Adam and Eve by Susan VanWagenen

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Adam and Eve by Susan VanWagenen

Bible Study notes from a class taught 10/7/11

Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

The breath was not just a puff of life, not just physical life, but spiritual life as well, soul life.

Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

God provided all that Adam needed. Two trees were specified to not eat from – the rest were available for eating.. The tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life.

Genesis 2:15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.

Adam was a bondservant of the Lord – a bondservant gardener.  Part of his gardening was also the trees one tree was of life, the other tree death. God gave Adam choice. Adam had to choose to obey God or disobey God.

Matthew 7:17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.

The tree bears fruit after its kind. After Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they were barred from the Garden of Eden. It is possible that God did not want them eating from the tree of life because they would have then lived eternally in their sin, and God had plans to help mankind away from their sins. In Heaven every tree that is there is good to eat.

Genesis is silent on the tree of life.

When our sins are forgiven and we are born again it then becomes possible for us to eat of the tree of life.  It is possible that after the judgment of God we will not be barred from the tree of life.

The tree of life – dependence on God
The tree of the knowledge of good and evil – is man wanting independence from God. Independence from God is death, or separation from God.

Mankind believes the lying promises of satan, and eats from the tree because it looked good. The enemy, satan deceived man, promising him good but delivering death. The fruit looked good to eat – that is the trick of satan, if Eve saw the fruit for what it was, she would never have eaten it.  The fruit of evil was rotten to the core, but by adding an ounce of good, it became acceptable to her sight and she ate it, no questions asked.

This is the same sin that satan did – desiring to be God.  Eve wanted to be like God and know good from evil – it may, on the surface have seemed like a good intention to want to know what is good from what is evil – the problem was it would be in her own mind and she didn’t need that knowledge if she was depending on God, God would steer her away from evil. When there is a mixture of what is good and evil it leads us to the grey area and we begin to accept things that we wouldn’t accept prior to that.  As more and more reaches that grey area, all kinds of evil become acceptable.

Genesis 2:18  And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”

God created Eve.  God did not create Eve because of trial and error. He knew that Adam needed to perceive his need for a woman. God let Adam go through the process of naming the animals, seeing the animals as male and female. Then, after seeing all the animals, Adam would realize that Eve was the only sensible relationship for him.

Eve was complimentary to man, to Adam  She was a help suitable for him. God created relationships.

Genesis 3:1-6 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;  but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.  For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

The enemy, satan, is subtle. He asks a question that makes the woman doubt the goodness of God, implying that God is holding something back from Adam and Eve by forbidding them to eat of the two trees.  He says, has God said?  The woman answers satan, but she embellished, added more to the instructions God gave – she mentions not just not eating, but not touching.  We are not to add or subtract from what God has said.

Eve acted independently from her husband. She deceived herself in an attempt to become wise. Deception from satan through that question, then she made a choice and did the rest herself. Self-deception drives us to sin.  Not only did Eve eat of the fruit, but she gave some to her husband and he ate. She should have consulted Adam before she acted. They could have made a decision together. Eve should have consulted Adam, deferred to him.  After all, they had a partnership. They should have made the decision together.

Knowledge of Good and Evil does not protect the way simple obedience does. With knowledge of good and evil comes a choice as to what one will choose – good or evil. Simple obedience to God keeps one choosing what is life-giving, not death producing.  There was no evil in the Garden, evil was based on experience and choice.

Once the fruit was consumed the will of man chooses (not God directing) and ultimately man chooses those things that lead to death. We end up yielding to things that are not beneficial to us. Simple obedience to God kept man in a state of innocence, with only one simple rule of what not to do.  Once man disobeyed God’s instructions, he chose not to obey God and that disobedience lead to death.

The word ADAM means mankind. Adam should have protected his wife, and not let the serpent deceive her. Adam knew what was happening, and he went along with the serpent’s deception.

1 Timothy 2:13-14 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.

Adam let satan usurp God’s authority.  Adam took of the fruit and ate it and both Adam and Eve’s eyes were opened. Adam could have refused to eat. He could have sacrificed for Eve’s sin. He could have interceded for Eve to God. Neither Adam or Eve acted in accordance with the partnership and relationship that God had established.

Genesis 3:7-13  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound 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 among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

