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The man named his wife Eve (life spring, life-giver), because she was the mother of all the living.  Up until Genesis 3:20 the woman had not been called Eve. We are so used to calling them Adam and Eve, we don’t even realise she had not been called this from the very beginning. Of course she had been called something, in Genesis 1:27 she was called female, Genesis 2:18 she known as the helper and companion, Genesis 2:23 she is known as woman and in Genesis 2:24-25 she is known as wife. This does not mean that The Lord did not have a name for her; we are told in Genesis 5:2 they were both called mankind. The idea of a woman taking her name from man is biblical. It is seen in how the word man encompasses both genders, mankind, human. The same way the church (the body of Christ, the people all over the world who believe in Jesus Christ) gains its identity from Jesus Christ. A marriage emulates the relationship between Christ and His church (Ephesians 5:22-33). 

He named the woman Eve as an acknowledgement of The Lord’s Promise. Even though she had not yet given birth, Adam named her in faith trusting God to bring forth a deliverer, because God said He would defeat satan through the seed of woman (Genesis 3:15

The Lord God made tunics of [animal] skins for Adam and his wife and clothed them. This was their first experience of death. It had been mentioned a lot of times, but for them, it was just an abstract thought. It had not yet become a concrete experience till this moment. An innocent creature had to die in order to provide them with garments to cover their shame. Without shedding of blood there is no remission (Hebrews 9:22). Covering ourselves with our good works is like Adam and Eve trying to cover themselves with fig leaves; it is no good. Jesus died so that we may be robed in His perfect righteousness. The Lamb of God made for us a garment which covers our nakedness so that we are not afraid to stand even before the bar of God.  And clothed them; oh, the endless love and His unimaginable magnitude for forgiveness. The Lord forgave them. Oh, Lord Your love shames me and Your forgiveness brings me to my knees. The gratitude I feel in my heart is indescribable. Filthy worm that I am, you have lifted me up from the mires of sin, washed me clean and clothed me!!!! Praised be Your name LORD of lords!!!! YAHWEH!!!

And the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), knowing [how to distinguish between] good and evil; the note behind this phrase is hard to understand, perhaps The Lord meant it sarcastically towards satan’s empty promise to become like God. Or maybe it was the fact that man had gained experiential knowledge of evil.  and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take from the tree of life as well, and eat [its fruit], and live [in this fallen, sinful condition] forever”— That unfinished sentence, carries a lot of weight, The Lord in His mercy protected Adam and Eve from the horrible fate of having to live forever in their fallen and sinful state.  therefore the Lord God sent Adam away from the Garden of Eden, to till and cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So God drove the man out; from that statement we can tell Adam and Eve did not want to leave, maybe he thought he would never see The Lord again, maybe they thought they would lose His presence. They lost all they had known because of sin and were going to a land they did not know. It is such a sad picture. Eve with her head bowed down in shame, tears streaming down her face, Adam his head thrown back crying out in anguish . I wonder if he tried to hold on.. and at the east of the Garden of Eden He [permanently] stationed the cherubim and the sword with the flashing blade which turned round and round [in every direction] to protect  and guard the way (entrance, access) to the tree of life.  

Though they were driven out of the garden, The Lord had given them hope. And from that moment the promise of The Lord was slowly coming to fruition. Jesus is speaking to us today, let us turn to Him and accept His salvation today.

The curse 2

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“Christians can never sin cheaply; they pay a heavy price for iniquity. Transgression destroys peace of mind, obscures fellowship with Jesus, hinders prayer, brings darkness over the soul; therefore be not the serf and bondman of sin.”
Charles Spurgeon

The Lord had just passed His judgment on the snake, and Adam and his wife were in terror. What will befall us now? What have we done? Was it even worth it? These questions must have been running through their minds as they watched the serpent’s judgment. And because sin was already in them, their guilt must have been warring with their pride (the rebellious nature of man).

