In Part one of the article here were two trees,
a) One to develop the spiritual life.
b) Another to develop the soulish life.
So in Genesis 3; 6 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.
We use to hear when we were young that Adam wasn’t with his wife at that time, but the scripture makes it so clear, her husband with her.
Dwelling here a little, Paul made a statement that Adam was not the one deceived but rather the woman (1 Timothy 2:14). Indeed God gave the instruction to Adam not Eve and Eve would have probably gotten the feedback information from her husband. So here we can say Adam actually knew that what they were about eating was forbidden but as to why he still went ahead to eat, it is probably an issue of the heart though that is not said in scripture.
Could it be that Adam loved Eve to the extent that even in the midst of disobedience he decided to go with Eve, that wouldn’t be surprising because love is the greatest force in the world. Now let’s look at the responses from the two which actually shows us who was indeed deceived by the devil.
In Genesis 3:12 here is Adams response to God;
And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
In verse 13 we see the woman’s response;
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.
So we see clearly that Adam dared not tell God that the serpent beguiled him, because he had that instruction directly from God, and there was no doubt about it, however that information was passed on to Eve and generally when information passes on from one to another the quality reduces and this made room for Eve to be deceived.
So now what was the effect of what they did, because remember God’s original intent was for them to eat of the tree of life which He also put in the midst of the garden. Read Genesis 2:9
And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Clearly we see here that even the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was made by God, because every tree pleasant to the sight was grown by God. So the question that some of you may ask is why did God put that tree there knowing perfectly well it’s consequences if the man ate it.
Good question🙂 but always remember that God made man with a free will and thus by doing that He gave man that decision to make a choice. In our spiritual lives God never robs us of our freedom, therefore without active participation on our part, He will not do anything for us. So whether it be God or the devil, no one can work on us without the consent of our will, because man’s will is free.
Hope that has answered your question, and so moving on, man as read earlier opted for the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil as opposed to the fruit of the tree of life. Let me say this concerning the tree of life as I made mention in part 1 of this article, most servants of God would agree that the tree of life here represented the life that God gives to man in His son Jesus Christ. That is the very eternal life, God’s own uncreated life.
In Genesis 2:25 the Bible tells us that both of them were naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
But we see in Genesis 3:10, another contrary statement to this; And he said I heard the voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.
Here Adam and Eve had lost their innocence and for the first time, had a personal realization what it meant to sin. It wasn’t necessary for their happiness that they have this knowledge, and it would have been far better had they obeyed and grown in the knowledge of God (John 7:17). So here, we see they became conscious of themselves, they were now operating with a different knowledge (their senses began to teach them). In chapter 2, they were unashamed, but in chapter 3, they were ashamed. But does it mean in chapter 2 their eyes were closed because In Genesis 3:7 it records that their eyes became opened as the serpent had said.
No one told them that they were naked, but that new knowledge of good and evil brought them into that realization. If you lose sight of the presence of God, and start focusing on yourself, you will always feel deficient. However in the consciousness of His glory, there is no shame, because what covers you is His very glory/majestic presence. So most people who are faith bankrupt, have this problem, they begin seeing themselves, and that new knowledge brings shame, forgetting that God never created us to be independent of Him.
Always remember that the excellency of the power is not of the earthen vessel but of God which should be our focus. Sometimes, we even tend to get surprised and amazed at ourselves, never be, because our sufficiency is of the Spirit not us. For He has made us able ministers of the New Testament, not of the letter for we know that in the flesh dwelleth nothing good.
Finally the Lord drove out Adam and Eve from the garden and He placed at the east of the garden of Eden cherubim’s, and a flaming sword which turned every way to keep the way of the tree of life. God had to do this because had they remained and eaten of that tree they would be alive forever on earth as sinners.
Lessons learnt from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil;
1. You can tell the knowledge someone has been feeding on when you listen to their speech, see Genesis 3:10.
2. Any knowledge that brings fear and panic is not from God (that Knowledge tend’s to sway your attention from God to yourself). It is the knowledge from that fruit of the forbidden tree, it may look pleasant at first, but at the end it produces death.
3. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil was designed to test Adam’s faith and obedience to God and His word. God created humans as moral beings with the ability to choose freely to love and obey their creator, or to disobey him and rebel against His will.
The Law of sin and death will now operate in the human family until the end of time, but the death and resurrection of the Saviour introduced a new law; called the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus which has made us free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
Rejoice for the last Adam has been made a quickening spirit and whosoever believes on the name of the son of God has this eternal life. 💥