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Getting To Know God
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1. Why do people deny the creator?
2. How did the creation of the world happen?
The answers to these questions are imperative to understand who God is, in addition to decide if one desires to have a relationship with him or not. The origin for any substance or person will determine one’s belief, disbelief, desire, or faith.
According to the scriptures, God didn't form the universe out of pre-existent matter. God created all matter into the form of the present universe. He did this miraculously and without approval or assistance from humans. He created the earth with nothing but the words from his mouth. The creation of the earth happened by God's power.
Note: The earth was completely dark, no light, streets, dirt, or humans; empty.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Genesis 1: 1-2
While studying the entire chapter 1 of Genesis, including the two scriptures mentioned above, one can determine that before God there was absolutely nothing that existed. Scientists and philosophers often conjure up different methods of origins to refute these findings: Nonetheless, according to the word of God, He was the first on the scene.
Please journal and study each word for your online quiz. Lessons will compliment and build onto the next.
Void: Containing no matter; empty
God: The supreme or ultimate reality: The Lord over Christians, Jesus, savior
Spoke: Stated, talk, enunciated, brought out
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee”
Genesis 1:3 And God said, let there be light: and there was light.
After God created the earth, his spirit moved upon the face of the waters. In that one short scripture we discovered that God also spoke the waters into existence. So, all the oceans, rivers, lakes, streams, and rain, comes from God.
Earth was established through God. When you read the following verses, you will learn that God created the stars, moon, sun, and he separated the day from night. You will also read how God created Heaven and the Earth’s fullness.
“And God called the light Day, and the darkness
he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
Genesis 1: 8-9
And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Upon your new findings and clarity of how the world and earth were made, you can celebrate the voice of God. How powerful were his words to create an entire world?! That same voice created more magical things on the earth.
• Study Part 2, Life
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1. Where do humans come from?
2. Are humans and animals part of the same species?
3. Are humans equal to God?
From birth, and the tiny stages of life… the mind of human’s is constantly at war with submission to God, reality, facts, and faith. The ultimate wonder and litigating factor of awe has inspired people to challenge God and seek diverse avenues that wanders away from his authority. Most humans dare to believe that they are the creation of God, in doing so, they will feel inferior or at minimum the need to be grateful or obedient to 'the' higher authority.
Image of God; Human Cognitive
The view of some people is that the image of God refers to uniquely human cognitive abilities. When people talk of the things that “make us human,” they often refer to abilities and concepts, like reason and rationality, language, laughter, and sadness, caring and empathy. In some ways these elements are similar: rarely do one perceive or unravel the significance of who we are and how we were made.
Life didn’t derive upon a seed from our biological dad or the birth from our mothers. Life began when God formed it during the period, he spoke the world into existence. Did you know that he spoke our life into existence, then he began to form humans? His righteousness is the image that he designed Adam and Eve in. Spontaneously, God declared and confirmed it by mouth. There is something about the power of his authentic words.
Life Cycle: The series of changes in the life of an organism including reproduction
Breathe: To draw air into and expel it from the lungs; to take in oxygen and give out
Image: A representation of the external form of a person or thing
It’s important to know where you originate from, for two reasons:
· You will establish your inheritance
· You will know your worth
Once you know the value of your life, you’ll protect it and invest into it. Then you will create a relationship with your creator through gratitude and built desire. Can you name or think of anyone close to you who would desire to cash in on the abundant benefits of life? If so invite them to these mini lessons!
Genesis 1: 26-28
“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.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
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.”
“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.”
And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 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.
Therefore, shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
What we do know from the word of God?
1. Adam and Eve didn’t enter this world as babies; On the contrary, they came as adults
2. There were three miracle births; Adam, Eve, and Jesus: "the normal" life cycle from God was the only other method
3. God breathed natural oxygen and ‘his’ breath of life into Adam and Eve, through their mouth and into their lungs
4. Our life is God’s way and God’s life is ours
5. He is the creator and author of our organs and heartbeat
6. Humans are powerless when it comes to death and life (that is why God commanded us not to worship and serve other humans or false idols)
· God made animals that were in the sea, air, and the land
· God made plants
· God made the first two humans on earth: man and woman
· God formed man from the dirt of the ground and breathed the breath of life into him (special oxygen)
· God made woman from the man by forming her body with dirt, and he took a rib from the man while he was asleep and put it into woman
· God gave the first two humans dominion of all things on earth
This is how humans were created in the beginning of the earth. It was by the powerful and holy mouth, hands, and Spirit of God. There weren’t any scientists, lab rats, monkeys, or human made formulas to sustain any other pathways.
