Faith
Wednesday July 30th, 2008
Hartsville News Journal
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FAITH COMMENTARY
"And he Did Eat"

Two of the trees in the Garden of Eden should draw your attention: The Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
When partaking of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, Eve offered to her husband Adam, and he did eat. This being the original sin makes it worth your effort to explore deeper God‟s Word and learn more about this fruit. And he did eat...what?

You find God talking to Adam in Genesis 2:16 KJV:

"And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat."

Nothing is revealed about the other trees, but in Genesis 2:17 KJV, God singles out the tree in the midst of the garden:

"But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
God gives Adam good reason for not eating from this tree. All other trees contain everything good for him, but of this tree, the tree of knowledge of good and evil, God instructed Adam to stay away.

This tree is appropriately named because it is Satan! Satan once was the archangel Lucifer who became bad when he turned against God. Having been good before he turned evil earned him the title, the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The tree part of his name fitstoo.

Your arms and his are referred to as limbs and you understand that the mid part of your structure is considered the trunk of your body. Just as you have a family tree, you will learn that Satan does too. The tree of knowledge of good and evil fits Satan like a glove and so does his other name in the Garden: Serpent.

God gives Adam his helpmate Eve. You observe her talking to Satan in Genesis 3:2 KJV:

"And the woman said unto the serpent, "We may ear of the fruit of the trees of the garden."

Eve is telling Satan about God‟s instructions concerning him, the tree in the midst of the garden. Genesis 3:3 KJV reads:

"But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, "Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die."

To better understand Eve‟s communication with Satan, you must take the word "touch" back to its original meaning in the Hebrew language:

Naga`, naw-gah`; a primitive root; properly to touch, i.e. lay the hand upon (for any purpose; euphemism, to lie with a woman); by implication to reach (figurative to arrive, aquire); violently, to strike (punish, defeat, destroy, etc.) :- beat (be able to) bring (down), cast, come (nigh), draw near (nigh), get up, happen, join, near, plague, reach (up), smite, strike, touch

In translating "naga" "to touch", the manuscripts show the use of "touch"; it is "to lie with a woman" "joining" and "drawing near" shows how this takes place.

 






Satan responds in Genesis 3:4 KJV, by lying to Eve about the consequences of her anticipated action:

"And the serpent said unto the woman, "Ye shall not surely die."

Eve did die yet in Genesis 3:5 KJV Satan is not lying when he says to her:

"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."

God only intended for Eve to be exposed to "good" yet Satan is now opening her eyes to both "good and evil." In Genesis 3:6 KJV, you see that Satan has no difficulty convincing her to explore evil, and she cannot wait to share her newly discovered pleasures with Adam:

"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 of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat."

And he did eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. He performed the same act that Eve participated in with Satan. Like Eve, Adam‟s eyes are now open to the pleasantries of "Good and Evil."

Genesis 3"7 – "And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons."

Their act with Satan has caused them to see their nakedness and, as usual, God utilizes the fig tree when stressing an important point. You learn here that "fig leave aprons" to cover their private parts can in no way be associated with eating an apple.

God calls out to them in Genesis 3:8 KJV:

"And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day; and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden."

After disobeying Him, Adam hides and in Genesis 3:11 KJV God is questioning him:

"And he said, "Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?"
Adam is unable to explain his nakedness so in Genesis 3:12 KJV, he takes the manly action of blaming his wife:

"And the man said, "The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat."

Knowing that Satan is supernatural, you wonder if he presented himself to Adam as a woman. Your imagination will have to determine the specifics of Adam's contribution to original sin.

In Genesis 3:13 KJV, God questions Eve as being the instigator:

"And the Lord God said unto the woman, "What is this that thou hast done?‟ And the woman said, "The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat."

To better understand Eve‟s answer, you take the word "beguiled" back to the manuscripts to properly translate its Hebrew counterpart... "nasha":
Nasha‟, Hebrew 5377, Strong's

nasha‟ naw-shaw‟; a primitive root; to lead astray, i.e. (mentally) to delude, or (morally) to seduce; beguile, deceive, greatly, utterly;

Beguiled being "nasha" in the Hebrew language shows that Eve was "lead astray."

Satan "seduced" her!

Webster‟s third edition helps complete your understanding of the word "beguiled" by defining "seduced" for you:

1: to persuade or entice into partnership in sexual intercourse; practice seduction upon; specifically, to persuade (a female) to have sexual intercourse for the first time

2: to induce or force to come or go

Your Webster‟s, with the help of the manuscripts, shows Satan‟s contribution to original sin. It shows the truth about what happened to Eve in the


 

 

Garden of Eden.

