosity is even more apparent in our homes, where husbands and wives manifest anger toward their spouse for living in godliness, which exposes the other’s deeds as being vile and self-willed (i.e. – selfish).
Yahweh, who still granted (in condescension) communication to man (though fallen), disputes with Cain as with an unruly child, "If you do well, will you not be accepted?" Or "have the excellency," namely, that belonging to the firstborn; compare Genesis 49:3. Literally, “will there not be lifting up?” referring by contrast to Cain's depressed appearance.
There was no need for Cain to fear losing his priority of birth… IF he did well. Instead, he let fear and jealousy dictate his decision and made plans to commit first degree murder with malice. Adam's sin now bears fratricide among its first and terrible fruits; and the seed of the serpent postures itself from this time onward, throughout man's history, as distinguished from the seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15).
A contrast in spiritual pursuits is seen when Adam hid in the trees and then later confessed his sin; but Cain resolutely denies it, showing himself the child of him who is the father of lying and the murderer from the beginning (John 8:44). But God convicted him, " The voice of your brother's blood is crying to Me from the ground." Exile from the original seat of the human family and the scene of God's manifestations was the sentence, a mild one, in agreement with the gentle administration of the divine government before the flood.
"My punishment is greater than I can bear," marks Cain's unbroken spirit, regretting only the punishment not the sin. "It shall come to pass that every one that finds me shall slay me," are words implying that the human race had even then multiplied since Adam's expulsion from the garden, a fact also appearing from Cain having a wife, doubtless one of Adam's descendants.
Adam’s sin invited malevolence into nature; thorns grew where fruit bearing plants once flourished and bacteria brought decay, disease and finally death. Cain murdered his own brother and just like God cursed the serpent for his treachery toward the woman, now Cain was cursed by reason of the earth, which opened its mouth to receive his brother's shed blood.
Adam and Eve had a son after Abel was murdered and they called his name “Seth,” which means, “substitution.” Not until Seth was born is it said that the man (Adam) made children in his OWN image and likeness INSTEAD OF God’s likeness. When we substitute our own righteousness in the place of God’s, our attitude changes, and we become hostile and uneasy to live with. We can no longer bear the fruit of the spirit; instead, our own selfish likeness is generated until we repent.
Adam had substituted a son made in his own “earthy” likeness; he had exchanged the truth of God in the tree of life for a lie and corruption in the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam felt he had to “know” about evil, just like some men feel they have to “know” what a tiny bit of pornography will do for them L. It seems harmless… they think. Can one little “peak” at the photo image of a naked woman’s breasts really be all that harmful? Just one quick little glance for old time’s sake… WHAM! The trap is set, the bait swallowed, and darkness covers the heart and mind of the disobedient.
A married woman, dissatisfied with her bummer of a husband thinks one small glance to flirt with the handsome stranger won’t do anyone harm. After all, it’s not like she’s sleeping with the guy… yet. She wants the “knowledge” of evil; but let’s not call it evil; after all, it’s just a little bit of male attention, and she needs that because, after all, she’s a woman, and well… you know the rest.
Is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil still bearing its poisonous fruit? You bet you it is, and we all need to check around the ground of our heart’s soil and make sure none of it lingers inside long enough to take root. And brother or sister, it doesn’t take long to dig itself in! The only way to get rid of it is to repent in the fear of God, turn from our wicked ways, confessing our sins to God and to one another. The tree of the knowledge of evil has roots too; they’re bitter indeed and awfully tough to rip up!
Hebrews 12:14-17 Strive to live in peace with everybody and pursue that consecration and holiness without which no one will ever see the Lord. 15 Exercise foresight and be on the watch to look after one another, to see that no one falls back from and fails to secure God's grace (His unmerited favor and spiritual blessing), in order that no root of resentment (rancor, bitterness, or hatred) shoots forth and causes trouble and bitter torment, and the many become contaminated and defiled by it-- 16 That no one may become guilty of sexual vice, or become a profane (godless and sacrilegious) person as Esau did, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. 17 For you understand that later on, when he wanted to regain title to his inheritance of the blessing, he was rejected (disqualified and set aside), for he could find no opportunity to repair by repentance; what he had done, no chance to recall the choice he had made; although he sought for it carefully with bitter tears. [Genesis 25:29-3427:30-40.] AMP
Adam would have been on target had he only trusted, obeyed, and stayed dependent upon Elohim. Redemption for him was just one decision, one act of repentance and one spoken word of contrition; had he confessed his sin openly to God he would not have passed on a legacy of sin and death to his offspring.