The ‘life cycle’ continued through Adam’s sperm and Eve's egg. Those two elements were mixed, and the DNA would prevail through generations until today. The normal and Godly way was that a man and woman had sex and a baby was developed.
Life started with the word of God and his hands of formation. He is our creator of the universe and our body. He spoke our brain, heart, lungs, and all other parts into existence! As his children we have inherited his grace and mercy. He delights in a relationship with us. He spontaneously declared and confirmed it by mouth. There is something about the power of God’s authentic word.
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God Helped Adam By Putting The Pieces Together!
1.Why did God need to approve his own work?
2. Why didn’t God clothe Adam and Eve?
3. How did God know that everything he made was good, without having something else to compare to?
Compare and Consider
God stated throughout the scriptures that he is the first and the last, the beginning and the end. To understand that there was nothing that existed before him is what we Christians call faith. There was no proof other than the word of God, examples through personal and collective testimonies, what we see, and feel through the Holy Spirit.
God’s approval of his creation that took place in only 6-days wasn’t based on Adam’s or Eve’s approval, psychological, or emotional behavior. Although he had made everything, remember the two humans were able to contaminate or edify any or all of what they touched. He gave the both of them full dominion and a free path to delegate.
At that point they hadn’t complained or refused his authority. They didn’t try to fix the world, Heaven, earth, or their bodies. There is no record of either man or woman contesting the developments of God. It’s so important that we keep in mind that they were formed into full adults and not babies. So, there was room to speak out and complain.
Approval: The feeling of having a positive opinion of someone or something
Completion: The act of finishing something that you are doing or making
Faith: The fuel of the Christian life. Faith is defined as belief with strong conviction
Objective: An objective is something you plan to achieve
Have you ever wondered why God would create and develop the world, which is majestic and deprive himself, to just hand it all over to humans? If so, you are not alone! Humility is greatly an understatement when describing the notoriety of his loving acts.
· God had an objective
· He created the amazing amenities prior to bringing humans on board
· Deontological Ethics were set in place
Deontological: the study of the nature of duty and obligation.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain” Psalm 127:1
“But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations” Psalm 33:11
What we do know from the word of God:
1. Approval was on the table: on the six-day god saw everything that he had made was good.
2. Through independent study you should have read in Genesis chapter 2, that God rested on the 7th day, and he blessed that day for resting purposes.
3. Completion was rendered without fail.
4.1 God created man and woman; however, they were naked and by default Deontological Ethics were set in order because he left them unclothed and it was normal.
4.2 In the year of 2022, it's unheard of because we acknowledge that act to be indecent; therefore, something unknown was bound to occur, which would of changed the future generation's perspective; God has Holy standards.
Many Christians reserve different days for the sabbath. Some state that it’s on a Saturday and others believe it’s on a Sunday! To be frank no one really knows because God never stated the exact day in the bible. One can search the Hebrew language and other resources but will come back to a dead-end street.
Humans have always altered calendars and renamed time through setting clocks. Only God knows the true day and the hour that we breathe and move by! The safest way for any Christian to overcome this strong argument is to work, create, design, and worship God 6-days straight, then rest on their 7th and keep it Holy, according to the word of God!
1. A day of religious observance and abstinence from work, kept by Jewish people from Friday evening to Saturday evening, and by most Christians on Sunday.: "we observe the Sabbath as God has commanded" "sabbath candles" "sabbath law".
2. A supposed annual midnight meeting of witches with the Devil.
Food For Thought:
Also, God didn’t worship or do anything on the sabbath… he rested! So, with this friendly reminder, please do NOT get caught up in the politics and man made drama of who, what, when, where, and why! Stick to the word and you’ ll be safe.
God had an objective and purpose for designing such a majestic world! Surely it was not for self-gratification or destruction. He created humans to give them healthy pleasures that were full of abundance. In doing so, he prepared everything that was needed to give Adam and Eve a life sustaining push!