It is now Satan‟s turn on the hot seat as God turns to him in Genesis 3:14-15 KJV:

"[14] And the Lord God said unto the serpent, "Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life. [15] And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." God tells Satan that He will put enmity between Satan‟s seed and Eve‟s seed. You need the manuscripts to translate the English word "enmity" which in Hebrew is the word "eybah":

"eybah, ay-baw‟; from Hebrew 340 ("ayab); hostility ;- enmity, hatred.

In verse 15, you have the first prophecy in the bible. Christ‟s heel was bruised when He shed His blood on Calvary yet this prophecy will not be completed until Christ bruises Satan‟s head. This takes place after the millennium when Satan no longer serves a useful purpose for God.
Hostility and hatred has and always will exist between Satan‟s and Adam‟s lineage through Eve.

Further research in the manuscripts shows how the word "seed" is utilized in these verses. You translate it from its Hebrew origin... "zera":
Zera`, Hebrew 2233, Strong's

Zera`, zeh-rah; from Hebrew 2232 (zara`); seed; figurative fruit, plant, sowing-time, posterity :- carnally, child, fruitful, seed (-time), sowing- time

Satan‟s "seed" and Adam‟s "seed" are both fruitful as Eve produces a child for both of them. Webster‟s third edition continues to add clarity by defining the word "posterity":

Main entry: posterity Function: noun 1: the offspring of one progenitor to the furthest generation: Descendants *secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity

2: the action of attaching or the state of being attached.

After making His point to Satan, God continues talking to Eve; Genesis 3:16 KJV reads:

"Unto the woman he said, " I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception: in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee."

God informs Eve that Adam will be the responsible one of the family and her job is to bring children forth into the world. For participating in sin,

Genesis 3: 17-19 KJV shows the sentence Adam receives:

"[17] And unto Adam he said, "Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life. [18] Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; [19] In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou
return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.‟"

For Adam's sake, God curses the ground as He sentences him to toil it for the remainder of his life. Working by the sweat of his brow, he is to eat herbs grown from the ground, and return to the same dust from whence he came.

Sex with Satan, not biting into an apple, is the original sin. And that he did eat brings the same death and punishment

to Adam that Eve has received!

There are two significant trees in the Garden and Genesis 3:22 KJV tells of the effect that they have on Adam and Eve and you:

"And the Lord God said, "Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.‟"

God's word shows that the action taken by Adam and Eve sets in place the way of life that you live today. Their innocence was removed when they yielded to Satan. The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil opened their eyes to both "good and evil" and this same tree opens your eyes to things as well.

Just as it is with you now, the Tree of Life was in the Garden of Eden. Partaking of this tree was required of Adam and Eve and you too must partake of this same Tree if you are to have life everlasting.

Genesis 4:1 KJV shows Eve remembering God telling her that she would bear children:

"And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said "I have gotten a man from the Lord.‟"
Having received both Satan‟s seed and Adam‟s seed, Satan‟s son, Cain, is born first. The manuscripts show that "Cain" in English is "Quayin" in Hebrew and it translates as follows:

Qayin, Hebrew 7014, Strong's


Qayin, kah‟-yin; the same as Hebrew 7013 (qayin) (with a play upon the affinity to Hebrew 7069 (qanah)); Kajin, the name of the first child, also of a place in Palestine, and of an Oriental tribe: Cain, Kenite (-s)

Cain, the first child, is Satan‟s offspring; he is the beginning of the oriental tribe called Kenites...More about Satan‟s son‟s genealogy in the next article.

In Genesis 4:2 KJV, Eve is continuing in labor:

"And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground."
Translating the word "again" from the manuscripts shows "yacaph" to be its Hebrew counterpart and it means:

Yacaph, Hebrew 3254, Strong's Yacaph, yaw-saf‟; a primitive root; to add or augment (often adverbial to continue to do a thing): add, again, and more, cease, come more, conceive again, continue, exceed, further, gather together, get more, give moreover, henceforth, increase (more and more), join, longer (bring, do, make, much, put), (the, much, yet) more (and more), proceed (further), prolong, put, be [strong-] er, yet, yield

"Again" means "to continue to do a thing." Eve is continuing in labor because she is having twins, maternal twins. Satan is Cain‟s father and Adam, Able's.

"And he did eat" may be opening your eyes too; God‟s Word has a way of doing that.

You play a key role in your ability to understand scripture; do you see the importance of digging deeper into His Word for the Truth?

Are you ready to learn more about Cain‟s and Adam‟s offspring in Genesis chapter 4 and 5?

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com