 When God walks in the Garden and asks the question, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”  Adam points the finger at Eve telling God “She made me do it.”  Eve blames the serpent.
When Adam tried to cop out by blaming Eve, the sin problem still was occurring.  Even though Eve usurped the position by making a decision without Adam, he could have bent to God’s authority. Adam was willing to step back and let Eve be punished. In a true relationship, the man would have taken responsibility for the disobedience of the wife.
Our Second Adam (Jesus) will sacrifice Himself for us and our sins.  The First Adam did not offer himself up as a sacrifice for Eve’s sins or beg for God’s mercy.  Because the first Adam did none of these things the curse occurred.
Genesis 3:8 (see above) when they hear God walking in the Garden, they run and hide.  Just like children run and hide when they know they have done something that is displeasing to their parents.  God calls out to them and they hear His voice.
This is the turning point for the fate of creation.
Notice that Adam and Eve realize they are naked. They become self-conscious,
God says, who told you you were naked? What Adam doesn’t say is, “I am guilty.  I made a terrible choice.”  They point the finger of blame at something away from themselves – Adam blames Eve. Eve blames the serpent.   Basically saying:  The devil made me do it. They tried to cover themselves with leaves – but that would not hide their sin.
Twice Eve was deceived. First, she believed satan that she would not die.  Second, she did not need to learn what was good – she already knew what was good by obeying God – anything that was not obeying God was evil – she did not need to eat of the tree to find out what was good and evil.  She already knew.  She thought that knowledge would mean an intimate knowing, but that was not what she got.  She already knew good, now she knows the evil – hatred, anger, killing, etc.
By believing the lies of satan, her life was altered forever.
Genesis 3:20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.

Before the fall (the sin) it was just man and woman, after the fall Eve got her name – Eve – mother of all living.  A mother gives birth.  Before the sin she and Adam were like one – after the sin there was division, division began at the point of deception.  God instituted animal sacrifice by giving them clothing of skin.  With division, it means that even cell life was affected by the fall.  Eve should have been life giving, but her sin brought on death for all until it could be reversed.
The mother of Jesus Marry (Merry – happy), The second Adam will restore joy to mankind. It was prophesied to her that her life would b e sorrowful because of what was going to happen with the Crucifixion. Yet, we know that that sorrow would lead to joy because of His sacrifice.
The expulsion from the Garden is a description of the problem we all face – when we are separated from God.  It is only through the second Adam (Jesus) that that division is erased.
All of the sins of man are based on who will dominate – women or men. Who will rule? For example, Jacob (mom’s boy)  or Esau (dad’s hunter)  Mother tried to trick her husband to get Jacob to be the one who receives the double portion – what she did in her own knowledge caused problems and division in the family.  Instead of trusting that God would be able to bring Jacob to rule the way God wants, she resorted to trickery.
The second Adam (Jesus) treated women far better than they were treated in society.
Death means separation.
What can we learn from these passages?
1) The importance of obedience.
1 Samuel 15:22  So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.
This is a life and death issue – obedience is for our sake
2) How subtle the deceiver is.
Often, when we are deceived we don’t know it immediately. The rats follow the pied piper to their destruction.  There is safety in a multitude of godly counsel, for godly counsel will help to point out the deceptions.  Standing up for the truth is not always easy.  We need to speak God’s Word into the situation and recognize that the deceiver is a defeated foe.
3) We must remember to check with God before we make decisions.
The Holy Spirit can guide us so that we make wise choices and avoid deception.  When we check with God first we avoid a lot of problems.  We want to obey His commands.
Genesis 3:14-15  So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your lifeAnd I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”
Our enemy is cursed, if we fall under his deception, we bring that curse into our lives and we need the curse breaker (Jesus) into our present circumstance. There is enmity between the enemy and us – and the sign is the enemy crawls on its belly and eats dust.  There is enmity between the enemy’s seed and the woman’s Seed. the woman’s “seed”  is Jesus.  The enemy will imitate God and produce seed after the enemy’s kind.
Genesis 3:16  To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”
It is true that childbirth is painful.  Also, the second part of this is the desire for the husband and that the husband will rule over the wife.  Females want to dominate their husband, but it is the husband who dominates the wife.  Women want to rule.  There is a rebellion that pulls people apart, not wanting to yield, and that is a function of the curse – the curse that can be broken by the curse breaker (Jesus).
Genesis 3:17-19  Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.
Adam realized what happened. Instead of stewarding the Garden, now he will have to work hard for his sustenance.
Genesis 3:20-23 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— therefore the Lord god sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.

Before the sin, Adam and Eve were called by the same name, Adam – which was both male and female. Now there is a new status under the curse where Eve is the wife, Adam the husband and the wife desires the husband and the husband rules over the wife. This is a different relationship. God took the two and created one under the covenant of marriage.

We have to tell the truth – it is man and woman in a relationship. We can fight against it, but it is made by decree.

Since sin came into our lives, we must deal with all that is given in this passage regarding the curse, we face all of it. The curse breaker (Jesus) cannot break the curse unless you accept the truth that we need the curse breaker in our lives.

Some people want to pick and choose what they want to believe and disregard the rest of the Word, but that won’t work.  We need to accept the whole truth of God. As the church, we are to look more like God’s word, not like the world.

Genesis 3:24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

Once they sinned, the way to communication with God was not as open as before. The could no longer walk with God in the Garden.  God does provide a way, though, for us to again boldly approach God (the way is through Jesus).

Rebellion is in all of us, and we need to yield to the Word. As we accept Jesus into our lives, are guided by Him, obey Him, the deceiver is recognized for what he is – a defeated foe.

I hope this teaching blesses you.



About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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