Often our ancestors, parents, and caretakers create and design a lifestyle and amenities to give us the necessities and great push to accomplish what we need and desire. When they have done their jobs as needed, they review it, look, and approve us to receive it. Maybe you have taken these important steps for your loved one.
In the book of Genesis 2:20, you can read and notate “that Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field;”
As you see God didn’t take pleasure in much other than loving humans and his beast (animals). He strived just for our ancestors, Adam, and Eve, the first humans on earth. In this scripture Eve wasn’t formed just yet, but Adam happily obeyed God in his role as a shepherd, by naming the animals.
Approval was indeed recognized by God and without rejection of Adam. Even the animals were happy and submissive. Nature was in tuned and God’s objective which would later hold the duty of humans were in full swing.
Join us next Wednesday for lesson 4
1. What was the serpent’s position in society?
2. What was taking place when Eve started to communicate with the serpent?
3. Was the garden plenty enough for Eve?
“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.” Genesis 2:8
Eden is the sacred name that God gave his very first garden. The name is Hebrew and when translated, “Eden”, which means “delight” or “pleasure. There are a few things you want to notate and grasp about the Garden of Eden.
1. The garden was planned and planted by God and no one else
2. It contained untarnished variety, with all kinds of trees
3. The garden was a beautiful place because the trees were “pleasing” to the eye
4. Without controversy it was mankind’s first home
5. There was no dehydration because it was naturally well-watered
6. It provided nutrition and nourishment, due to the trees being “good” for food
Hmm... You may wonder why it’s important to learn this particular area of the bible and history. Let me reassure you that the foundation and history will be your foundation to withdraw from God’s continued grace, mercy, forgiveness, and goodness.
The Serpent (Snake) Speaks
Listening to advice often changes our perspective in life; however, if the advice is contrary to the control board it will cause a “major” dysfunction. Unfortunately, the woman took the wrong advice from the right source. First, she stopped moving in the direction that God gave her, second, she focused on a snake that was full of evil and hate for ‘God’ the creator. Third, she began to talk with it and engage. Finally, she told the snake what God commanded of her and Adam.
Genesis 3: 1-3 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? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 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.
1. Eve declared that she had received mandatory instructions to not eat from that certain tree
2. She never stated who gave her the instructions
3. The scripture states that he told Adam not to eat from that tree.
4. Adam obeyed God’s voice
5.1 Many assume that God told Eve, but the same assumption that Adam told Eve can be applied for two major reasons:
5.2 God made Eve from Adam to become his help
5.3 God gave Adam reign over all beast, and the entire Garden of Eden
5.4 The snake took heed to Eve’s space that was given to him, and he continued to give reasoning to Eve's prior instructions
5.5 The snake (serpent) cornered Eve alone, distracted her with confusion, while she was away from Adam and then preyed upon her.
Note: Notice that the snake didn’t deny what God commanded but he craftily twisted the reasoning. Satan never denies the power of God in your life, he distracts you with false pretenses and calamities.
The serpent’s position was to kill, steal, and to destroy relations and trust amongst God and his people. He slithered around the garden as he sought the weakest of the two humans to approach.
Advice: Any level of guidance, instruction, or recommendations offered regarding or surrounding to prudent future action
Listening: Give one's attention to a sound
Evil: Profoundly immoral and wicked
Do you think about how you react when your desires, thoughts, or decisions are validated? Maybe you were intrigued by something and needed to hear someone else agree with or even inspire you to do it. Human nature often leads the heart and mind to seek approval or recommendations from an outside source.
· Eve was interested in the voice of the snake after he began to speak
· She seemed to be curious due to her lagging around the certain tree and allowed time and space to entertain his suggestion
· She also mentioned God because she referenced him and trusted his words
· Take in account that Eve and Adam were firmly instructed not to eat from the certain tree; however, they were not warmed of the serpent’s arrival or his motivation to come. It was simple obedience that was instilled in them from God.
