The following thoughts seems to be more than plausible considering the age old question of "Why ?". Our first human parents, Adam and his wife Ishshah, with their inquisitive minds, undoubtedly had a prior curiosity and exploratory discussions about the forbidden tree. We find them in the midst of the garden in close proximity to that Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Now enters Satan, the malignant spirit of evil and deceit, who has disguised himself as a common serpent. This serpent is intertwined in the Tree of Knowledge that to Ishshah and Adam, seemingly gives it the ability to talk, and communicate with wisdom. This uncommon serpent, with his innuendos, begins to plant his malignant seed of rebellion into the free thinking minds of Adam and his wife Ishshah, and thus begins the human saga with its calamities and curses for all of mankind.
In spite of Godís instructions and warnings about the dangers of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, Ishshah/Woman (to be renamed Eve after Adam and Ishshah's rebellion), when hearing the serpent speaking from the Tree of Knowledge, was deceived within the lust of her own reasoning mind; You shall not die, You shall be like God, knowing the good and the evil: And then Ishshah/Woman sampled of the fruit of the tree of confusion. The Woman of Adam was the first human person to transgress God's command: But witness that Adam, the head of the house, entered the clutches of sinís control, freely by his own will. Adam, knowingly acted against the divine Will of God, and partook of the forbidden fruit. Please notice that Adam was standing with His Woman/Ishshah, and was listening to the devil's enchantments with his own ears and with the eyes of his heart opened to receive deceit.
Woman (Ishshah) saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he also ate it. (See Genesis 3 verse 6 . N.A.B.)
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they hid themselves in fear from the Presence of Elohim. A tremendous change has taken place in the nature of the Man and the Woman of Adam, for death has begun its fearful process because God's Spirit of Life had departed from both of them. When God confronts Adam, Adam, the spiritual head of the house, didnít take responsibility for his actions, and did not cover his wife after her own deadly deception. Adam further compounds his offense by first placing the blame on his Woman/Ishshah, and then upon God, for having given him the gift of his wife Ishshah/Woman. With simple deduction, the now changed Adam, within his own confused self-righteous justification, was not repentant for his own gross act of treason, and certainly was not apologetic for his willful insurrection against God the Father, and the Sustainer of the Life of His creation.
In the beginning of sin, desire and lust was conceived within the neuronal mind of Adam, inevitably infecting and affecting the whole of the essence of His being containing his soul and spirit of mind. Adam's rebellion would eventuate into catastrophic consequences to Adam's body and his genetic offspring. Adam and Ishshah/to become Eve, wanted what they were told they could not have and did not need. The only true goodness was already present in the freedom they had in the expanse of Elohim's Love for them and in His Life Provisions present in the Tree of Life.
Now contrast the Gift of Life in God, with the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil that in the eating of the fruit gave birth to death, and would confine their corrupted remains to the dust of the earth. Without God's Spirit of Life, Adam and his wife now called Eve were left naked in their own confused judgment of good and the evil. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts He any man: 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. (James 1 verse 13 thru 15.) Adamís intellectual pride, agreed with Satan, and now the autonomous will of sin, caused Adam to judge God, as being unjust, and a liar for keeping the secret of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil from him.
Adamís first willful act of self serving sin, was the ultimate seditious offense against God. Now, in Man's naked shame and guilty conscience, the offence quickly proliferated into a second. Adam trying to cover his naked tail, by whatever means possible, started with fig leaves. Then, after God searches him out, Adam finds his scapegoat in his wife, and places the blame on someone other than upon himself. Responsibility for any wrong doing, is lacking because of the lie of self justification with the offender attempting to preserve themselves with their own individual right to choose what is good or evil for the sake of self.
Remember, Adam by his own reasoning, made the final judgment or decision that initiated the corruption of sin's lustful desire with its on going force of sin bring death. Ultimately, sinís conception in the soul of Man, had its beginning with its appeal to self desire, and would proliferate in the mind of Adam, compelling him to not only reject God, but to blame God as the principle cause of his failure. With the birth of sin in Adam's spiritual mind, faith with a love of God now disappears within his soul, for stealthy sin reasonrf in his mind: Didnít God make himself an accomplice to the crime, by giving him his Woman/Ishshah? Or, why did God place the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden in the first place? Indeed, can God be trusted at all? After all, as bright as I am, I know what is best for my self! Without God's intervention, Man, even all of mankind, will follow his own pernicious ways, justifying his wrongful actions with his own accusing judgments, which will lead to his own destruction and death.
