Time, Truth, and Wisdom
CHAPTER 10--Adam & Eve, In The Garden
A common misconception concerning the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden involves the apple. There is little point in repeating the story here because it’s familiar to all of us. So, let’s dispel of this myth right off the bat before we get into the serious study of the Scriptures.
In all of the Bible, Old and New Testaments, the word apple is found only eight times. Five times it is used as the figure of speech “the apple of his eye” and the other three times it is used simply as an apple tree. The word “apple” does not appear anywhere in the Book of Genesis, much less one being found in the hand of Eve. Enough said.
Let’s begin our study in Genesis 2:8:
Genesis 2:8 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
The man that He placed in that garden was a very special man because contrary to the sixth-day creation, this man was “formed”, as something made of clay and formed with your hands. In the Hebrew language, this word “man” is: ‘eth-‘ha adham. The Adam.
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.
We have the introduction of the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. These two trees are not actual trees. They are symbolic. The tree of life will represent Jesus Christ and the tree of knowledge of good and evil will represent Satan. This part of Genesis contains many metaphors and figures of speech.
Again, a metaphor is a device used in literature where few words, emotions, and associations from one context are associated with objects and entities in a different context. Basically, a deeper meaning can be carried forth with the use of a metaphor rather than just using plain words.
Verses 10-14 describe the location and the rivers that define the limits of the Garden and it was probably located in the northeast corner of Asia Minor, near the Caspian Sea. Even the best authorities disagree on the exact location of the Garden of Eden but the “best guess” is that it was situated in Armenia, near the origin of the rivers Tigris and Euphrates, and in which the same region rise the Araxes (Pison ) and the Oxus (Gihon) rivers.
Genesis 2:15 And the Lord God took the man,
and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
Genesis 2:16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
Genesis 2:17 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.
This death will be a spiritual death, not a physical one. If you partake of Satan, if you take up with him, if you eat the spiritual junk that he is going to feed you through his churches, then you will surely die a spiritual death. If you want to know who "his churches" are just read the first and second chapters of Revelation. Of the seven churches spoken of there, only two of them pleased our Lord.
The other five pleased Satan.
Within these two trees, spiritually representing Christ on the one hand and Satan on the other, the opponent of Christ stands ready and able to tempt Adam, to try to convince him to commit that first offense against our Father. Common sense demands that we look at this situation a little more closely.
Our Father destroyed that first heaven/earth age because of Satan’s attempt to take control in heaven and convinced one-third of all the souls to help him try to do it and we are to be put here in the second heaven/earth age, to be tempted of Satan, to make the decision to follow him or Christ.
At this point in time, here in the garden, it is Satan’s job to tempt Adam and Eve. And Adam and Eve had no choice in the matter; they had to commit the first sin, the first transgression against a stated command from the Creator because He specifically said: thou shalt not eat of it.
For anyone to think that Adam and Eve could have resisted the temptation of Satan is absurd for if this had indeed happened then the Plan of our Father would have come to a standstill immediately. Why?
Because through this man Adam, through his offspring, his children, would the Savior be born, the Redeemer of sins for all mankind should they choose to accept Him. The very purpose of this eighth-day creation of this particular man and woman was to create a special race of people through which a Savior would be born.
For Adam and Eve to continue to live in the Garden with all of their needs satisfied would have negated our Father’s Plan. Were Adam and Eve manipulated by God; made to think that they had free will in the Garden but actually they did not?
This becomes a little easier to understand if you know who God’s Elect are. They are the sanctified ones. During that war in heaven, they stood tall and firm with our Father. They made that decision, that choice, to align themselves with our Father and reject Satan, not in this heaven/earth age but in the first.
And because our Father has decided that all souls should come through this earth age then even His Election will do so as well. The difference between the Elect and others is that God can use these souls, His Election, to help carry out His plan.
He can intervene in their lives and not interfere in their decision as to whom they will choose to follow because they have already made that decision to our Father’s satisfaction in the previous heaven/earth age.
A good example of this is when Moses, being sent by God, went before Pharaoh to bring the Israelites out of bondage but initially to no avail. It seemed that the more Moses and Aaron tried to convince Pharaoh to release the Israelites the more he resisted. Why did he do that?
Exodus 10:1 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him:
Our Father hardened Pharaoh’s heart on purpose; quite possibly because Pharaoh was one of His Election. But it goes even further than that. The question still remains: why would God harden the Pharaoh’s heart, to begin with? Why mess around with these people like that?
Well, the answer is really quite simple. We have a confrontation going on between our Father and Satan and God Himself will prove to the Egyptians that He is Lord of Lords. And the outcome of it all will be freedom for the Hebrew people after four hundred and thirty years and the execution of the first Passover.
