In The Beginning God – Part 5 — From Glory to Leaves
So creation was completed. And God communed with Adam and Adam could find no compatible mate for himself, so God created Eve from the rib of Adam and Adam called her woman and named her Eve.
“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 a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2:23-24
From this union the relationship of a man and a woman in life partnership as one flesh was established. Later, in Ephesians 5, we learn that this was a picture of what would be the relationship of Christ and the Church [Ephesians 5:32]
“And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” Genesis 2:25
They were naked and unashamed because their nakedness was clothed in the purity of the glory of God. They were not naked as fallen sinful man is today. The shame of man’s nakedness is that he is clothed in sin. There was no need for clothes for Adam and Eve at creation because there was no sin to make them ashamed.
It is also noteworthy that contrary to modern day PC speech and anti-God rhetoric that attempts to redefine the identity and roles of men and women in relationship to one another in marriage, God called them man and his wife. Indicating that they were different beings and that Eve was particularly and uniquely related to the man as his wife. Later he will be referred to as her husband, each being the mutual possession of one another.
Now, when God set them in the Garden of Eden he gave them free reign over everything He had created, with one exception. They were not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, because in the day they eat of it they would surely die.
“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17
We all know what happened then. We don’t know how soon after God gave them the prohibition that they were seduced into doing it despite His warning but ultimately the deceiver came on the scene.
“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’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 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.’ ” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 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.” Genesis 3:1-5
What makes this so tragic, among a host of things, is that Adam and Eve were both far superior creations to this lowly serpent. They had the ability to reason. Their minds were created with the same capacity for making righteous choices as God, Himself. So, why were they deceived into disobeying? To understand this we have to look to James 1
“But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death." James 1:14-15
Consider what took place in Eve’s exchange with the serpent. Remember also Adam was with her the whole time this was going on so he shared equally, indeed even more so, in the transgression than Eve.
“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.” Genesis 3:6
She used her God given gift of reason to serve her lust for the one thing she thought she did not have all the while using that very thing which had now become poison to her, to bring about her death. Then she gave some of the poison to Adam and he ate it.
“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.” Genesis 3:7
When sin entered, shame was it’s first manifestation. “Their eyes were opened” only means that they were, for the first time, without the glory of God and they saw death and themselves exposed to it with all its shame and inadequacies, with all its vulnerability and darkness, with everything they once had suddenly taken from them and fear stepped in to replace it.
The whole of creation was made subject to death now because they were its masters. So they grabbed some leaves to cover themselves.
The utter horror of it cannot be fully expressed.
But thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ, God had a plan that would ultimately restore them and us.
(Coming in part 5)