Then He (Elohim) asked, "Who told you that you were naked? You have then eaten from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat! Man replied; "Ishshah/Woman whom You put here with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate of it". The Lord God then asked Ishshah; "Why did you do such a thing? Woman answered; "The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it." (Genesis 3 verse 11 thru 13 .(N.A.B.).
Stealthy Sin hates to be discovered, and hides in the lowest, darkest and weakest place of prideful, self-preservation, and acts repulsively in the Light of the Word of God. Because it is more convenient and more comfortable in self-mindedness, sinful man would rather choose the lie than to face the truth about themselves. As noted before, the humility to admit guilt with true God-ward sorrow, not for the temporal loss, but toward the person offended, is an attribute that is absolutely missing in sinís dark covering of itself. A malignancy, as in cancer, has a hardened cellular covering that opposes the natural immune responses in the body, and so it is with the spiritual malignancy of sin, as it hardens the heart, and cowers in the darkest recessive pathways of the mind, trying to avoid God's light of discovery and cure. And this is the condemnation, that Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than Light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that does evil hates the Light, neither comes to the Light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that does Truth comes to the Light that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. (John 3 verse 19 thru 21.(NKJV.)
When the minds' of Adam and Eve, rejected the living God, both of them were changed into instruments of death within their individual bodies and souls, for God's Spirit of TRUTH and Life left them in their own choices. Their own mind's would make decisions based on what each thought to best for their own individuality. The Spirit of God's sustaining Life and Immanent Presence, had left the two of them to fend for themselves, with their own corrupted natures. The poisonous sting of sin is death , and death was set in motion in that day of the Lord. Now, within the depth of themselves, Adam and Eve felt their once godly natures corrupted into a mutated earthly nature. With their very own choice, Adam and Woman/Ishshah/Eve seemingly voided the Grace of the Creator God of Love. Even so, God in His mercy sacrificed an innocent lamb, and clothed Adam and Ishshah in animal skins, to help cover the nakedness of our first parent's shame and guilt. And, unto Adam and also to his wife, did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them. (Genesis 3 verse 21.)
The God of Covenant, by His own hand shed the life blood of an innocent lamb, and clothed the nakedness of Adam and Eve with lamb skins. Even before the foundation of the world, God had set in time His Promised Lamb of His Covenant Mercy: For the Messiah of God would come in time and would provide the only remedy for humanity's conflict with evil and death. Elohim, the Lord God, had already made a Covenant with His Eternal WORD and set the time of Man's deliverance in motion when He Said to Satan the source of all evil: "I will put enmity between thee and Woman, and between thy seed (of evil) and her seed (that will be of righteousness). It [He] shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise His Heel". (Genesis 3 verse 15.)
God's Covenant in the TRUTH of the Lamb of God was set in time, to destroy the violence of sin that would be set in motion by Man's rebellion. With Adam's rejection of God's Love, now Lucifer, the author of sin and death, has entrenched himself into the world, where his initial rebellion reigns with its corruption of death with in the first Adam, and all of mankind. From that moment on, and into the present, mankind, including all life forms, corrupt and decay into the rudimentary elements of matter. The earthly Adam and Eve and their natural seed prodigy, will all return to the base elements of the earth, from which they were originally taken from.
Through out time, systematic theologians would have put forth a series of named Covenants attributed to the WORD of God. All well and good, but all of these seemingly individual Covenants confirm the faithful TRUTH of God, for they are an extension of God's first Covenant Promise given in the Garden of Eden, where, in God's time, the Promised Seed of Woman/Ishshah would defeat Satan and sin. The Beginning and the End is that God's Everlasting Word of Covenant TRUTH Promised that the genetic Seed of Ishshah/Woman would be victorious over the head of evil.