· That act of obedience was set in place to protect them from what would come in the result of their disobedience
Disobedience: Failure or refusal to obey rules or someone in authority:
Curious: Eager to know or learn something:
What we do know from the word of God:
1. In the scripture it states, “Neither give place to the devil.” Ephesians 4:27
2. God provided everything for Adam and Eve as he has continued to do so in our lives today.
3. The serpent spoke and Eve listened: A level of distraction deviated her from her perfect well attended life
4. The serpent (spirit of devil attacks when we least expect it)
Note: Eve was created in the Garden of Eden and then given to Adam
The Garden of Eden was a place where man would meet with God. The Creator “was walking in the garden in the cool of the day and Adam and Eve could be with him and talk with him. Did you know that the Garden of Eden was a place of unity and divine fellowship?
The unity and fellowship enjoyed by the human couple was a major reflection of the unity and fellowship they both encountered with God. The Garden of Eden was a place of work and fulfillment. When God placed Adam in the garden, He gave the man a task: Adam was “to work [the garden] and take care of it. What God had planted; Adam was to maintain. That included the physical and spiritual realm.
The main task was presented in addition to Adam’s mandate, to “be fruitful and increase” in number; fill the earth and subdue it: Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moved on the ground.
· Mankind was blessed by God
· They were given responsibility
· Adam single handedly provided work that was approved by God and meaningful
There were bold instructions taking place in the garden of Eden. The request to disobey God or merely to undermine his authority was set in place. Yet, without fail, the evil spirit was planning his first attack on the mind, heart, and blessings that God had given to mankind.
If you pause and collectively think back to your previous lesson concerning God’s Deontological Ethics, you’ll start to notice his objective and why his duty was falling into place.
Join us for lesson 5, as we discuss the fall of humans!
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1. Whose advice was more important surrounding the forbidden tree?
2. What caught Eve’s eye?
3. Did Eve truly understand the element of “pleasant”?
4. How was Satan (the serpent) able to trick Adam, without directly approaching him?
“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. 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: 5–6
Eve saw that the tree was approved (good) for food. The moment she realized that it was enjoyable and satisfying to her eyes, which would make her wise, she decided to eat!
1. A distraction from Eve’s previous walk in the Lord took place.
2. By taking her physical, spiritual, and emotional eye off of God, she created space for the serpent (devil to discourage her from God’s command)
3. Lust for wisdom above God was instilled in the woman’s heart, mind, and view of life.
4. Disobedience took place and sin had entered the garden due to the lust of the eye, lust of the flesh (fulfilled desire) and the desire for pride (to know more and be more than what God had offered her. Distraction became Satan’s foundation.
Let’s review the previous scriptures in our past independent studies and lessons.
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. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Die: (Of a person, animal, or plant) stop living
Warning: A statement or event that indicates a possible or impending danger, problem, or other unpleasant situation
A major warning took place. God forewarned her in whatever manner that she would die if she was to eat from that particular tree. Death was and still is the most fatal blow in humanity because it ends life.
Some may die quicker than others, which can go from seconds to years during the life cycle time span. Key matters and circumstances will decrease during that time frame, such as:
· Physical Mobility
The choices we make through disobeying God will render the verdict for the rest of our lives. The outcome is attached to our relationships, decisions surrounding alcohol or drugs, careers, and all things that are pleasing to our eyes. When we choose to indulge in any matter outside the word of God, which is his rules and commandments we invite tragedies, calamity, and sin.
The key take away is understanding that Eve beheld her disobedience in her eyes before she committed the sinful act. Why was a simple act of eating fruit from a garden sinful? It doesn’t make sense to the human mind?
Well, the answer to that question is simple, because God "said" so! Humans can define it and twist many reasons for why the fruit was bad, but at the end of everyone’s day, each commandment simply boils down to God’s authority. Of course he doesn’t withhold anything good from his children; nonetheless, we don’t need an explanation from God concerning his commands! Also, he is our creator.
Disobedience: Failure or refusal to obey rules or someone in authority
Lust: Very strong desire biological urge, lechery, lecherousness, lasciviousness, lewdness, carnality, licentiousness, salaciousness, prurience, salacity, concupiscence
Authority: The power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience:
Visual: Relating to seeing or sight
Do you think that Eve would have desired to eat from the forbidden tree, if she knew the significance of her consequences? Be as it may, this question may resemble the same ones that people ask themselves to date. Would we be so quick to choose our fleshly desires over God’s directions?