You can bet your bottom dollar that the surrounding heathen nations were watching closely as well.
Now, back to Genesis:
Genesis 2:18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
Our Father is going to make Adam a companion.
Genesis 2:19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
I have no doubt that these animals that God is creating here are not only specific to the Garden, to begin with, but that they are farm animals as well.
It doesn’t matter if you think that it would take too much time for Adam to name all of the animals of the world or just the animals in the Garden or if it could be accomplished in one 24-hour day or if it took 1000 years or if the atmosphere was super-oxygenated or if the creepy-crawlies were or were not named or yada, yada, yada.
Get over it.
Sometimes you just have to stop beating the life out of a couple of verses and try to find out what the important points of the Scripture really are.
Genesis 2:20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
His mate is coming soon.
Genesis 2:21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
Many people believe that a man has one rib less than a woman and it’s about as true as Eve eating an apple.
Genesis 2:22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
The Hebrew word for “rib” is tsela (as curved) and the root word is tsala` (to curve). Figuratively speaking, a woman was created from the “curve” of man and in reality, some women are very curvy indeed!
Genesis 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Genesis 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
The sad part is that many people believe that Adam and Eve were the beginning of the human race. They believe that Eve was the mother of the human race. They are teaching their little children that Adam and Eve were the beginning of the human race. And it’s a lie.
Basically, there are two things at work here: traditional beliefs and ignorance because church systems and their esteemed leaders have told their congregations for centuries that Adam and Eve were the first humans and ignorance comes into play because people are so lazy that they don’t try to find out for themselves if what they are being taught is the truth or not.
And it seems that everyone accepts this statement as gospel because it is repeated to children generation after generation after generation.
The Biblical account of the creation of humankind, before Adam and Eve, can be found in Genesis 1:26-31:
Genesis 1:26 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 creepeth upon the earth.
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
You will note that the female created here was not taken from the man’s rib. And you should also note that these people were “created” and not “formed” as was the condition with Adam and Eve.
Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth,
Genesis 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Genesis 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
Genesis 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
This is the account of the creation of all the races. Verse 26 through verse 31 is the account of the sixth-day creation, evidenced by the words and the evening and the morning were the sixth day. I don’t want you to miss this or read over it.
And just as a side note, have you ever wondered why it reads evening and morning instead of “morning and evening”? We generally look at our day and it begins in the morning when we wake up and it ends in the evening when we retire to bed.
The Hebrew day begins in the evening at sunset on one day and ends at sunset on the following day and the Hebraism evening and morning, although not inclusive of the entire day as morning and evening are not inclusive of our entire day, simply indicates their reckoning of a twenty-four-hour day.
Now, to keep things in perspective so that I’m not accused of jumping around too much with different chapters and verses, verse 31 is the end of chapter one in Genesis so let’s begin with the first verses of chapter two:
Genesis 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
Genesis 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
Genesis 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
Seven days have been completed. Male and female, human beings were created on the sixth day at this point. Now, back when we were all in elementary school we were taught that a sentence contained a couple of important components: a subject; an object and a verb. In verse four of this second chapter, the subject has changed. Verse 4 is a culmination of the creation of the earth and the heavens and the subject changes again in verse 5:
Genesis 2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,
Genesis 2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
Genesis 2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
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 soul.
Genesis 2:8 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
God rested on that seventh day in Genesis 2:3. In verse 2:5, after resting on the seventh day, there was not a man to till the ground and God formed man of the dust of the ground. Without question, there were two separate creations of mankind.
By the use of simple mathematics we can see that all of the races were created on the sixth day, our Father rested on the seventh and Adam and Eve were formed on the eighth day.
Now, I know that it doesn’t specifically say “the eighth day” and maybe it wasn’t that particular day, maybe it was sometime later but it doesn’t really matter. The question at hand is: were Adam and Eve the first humans? The answer obviously is NO. I know that the argument is made by some when they read Genesis 3:20:
Genesis 3:20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
They say that this clearly proves that Adam and Eve were the beginning of the human race but Eve was the mother of all living through Jesus Christ, those living spiritually in Jesus Christ because it would be through her womb that Jesus would ultimately be born.
Adam and Eve were the beginning of a special race of people. The Hebrew race. They were NOT the beginning of the human race.
Now, whether we deliberately teach our children that Adam and Eve were the beginning of the human race or not, we are still planting lies in their fertile little minds and those lies will be very difficult to overcome in later years. How can we do that to the little ones that we supposedly love so much?
How can we deliberately put them on a path of deceit and deception at an age when they cannot fully reason on their own?
“Oh, it’s just a little white lie.”
“Oh, it’s just a fictional story about an apple.”
“Oh, Satan won’t make too big a deal out of this.”