For the Lord is our defense and the Holy One is our King. Then You spoke in vision of your Holy One and said: I have laid help upon this One Who is mighty: I have exalted this One Who is chosen from out of the people. (Psalm 89 verse 18 thru 19.)
The Lord God said to Moses: I will raise up unto you (Israel) a Prophet from among your brethren like you (Moses) I will put My Words IN His Mouth and He will speak to Israel all the Words that I command Him. It shall come to pass that whosoever will not hearken unto My Words which He shall speak in My Name, I will require it from him who will not hear the TRUTH. (See Deuteronomy 18 verse 17 thru 19.)
The enemy shall not exact upon Him, nor the son of wickedness afflict Him. (Psalm 89 verse 22.)
He shall cry unto Me: Thou Art My Father, My God and the Rock of MY Salvation. I will make Him My First Born, higher than the kings of the earth. My Mercy will I keep for Him forevermore and My Covenant shall stand fast with Him. His seed shall I make to endure forever and His throne as the days of heaven. My Covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of My Lips.
If His children foresake My Law and do not walk in My Judgment, then I will chasten their transgessions with a rod, and their iniquities with stripes. Nevertheless My loving kindness I will not take from him, nor permit My Faithfulness to fail. For My Covenant I will not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of My Mouth. (See Psalm 89 verse 26 thru 34.)
God's Everlasting Covenant with Man/Adam and Woman/Ishshah/Eve, will be accomplished by the Last Adam, Jesus Christ, for He was born of the true Seed of Woman that was conceived by the Word and Spirit of Life of the Eternal God. God would send forth His Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world, and save all those who would come to His Salvation offering, for Almighty God would cloth the believing sinners nakedness in the Righteousness of the Son of Man, Jesus Christ. (See Revelation 13 verse 8.)
If any person is faithful to God and the Eternal's Covenant with mankind, then in the very end that person will know and see the Love of God, Jesus Christ: For He is the Promised Seed of Woman and Jesus/Yeshua is the victorious Son of the first Adam/Man. As the Incarnate Son of Man in the flesh, Jesus the Christ of God with His Perfect Love and total obedience to His Eternal Father, would overcome the evil one, the source of sin and death. Adam, the first Man and a created son of God, in his prideful ignorance, became guilty of all of the violence and blood shed upon the earth. However, in God's Righteous Justice, the Last Adam of the race of Man, Jesus Christ, will atone for all the sins of death that were attributed to the first Adam. For Whoso sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made He Man/Adam. (Genesis 9 verse 6.) The first Adam's choice, initiated unbelief and treason against God, and brought death and destruction to his offspring: But the incarnate Last Adam made His Righteous choice to belief in His Father God that led to the sacrificial Love He had for His Father and His fellow man. Jesus Christ's Perfect Love and obedience to His Father God, quenched the wrath of sin with its condemnation of death, for God's Spirit of Grace IN Christ Jesus would liberate all those who have Faith in Christ Jesus and in loving the Lord God, their souls would be born anew of the Word of God.
The elemental structures within earthly or universal matter, possesses only the imprint of God's creative Word that creates structure. Such matter does not contain God's Intimate Imprint upon the soul that is made alive by God's Breath from His Holy Spirit and Word of Life. The Almighty God can Command the elements of His earth, to bring forth structured obedient life, but He can not Command Love from the heart of the free will of man. Yahweh's Holy Spirit of TRUTH brings forth only His likeness of Faith, Hope and Love from the children of His heart.
Remembering again, "For dust thou art and unto dust shall thou return." The elemental dust of this earth, has no soul that loves, and "The soul that sins shall die". We are not familiar with the original deceptive form of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, but nevertheless the generations of the Tree are here today, springing forth from the dust of the earth, to be seen in human form. The beginning family of man, became one with that tree of corruption of the heart, and from the former text and the text that follows, you can see the corrupted fruit of the human tree's offspring. Ironically, the geneticist finds that seventeen per cent of Man's DNA is associated with plants and trees that wither away.