Now, it was the woman’s turn;she being second in the transgression, was second to receive her judgement. So, The Lord passed His judgment. To the woman He said,I will greatly multiply your grief and your suffering in pregnancy  and the pangs of childbearing; with spasms of distress you will bring forth children.  The woman, of all creation is known to have the most pain when giving birth and the highest risk of death;but this is not the only pain a woman has faced. Before Christ came and redeemed us all, woman has gone through the most pain. In some cultures, the woman is viewed as no more than livestock. But thanks to the redemption, a woman in Christ has become the reflection of the redeemed church, that is the bride of Christ. Yet your desire and craving will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.  The word desire as used in this verse, is the same one used in Genesis 4:7 when The Lord warns Cain before he killed his brother Abel: If you do well [believing Me and doing what is acceptable and pleasing to Me], will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well [but ignore My instruction], sin crouches at your door; its DESIRE is for you [to overpower you], but you must master it.”  This kind of desire is the kind that wants to overpower, defeat and subdue. This is the kind of desire that wants to take over and destroy. So going back to Genesis 3:16, we can see the same meaning in the sinful desire of woman. when sin takes hold of her and gets the upper hand, she will desire man; to control and subdue him. Then, when sin takes hold of man, he will react in the same manner using strength to subdue and rule over woman. In the beginning God created man and woman in his own image(Genesis 1:27), meaning they were equal, but due to sin, this harmony was destroyed; but through Christ’s redemption all this was changed, (Galatians 3) 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

We can imagine while all of this is going on Adam is shaking. I wonder if at that moment the gravity of what he had done kicked in, or was it before; just after he ate the fruit. He had seen and heard the serpent’s punishment, then he heard the womans. He watched her sink to the ground as the weight of her sin weighed her down. The sadness in The Lords voice as He passed His judgment. The earth fading in colour and the other creatures having sensed the shift in the air running around in panic or hiding. Other animals watching from the shadows of the trees. Did he realise at that moment that their sin would affect the whole of creation?

Its Adam’s turn. Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, Adam chose the voice of his wife over the voice of The Lord. Even though he had personally been warned by The Lord Himself not to eat the fruit, he chose to be with the woman instead. A form of Idolatry, where he heeded the voice of his wife rather than the voice of The Lord. 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 fieldBefore the fall the earth was good, it produced good fruit, and was for man and woman to enjoy; but now, the ground is cursed, though it will remove good fruit, thorns and weeds will grow as well stronger and faster. Corrupting the goodness of creation and making it harder for man. Jesus used weeds and thorns to portray sin and its effect on mans faith and salvation. The plants that grow are a reflection of the sinful state of man and the constant war that is in man’s mind and soul. Sin is easy, and its momentary pleasures loud;like a weed it can quickly squeeze mans faith and what he hears from The Lord ;drying it out and taking all the nutrients. It is war; constant pruning, weeding, and watering to keep our faith healthy; the same way we care for our gardens.(Matthew 13).

In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, Adam worked before the curse, but it was a joyful job, but now, due to the cure it has pain and weariness imbedded in it; (Job 7:1-2)Is not man forced to labor on earth? And are not his days like the days of a hired man?“As a slave earnestly longs for the shade,And as a hired man eagerly awaits his wages. A constant struggle is part of work . 

The final part of the curse is here. The wages of sin. The price you pay.for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.” The final part of the curse shows that there is an end to toil, but one of death. No redemption is mentioned. Oh how deep was Adam’s anguish when he realised what he had done? How low and small he felt when he heard those final words for dust you are, and to dust you shall return. It echoes in his heart, as he falls to the ground. But there is still hope. We serve a merciful God.

We are all children of God, a redeemed creation, blessed and highly favoured. Let us thank God for his bountiful mercies and grace. Thank Him for this day, for your life and thank Him for the greatest gift of all. Jesus Christ our redeemer.