“Oh, the Bible is just too graphic for children so we must protect them.”
The readers of the Bible that are literalists, that take the English words on the pages of the King James Bible and say to the world that this is gospel, this is the literal truth of the Scriptures, are handicapping themselves, spiritually, beyond anything that they can imagine.
We will soon be introduced to the serpent. And this serpent, this snake, will tempt Eve.
Now, even to the most closed-minded individual, it makes absolutely no sense to read these verses and believe that a snake can talk. Yes, I know that our Father could make a snake talk if He really wanted to; and yes, I know the story of Balaam and his ass and if you really want to split hairs here, at least an ass, a donkey, has vocal cords that can actually emit a sound, a bray, if you will. Some snakes can hiss, all donkeys can bray.
This serpent is Satan and how do we know that?
Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Continuing with Genesis 3:1:
Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil,
Cunning, smooth, running that con game,
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?
He knew what our Father had said.
Genesis 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
Genesis 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.
Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die.
“You’re not really going to die! It's God who is running a con game on you! If you eat of the tree in the midst of the garden you’ll become smarter than God Himself!”
Genesis 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.
Let’s stop here for a moment and learn a little bit about how you can do some deeper research when the English words of the Bible just don’t seem to make much sense. I mean, really, doesn’t something inside your brain say to you that quite possibly we’re not talking about trees here?
When was the last time that you picked a piece of fruit from a tree and ate it and simply had a wealth of insight and knowledge flood your mind?
The definition of the word tree in verse 3, taken from the Strong’s Concordance Hebrew dictionary is:
✡ Tree_OT: 6086 `ets (ates); from OT: 6095; a tree (from its firmness); hence, wood (plural sticks):
Just a plain old tree. Now, the prime root of OT:6086 is OT:6095 so let’s see what that Hebrew word means:
✡ Root word_OT: 6095 `atsah (aw-tsaw'); a primitive root; properly, to fasten (or make firm), i.e. to close (the eyes):
Stay with me now, don’t think that this is too complicated to understand; there is another prime word of OT:6095 and that is:
✡ Root word_OT: 6096 `atseh (aw-tseh'); from OT: 6095; the spine (as giving firmness to the body):
We’re not talking about a tree here; we’re talking about something that has firmness to it because of a spinal column and we’re also talking about eyes and the truth that you can see if you look deeper into the Scriptures. A tree is not tempting Adam and Eve, which is simply the point that I’m trying to make. Now, let’s read verse 5 again:
Genesis 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.
Actually, their eyes will NOT be opened, they will be closed to the truth by Satan's lies.
Let’s go back to verse 3 where the Serpent/Satan is quoting God’s admonition to Eve:
Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
What, possibly, could the word “touch” mean in the Hebrew language?
✡ Touch_OT: 5060 naga` (naw-gah'); a primitive root; properly, to touch, i.e. lay the hand upon (for any purpose; euphem, to lie with a woman).
When the word “touch” is used here the euphemism is “to lie with a woman”. Are you beginning to get the picture? We’re talking about the sexual prowess of Satan towards Eve.
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.
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.
And they knew that they were naked. Their eyes were opened in a worldly sense.
Genesis 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.
Genesis 3:9 And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
Genesis 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
Genesis 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?
Genesis 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
Genesis 3:13 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.
Let’s take a look at this word beguiled and see what it means in the Hebrew language:
✡ Beguiled_OT: 5377 nasha' (naw-shaw'); a primitive root; to lead astray, i.e. (mentally) to delude, or (morally) to seduce:
It means to seduce sexually.
It’s always good when we are able to have a second witness to a subject such as this because tender ears may have been offended by this time. Let’s go to the New Testament and the book of second Corinthians.
The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, is worried that they might “spiritually” lose their “virginity” by not waiting for the “spiritual marriage” to Jesus Christ; he is fearful that they may believe the lies of Satan when he returns as the Antichrist and this is what he is telling them:
2nd Corinthians 11:1 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.
He's saying that if he sounds a little off-base, just bear with him for a minute.
2nd Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
He hopes that you have committed yourselves, as a "spiritual wife" to our Lord.
2nd Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
The keywords are found in verse 3. Where did we find the serpent? In the Garden of Eden, of course. Satan’s role in the first heaven/earth age was Lucifer; his role in the Garden would be as the serpent. Reckon what the word beguiled means in the Greek language?
✡ Beguiled_NT:1818 exapatao (ex-ap-at-ah'-o); from NT: 1537 and NT: 538; to seduce wholly:
“To seduce wholly.” Now you have it explained to you in two different languages: the Hebrew and the Greek. People, Eve bought into Satan’s con game hook, line and sinker. If you haven’t gotten the point by now you probably never will but just to make it crystal clear in your mind.....the serpent, Lucifer, Satan or whatever you want to call him, sexually seduced Eve.