Therefore, with the original seeding of rebellious sin in the Garden of Eden and unto the present day, the manifestations of the spiritual malignancy of sin, and the resulting autonomous judgmental reactions of all earthly fathers, beginning with our first father, Adam, continues into all generations of rebellious mankind. Yes, it is true, we are all decaying chips off the old log! Adam and his wife Ishshah ate of that Tree, and became one with the Tree, having judged God out of the imaginations of their heart, and thereby separated themselves from the heart of the Eternal Father God Almighty. Adam chose expediency, and what he thought was instant god-Identification, rather than being a son of the Most High, and waiting on Godís patient Wisdom, perfect Love and understanding that Yahweh would freely provide to His people who would have been free born within His creation of time. Now instead, all of mankind has been infected with the will of rebellious sin, and we have all taken on the nature of the spiritual infection, with its consequential judgments resulting in the ultimate manifestations violence that is innate to the flesh if Sin and Death.
And so, in the beginning with Adam eating of the iniquitous fruits of the Tree of Knowledge, then the sin blossomed in the first Man, causing Adam to reject the only Living God, the Creator and sustainer of life. Adam, by committing the highest of treason, through his own autonomous judgment and censure of the TRUE God of LIFE, even knowing of the penalty, consigned himself to death and quite naturally, all of his genetic seed within him. Therefore, mankind, born of the seed of Adam the first Man, has genetically inherited death, and all of its genetic consequences and anomalies to the whole body and soul of man. Unfortunately, to this very day, mankind continues to eat of that Tree of our own individual confused self determinations of good and evil for ourselves, that only leads to sinís propensity towards moral corruption of the mind, heart, and genetic mutations of the human body.
The Creator Elohim God gave Man the gift of free will, but quite regrettably, and apart from the Holy Presence of God with His Love and His wisdom, the gift was corrupted with man's self-centered body of flesh that is bent on sin. Now, the natural man and his mind is alienated from his Creator, and the will of sin has taken all of mankind prisoners of death. Man does not know nor love the Only God of the Living, and certainly does not understand the Holiness of the Creator. The unregenerate mind and soul of man, has become enamored with his own darkness, and is enslaved to his own deceptions conceived in sin and those of its author, Satan. Man, in rebellion to his Creator, lost his sovereignty on the earth, and Satan usurped the authority and became the new lord of this earth. (See Luke 4 verse 5 thru 8.) It is Satanís will of death and destruction that presently reigns in this world, and not the Love of God. For God made not death: neither has He pleasure in the destruction of the living. For He created all things, that they might have their being: and the generations of the world were healthful; and there is no poison of destruction in them, nor the kingdom of death upon the earth: (For righteousness is immortal:) (See Wisdom of Solomon 1 verse 14 thru 15.) Righteousness is immortal, because righteousness is centered in the Love of God, where there is no self centered corruption through the defiling works of sin and death.
Satan, sin, death, and darkness, are spiritually synonymous, for they are contemptuous of God, His Word and Godís creation of Man. Satan, in desiring to discredit God, has laid claim to all of mankind through Adam succumbing to sin's deceits. With Adamís insurrection, then the willful seed of Satan, held within the darkness of sin and death, has been spiritually sown into the inner fabric of humanity, where sin's desires, in unison with Satan, will seek to destroy even the genetics of the first Man Adam. When God promised that the Seed of Woman/Ishshah would crush the head of Satan, He was also promising that the genetics of the first the Adam, through the genetics of Ishshah, would be maintained in the true genealogy of Man/Adam. Ishshah, Woman's female X chromosome from the original sinless genetics of the first Adam would be found in the Last Adam, the Incarnate Christ of God, being born from the genetic flesh of the Virgin Mary. God's Eternal Word is full of Light, and is not a hybridization of the confused thoughts of fallen man kind. Those who are born again, are not to be under the misleading direction of Satan, sin, and death, that is enclosed in darkness.
Elohim first established His Covenant Word in the fabric of time before the world was created, then confirmed His Promise in the Garden of Eden, and fulfilled His Promise of the Seed of Woman/Ishshah that would conquer Satan, sin, death and the darkness of the grave: For since by Man came death, by Man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so (those) in Christ shall all be made alive. (1st Corinthians 15 verse 21 thru 23.) Christ Jesus is the Last Adam, born of the Will of His Father, and is The True Son of the Almighty God, begotten in the image and likeness of His Holy Father.
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Robert Glenn Pratten