When Adam was created, one of the things God told him was not to eat of the tree in the midst of the garden, the tree of knowledge of good and evil. There is no mention of God telling Eve this, though it shows in her conversation with the devil that she knew not to eat or even touch the tree lest they die. It also says in the New Testament that “Adam was not deceived but the woman being deceived was in transgression.” I believe that Adam was the left to “explain the rules”, so to speak.
Because just hearing something from God is more powerful than most realize. I believe that Adam being the one to tell Eve that they weren’t supposed to eat of the tree in the middle of the garden, Eve didn’t have a “Word” from God, and the devil, previous angel of God, he knew that his chances of deceiving her were far greater than engaging with Adam.
What I want to look at is the conversation,
Gen 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Gen 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
Gen 3:3 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.
Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5 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.
Gen 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.
Gen 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.
Gen 3:8 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.
Gen 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
Gen 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
Gen 3:11 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?
Before this happened, there was no concept of being naked, that is just how they were, it wasn’t even a thing, they didn’t know they were naked, until they ate of the tree of KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL.
First, the devil got her to engage with him by mentioning the tree and putting a slight twist on what God said. She takes the opportunity to “correct” him (sorry, couldn’t resist) and say, he didn’t say we cannot eat of any tree in the garden, but, that we could not eat or even touch the tree in the middle of the garden or we would die. Immediately the devil says, you won’t really die, God just know that when you do eat of the tree your eyes will be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing both good and evil.
First, he is speaking of a physical death, dropping dead on the spot, that’s what they are thinking. You shall not surely die, God just knows… Second, he baits her with wisdom, becoming as wise as God. You will know both good and evil, the devil is talking about know about these things, knowing the difference between. What really happened was, Eve became intimate with evil, by the justification of her carnal lusts.
James 1:14-15, But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
In the beginning was the Word, the Word was God,… ALL things were made by Him,… In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; The Word of God is the breath of life, it is the life of men. God spoke/breathed life into the nostrils of the man. It is the Spirit that quickens, your flesh profits you nothing; the words I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life. He that God has sent speaks the words of God.
Eve was “drawn away” from being spiritually minded, this is the “image” that they were made in. When the woman saw that the tree was good for food (lust of the flesh), and that it was pleasant to the eyes (lust of the eyes), and that it was a tree desired to make one wise (pride of life), he took of the fruit, and the rest is history. She justified doing what she knew she was not supposed, with, well, it’s is pretty, it does have some nice fruit on it, and if I do eat it I will have the wisdom of God. She was drawn away from her God created state of being, to going her own way, following the lusts of her own mind, of the flesh, her carnal mind, and Adam followed.
This is the thing that every human being was born into having to follow from that point on, their carnal minds/flesh, we call it sin, but sin is an action of the flesh, started in the mind as a thought. The spirit had been disconnected, thus the light of men no longer shown bright. BUT, this is what Jesus was sent for, to renew the spirit in the people that God knew would/could hear the spiritually discerned Words of God.
They heard the voice of the LORD walking in the garden, not in themselves any longer. Something was different, their eyes had been opened, they understood that they were naked. They hid themselves from the presence of the LORD. Adam, where are you? I heard your voice and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid myself. Who told you that you were naked?
No one told them, because they had eaten of the tree of KNOWLEDGE of GOOD and EVIL, their eyes were opened immediately. They had been intimate with, took part in evil, by following their own desires/ lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and pride of life, none of which are of God, but of this world. Right now there are WAY TO MANY things, policies, traditions, ways of men, that are not of God, but we think they are ok, good even, but they draw us away as well because they appeal to the flesh (not just a lust) and carnal mind and we need to get back to living as disciples of Christ.