Want to know who that child from Satan will be? Stay tuned.
We’re going to skip on down to chapter four of this great Book of Genesis and pick it up with verses 1-2:
Genesis 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.
Her child, by Satan, is Cain, the twin brother of Able.
Genesis 4:2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
The word “knew” in the Hebrew has many different usages but it is very clear by the context of its use here that it is "knew" in the Biblical sense and through the course of time that Eve gave birth to Cain and she again, she continued in labor, and bare his brother Abel. She has been impregnated twice: once by Adam and once by Satan.
From Dorland’s Medical Dictionary we have this explanation for the medical condition known as dizygotic twins:
“Two offspring born of the same pregnancy and developed from two ova that were released from the ovary simultaneously and fertilized at the same time. They may be of the same or opposite sex, differ both physically and genetically, and have two separate and distinct placentas and membranes, both amnion and chorion.”
The word “again” in the Hebrew means, “to add or augment, often adverbial, to continue to do a thing”. She continued in birth, after Cain was born, and gave birth to Abel, indicating quite clearly that Cain and Able were twins. Not identical but fraternal. There was not a nine-month period between these two births.
The fact that they were twins is further exemplified by the fact that they both came to maturity in the same year, as both were responsible for bringing forth offerings to Almighty God at the same time:
Genesis 4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.
Genesis 4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
Genesis 4:5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
It doesn’t take too much insight to figure out that the reason that God rejected the offering by Cain is that Cain’s father was Satan; why in the world would God accept anything from Cain?
It’s important that you get this in your mind right real good. Cain and Abel had two different fathers: Abel’s father was Adam and Cain’s father was Satan. Cain, as we will see, is the father of the Kenites.
Satan began his attempt to destroy our Father in his role as Lucifer in the first heaven/earth age.
In this second heaven/earth age, even as early as the beginning of the Hebrew race, we find evidence of him attempting to destroy, to pollute with his own seed, the bloodline through which our Lord Jesus would come, giving whomsoever will, the saving grace of the forgiveness of our sins.
Satan continues with the deception and seduction of Eve in the Garden as his seed, Cain, is born along with Abel. Satan is tenacious and unrelenting. He pauses not to rest.
Keeping records was a very important part of early Hebrew life. Genesis, chapter 10 lists the generations of the sons of Noah and it goes on for 32 verses; chapter 11, beginning with verse 10, lists the generations of Shem and it goes on for 22 verses.
For our purposes, we’re going to find the generations of Adam and the generations of Cain. If Cain were indeed the son of Adam then their genealogical records would be listed together but they are not.
The genealogy of Adam begins in Genesis, chapter 5, verse 1 and we only have to follow this genealogy until we see the death of Adam, understand?
Genesis 5:1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
Genesis 5:2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
Genesis 5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:
Wait a minute! The first son of Adam listed is Seth? Where's Cain and Abel?
Genesis 5:4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:
Genesis 5:5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
Did you notice that neither Abel nor Cain was mentioned as being the offspring of Adam? The reason for Abel not being listed is that he was murdered by Cain and therefore had no children, no legacy to pass on. The reason that Cain is not listed is because Adam was not the father of Cain. Satan was his father.
A study of Adam and Eve would not be complete without an understanding of who Lilith is. According to the Jewish encyclopedia, the Talmud is a record of rabbinic discussions pertaining to Jewish law, ethics, customs, and history.
It has been adopted as the central text of mainstream Judaism. Lilith is described in post-Biblical literature (the Talmud) as a demon of the night but it goes far beyond this simple explanation. There are several myths concerning her that vary one from the other but the basics of these myths is that Lilith was Adam’s wife before God created Eve; she was the first woman created for Adam.
Lilith was a strong-willed woman who felt that she walked on equal ground with Adam, in as much as they both were created from the same dust of the ground and without getting too graphic about it she objected to being on her back while she and Adam were having sexual intercourse.
She felt that this position (missionary) was demeaning to her, having Adam lying on top of her. (Strangely enough, this sexual position is the only one that is legally allowed by most States during the commission of such acts.)
As the story goes Lilith became quite upset with Adam and his insistence that she obey him in his desire to copulate in this particular position and she decided that she would no longer “do” him thereby violating God’s command to be fruitful and multiply. Adam supposedly stood his ground and at that point, Lilith spoke the holy name of God and flew away.
It is not Biblical that our Father created a wife for Adam other than Eve. It is absolute heresy to suggest anything else. Satan has caused much confusion by doing this and that is his goal, of course. Create babble at every opportunity and the uneducated will believe it and run with it.