Simultaneously, his perfect directions, rules, and commandments give us earthly and eternal guidance.
1. Did God forbid Adam and Eve to eat the pleasure of the tree so that he could hide good from them?
2. Did he trick the couple to test their faith?
3. Did God desire to see the first two humans that he formed, fall into sin and tragedy?
Throughout our lessons we will dig deeper into the scriptures concerning God’s blessings and promises in our lives. As you search and study Genesis Chapter 2-3 during your free time, you’ll journal your discoveries.
To give you a head start within your journey of learning the truth about God, let me be clear on these few concepts:
1. God loves you! When there is love there is promise and provision. God’s love isn’t temporary, worldly, or conditional. He does not snatch or remove it gradually for any reason.
2. He is committed and steadfast in his manner concerning your life and soul.
3. If by any chance one does not obtain a relationship with God through salvation and maintain it, the outcome of desolation will not stimulate from the abandonment of God.
4. It will be ignited and produced through the individual’s rejection and disobedience. Furthermore, it is very important that you realize that God will release his grace and mercy from one’s life.
Keep in mind these two motivating and factual scriptures:
For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
What we do know from the word of God?
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.
1. In verse 6, you will learn that Eve gave Adam a piece of the forbidden fruit to eat.
2. He didn’t seek the tree nor fruit on his own.
3. The devil (serpent) didn’t attack Adam straight on, he attacked him through his wife.
4. Satan (the devil) uses other people to attack your spirit, heart, and mind by using different tactics as well.
5. Immediately their eyes were opened on a spiritual level. Obviously, they were able to see prior to eating the forbidden fruit.
6. Due to them being uncovered and their body parts were exposed they made some temporary garments.
“They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart”
When most babies are born into the world they can see–sometimes babies are born blind.
Either way they don’t worry about being unclothed or naked because the imagination of that sacredness isn’t exposed to their spiritual man (soul). That’s why you’ll see toddlers running around their home naked without a care in the world!
Children are not aware of the differences between race, color, or culture, until they are instructed or debriefed. There is no discrepancy because their heart and sight is under the guidance of God—In the same magnitude of the Garden of Eden, the abundance of God’s glory and his prepared perfection.
It isn’t until humans, who are led by the devil, discourage or distract their vision. Then they will begin to seek clothing and hide from others.
At that point the children will gain some form of perception of their surroundings and form their adolescents stance in life. It’s an automatic defense mechanism: as a Trauma Counselor I label it as "juvenile survivor" mode! The “uh oh” switch is flipped and the thought of, “I better cover up my body, eyes, candy and toys” goes into action.
The same took place with the adults in the Garden of Eden. They had to protect and cover up their candies and goodies. Not only were their mind and bodies exposed to each other, the animals, and God but their heart and mind as well.
Food For Thought
There were no other humans on earth to see their unclothed body. That mean they were hiding from God. How often do you hide from God after you mess up? They were out of the will of God and entered into disobedience. No amount of clothing would cover their transgressions.
Eve and Adam established the first breaking point and introduction to disobedience in history. The serpent loves to attack the beginning of all substances, including the lives of the people. He knew that if he could stop their beginning in God then their mind would become enmity (against) the Lord.
Confusion, distraction, and insecurity is the serpents (devil) key roadblocks to stop one developing in their purpose and call from God.
Adam obviously wouldn’t listen to the serpent; therefore, he chose the weakest link that would be subjected to his cunning craft, which was Eve. Although she was weak to the devil’s devices, she was strong enough to persuade her husband to sin against God.
Satan discovered the back door approach, and that was to catch his prey (Adam) with his pants down! If he can attack you through the ones closest to you then his job is done.
Eve was Adam’s Achilles Heel and, on that day, it was a double hitter of mental assassination against two innocent souls.
Happy New Years! Join us in January, 2023 for the next topic.
1. Why did God have to seek and call out for Adam and Eve?
2. What did Satan (Serpent) do after deceiving Eve
3. Did Adam feel that Eve caused him to sin?
4. Was the separation between God and the humans more spiritual or physical?
“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. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?”
When one goes into hiding a sense of fear, discovery, or shame is in the atmosphere. Whether it’s internal or circumstantial the feeling of being exposed becomes unthinkable. Due to Eve and Adam disobeying God under the influence of Satan’s trickery, their spiritual and physical eyes were opened.