Recent breakthroughs in genetic science have given us a new insight regarding DNA’s heredity effects. A genetic switch was turned on (or off depending on how you look at it) when Adam sinned and received due recompense in his body of flesh. The incorruptible became corruptible; man would now taste of death, and that dying process began the very day Adam ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Consider…
Job 25:4 Or how can he who is born of a woman be pure and clean?
A baby can no longer be born with the purity of God’s likeness; the X or Y chromosomes that determine its sex are tainted, and while both mother and father have mitochondria, only the female mitochondria is passed on to the child. Mitochondria are a vital part of everyone’s DNA; they make up rough 31,00 of the 50,000 cells in the human body; they are the “life cells” and are solely responsible for cellular respiration.
In biology cellular respiration is the distribution of oxygen; it is the complete chemical and physical process in which oxygen is delivered to tissues or cells of the body and carbon dioxide and water are given off. Without proper cellular respiration we would simply overheat and die.
Cellular respiration is one of the most important metabolic pathways found in cells. This enzyme-assisted, step-by-step process not only protects the cell from lethal temperature increases but also provides the cell with a mechanism of transferring the energy of glucose to ATP in a controlled manner. ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is an organic chemical compound (nucleotide) occurring in living organisms that provides most of the energy required by cells during its conversion to another nucleotide (ADP).
To understand cellular respiration, it is necessary to understand the nature of chemical reactions. Chemical reactions can occur outside of living organisms; the rusting of a car, for example, is a chemical reaction; or they can occur within organisms, where they are termed biochemical reactions.
In a chemical or biochemical reaction, the bonds between atoms that hold molecules together break apart, and the atoms rearrange to form new molecules. Water molecules, for example, are composed of hydrogen and oxygen atoms, and under certain conditions, the bonds between these atoms can break and reform to yield separate molecules of hydrogen and oxygen gas.
When the Creator designed living organisms, perfectly balanced biochemical reactions occurred with the help of enzymes. Enzymes are specialized proteins designed by God to carry out specific reactions. All biochemical reactions release energy in the form of heat as they occur.
Cells carry out biochemical reactions to create needed molecules, such as proteins or starch, or to destroy these molecules once they are no longer needed. If certain molecules are built or destroyed in a single biochemical reaction, the reaction may release too much heat, which could incinerate the cell.
To control the release of heat, cells build up and break down most molecules in a linked series of small reactions that release only a little bit of heat at a time. The series of linked biochemical reactions is called a metabolic pathway.
When Adam took and ate the knowledge of evil he invited chaos into the cells of his human body. This introduction of evil caused the balance of mitochondria to be distorted; later exposed to direct sun rays unrecognizable microscopic changes began to occur in the human metabolic pathway, virtually destroying cellular structure by a slow process of cooking. Mitochondrial changes may have first occurred when God told Adam, “… the ground is under a curse because of you.” (Genesis 3:17)
One thing is certain… man would now die, “In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19; AMP)
The Hebrew word translated as, “face (or brow)” is 'apeykaa (OT: 639) meaning, “the nose or nostril.” Throughout the OT this Hebrew word is translated as “anger, wrath, nostril(s) as if flared from the rapid breathing in passion fury, rage and indignation. The word stems from a primitive root word anaph meaning, “to breathe hard, i.e. be enraged.”
The literal for, “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread,” in Genesis 3:19 is therefore rendered in an expanded translation, “Breathing hard and enraged with nostrils flared expressing your agitation, shaking sweat off of your face, you shall eat…”
This illustrate the long lifetime of sorrow, regret and anger Adam felt for the horrible decisions he made one fateful day. Just because he accepted the forgiveness of Yahweh displayed in covering him with lamb skins didn’t mean he lived free from guilt and remorse for his sinful error.
SELAH…Pause and reflect
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To be Continued in Part 6