 

TO BE CONTINUED

Sin; The curse

e0ck_wn4aoc-stephen-arnold“When Satan cannot get a great sin in he will let a little one in, like the thief who goes and finds shutters all coated with iron and bolted inside. At last he sees a little window in a chamber. He cannot get in, so he puts a little boy in, that he may go round and open the back door. So the devil has always his little sins to carry about with him to go and open back doors for him, and we let one in and say, ‘O, it is only a little one.’ Yes, but how that little one becomes the ruin of the entire man!” -Charles Spurgeon

Recap: Adam and his wife have fallen into chaos and are hiding from The Lord.

For some reason they thought that it was possible to hide from The Lord. This, it seems is a very common reaction when you have done something bad and feel guilty. Children tend to hide when they do something bad. We adults also run and hide when faced by guilt. Well,we know where we inherited that from. The first people to run and hide after disobedience.

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?”   This statement is so casual. The Lord was walking in the garden and looking for Adam and his wife. It’s like they used to hangout every afternoon, and today The Lord had come for the usual hang out. The bible very clearly says, no man has ever seen the face of God, the King of kings, Lord of lords HE dwells in unapproachable light (1 Timothy 6:16, John 1:18). So, it is safe to assume that this is the person of Jesus Christ the son of God, way before HE came to earth as man (John 1:1-18).  So, The Lord asked, “Where are you?” And Adam said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” The Lord already knew this, but He was giving man a chance to repent. so The Lord said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” What did Adam do after this? He did what most of us would do, he shifted blame to his wife and inadvertently to God. Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”  Notice, that this whole time, The Lord has not addressed the woman, that is because as the husband Adam is the head and the problem here. The Lord then turns to the woman and asks, “What is this you have done?” HE gave them both a chance to repent and none of then took the chance, they were both trying to escape the disobedience, instead of kneeling humbly at HIS feet and asking for forgiveness. Child of God, accept you have done wrong and with your whole heart ask for forgiveness; then after the forgiveness that is guaranteed through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, go and sin no more. So, the woman replied, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”  The woman does not shift blame she speaks the truth because the serpent did deceive her and she did eat. But what is wrong here is that being deceived is also a sin. Taking a lie over the truth of The Lord is a sin (Romans 1:25) 

The Curse

The Lord starts with the serpent; 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 life. So, the snake had limbs. The Lord did not ask the serpent any questions, because the devil who was animating the serpent had nothing to learn. HE begins with cursing the animal, it lost its limbs. Imagine the terror Adam and his wife felt when they saw this happen, they must have obviously thought, we are next. The serpent who was once a beautiful creation of God had now turned into a creepy slithering creature.  you shall eat dust all the days of your life.  This is for the animal as well as satan. To eat dust means to be totally defeated, to always be behind. God’s judgement on satan, is that he will always know defeat. he will try to reach for victory but always fall short. When Jesus Christ was on the cross, satan thought he had won, but by attack Jesus Christ, he made his own downfall and doom certain. And 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.”  This curse is for satan, when we are born, we are born rebellious, but also wary of satan. Man has to self-consciously harden his hard and willingly follow satan. Naturally we don’t serve God or satan we serve ourselves and satan is ok with that, meaning we indirectly serve satan while we selfishly serve ourselves. He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel. Here in the very beginning of sin, our merciful, kind, loving, gracious and mighty God  made the promise of redemption. The seed of woman(virgin birth) will give a fatal (deathly, mortal) blow to the devil and only HIS heel will be bruised; that is the closest he would ever get to Jesus Christ,the wounded victor. This is known as the protoevangelium, the first gospel. The Lord saw the doom of satan at satan’s first flush of victory meaning, The Lord knew what he was doing all along. Adam and his wife’s sin did not come as surprise to The Lord. The Lord wanted more than innocent man in the garden, HE wanted a redeemed man. To bring forth the redeemed man, whose full faith and confidence lies in The Lord God, our King and Master. Our Saviour, Redeemer and Friend. The redeemed man is greater than the innocent man, and this is possible because he is redeemed from sin.

The man and the woman cowering in fear, awaited their judgement.

To Be Continued….