The act of hiding from God was due to a few factors:
· New possibilities
How often do we conjure up excitement or fear of the unknown after we experience something forbidden or new? Yet, this experience was far greater than anything we can imagine. Adam and Eve had a unique relationship with God. They were the only humans on earth; therefore, sin wasn’t at large as it is today. We were born into disobedience and sin. Adam and Eve were not!
Our hearts and minds are accustomed to transgressing against God. Responding to iniquity and sin takes less of an effect on our spirit and we aren’t so quick to hide as they were. Surely we feel guilty and tuck our heads low (some of us) but overall we find a way to justify or politely excuse our behaviors.
Let’s review their immediate response:
· They panicked after seeing themselves and each other naked
· They sewed themselves garments to cover their bodies
· They felt embarrassed
· They hid from God
God had to search for them and call them. That had not taken place prior to them disobeying God.
· After the devil managed to deceive the couple, he immediately disappeared—his work was done
· Confusion amongst the couple began to manifest
· Immediately separation between the humans and God took place
· It became cool in the Garden of Eden
Separation: The action or state of moving or being moved apart
Hide: Put or keep out of sight; conceal from the view or notice of others
Vanish: Disappear suddenly and completely
Unclothed: Not wearing clothes; naked; disrobed
As a survivor from Sexual and Physical abuse: in addition to being a Trauma Counselor, I learned a few techniques our enemy uses to induce panic:
If your enemy (Satan) can strip you naked he can put you in a state of shame. Once shame has resonated and executed lethal assaults against your spirit, then comes confusion. Confusion is the key to extracting your peace and the path to deceive or trick you.
“And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 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? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.”
· Adam didn’t lie. He told God exactly why he hid himself (That demonstrates that Satan power has limits)
· God asked him who told him he was naked. Notice be stated, “told"
· Then he asked if he disobeyed him and ate from the tree
· Immediately Adam blamed his wife
· He blamed God as well by insinuating that “he gave him" that woman
Pay close attention to what was taking place. This isn’t just a folktale or a riddle. This is Layers of destruction taking place in a marriage. No, it wasn’t adultery or domestic violence—it was Satan (the serpent) residue of deceit. He had caused mental and emotional separation between husband and wife: along with their God. Then he quickly vanished!
How often do you make a decision out of forbidden choices that causes confusion or separation between you and your loved one? Picture the anguish that was taking place in the Garden.
· God was betrayed and hurt
· Sin entered the camp
· They were hiding and covering up from their Heavenly Father
· The couple felt major tension amongst themselves
· A new world was set in order for the humans
The psychological and emotional effects of disapproval may vary. However, Adam and Eve entered into a new lifestyle because they disobeyed God. One might think, “They only ate the apple". Well, it only takes a light decision or small act to meet the disapproval of God. Eve and Adam collectivity and holistically responded to God’s voice in the midst of their new findings. Nonetheless the deed was done.
Eve told God about the serpent enticing her to eat from the forbidden tree. It’s important to realize that she told God after the fact! She didn’t speak with him during the time he appeared and asked her to sin. On that same note she didn’t tell Adam either. Satan trapped her and got her alone to cause warfare in her mind. He was able to tarnish her in the psychological and emotional realm. It’s important that all children of God tell him their weakness and if someone is bothering them. It’s through prayers and confessions that one will find strength.
God is a God that does not and can not lie! Consequences had to be put in order for their disobedience, yet mercy was applied.
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life. And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
God was saddened by Adam and Eve's act of disobedience which brought forth major consequences that are still in effect today. Nonetheless, it wasn’t the ultimate movement of defeat. Mercy was applied in the midst of punishment.
The Lord kept a loving relationship with his people. Satan slithered his way through the Garden and approached Eve with full confidence. He soon gained her trust and attacked–leaving her with the guile that silently produced desire to deceive her husband and disobey God.
Through that one small act of desire, he was able to destroy the holy bond that was between God and his first chosen people on the earth. It was the root of humanity that the devil sought and it was the beginning he attacked. As he does in our daily lives after he set bait, immediately he vanished when Eve and Adam failed; Moreover, he couldn’t hide from God!
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