Let’s go to the text for the story
Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
Gen 3:2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat 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 has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”
Gen 3:4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.
Gen 3:5 “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Gen 3:6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
Gen 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
First was the lie… Has God indeed said…
Eve moved to oblivious churchy mode with her answer.
Then comes the temptation… you will be like God…
Who could resist that? All of us at some point want to be like a Marvel Movie super-hero. Yea, most of us would leap at the opportunity.
Now for the boneheaded man part: She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate…
Adam had already lost his testicles.
Personally, I think the forbidden fruit was a grape because after God evicted Adam and Eve from the garden, they let out a little Wine… (Whine – Dad Joke).
Then comes Adam and Eve’s Churchy responses – they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
Needing to fix the problem, they created their own religion and joined the church of the fig leaf. Thankfully, God was not through with them, just because they messed up and sinned.
There is a provocative conjecture that these ten (or more?) dimensions were originally integrated. Could you imagine Adam and Eve clothed in light, able to interact in all ten dimensions? I can’t, either, but I try hard to write about it in my Science Fiction. A fracture occurred at some point – perhaps because of the events summarized in Genesis Chapter 3.
The resulting upheaval separated the “physical” and “spiritual” worlds. It’s what Nachmanides in the 1200s called the ‘Knowable’ vs. the ‘Unknowable’ spaces.
There appears to be some Scriptural basis for an original close coupling between the spiritual and physical world. The suggestion is that our current physics, including the entropy laws, (the bondage of decay) were a result of the fall. Pulling back on the stick to rise back out of this look at the third chapter of Genesis, I want to make a few conjecture points.
- From the words, “In the Beginning,” to the end of verse two is probably a span of unimaginable time.
- Between the end of verse 1 and beginning of verse 2, a war in the heavens occurred in which Satan fell
- God’s program for creation has been going on a long time… A lot longer than our puny 6,000 years on earth.
- Yet, it is Gen chapter 3 and the fall of man that point at the redemption and salvation of man.
- From the Beginning, God established marriage between a man and a woman to model His salvation
The thing that humbles me is that with a Universe at his disposal to shape and make, God turned his focus on puny, insignificant, fallen man to rescue, redeem, save, and die for a beloved bride who began committing spiritual adultery from the beginning of the marriage. God was frankly deeply in love with us, willing to forgive anything, redeeming all our sins with the life and blood of His son.
We’ve scratched the surface of the beginning and we hope our readers work through the footnotes that, in these last days, pull the Beginning and the End into a scriptural foundation. Stepping to the big picture of WOKE on the Scarlet Thread, we have now set the peculiar foundation that the Bible proclaims as the Beginning. This is critical for understanding the stage on which creation progresses across Jesus’ words about the beginning and the end.