• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

It was Her, It was Him - In The Beginning God – Part 6


“And they heard the sound 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 among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Genesis 3:8-13

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

The opening of this passage almost sounds like the directions from a movie script, “they heard the sound of God walking…?”

Since we know that the WORD did not become flesh until Jesus was born, how is it that God, Who is Spirit, would manifest audible footsteps in the Garden? In the Garden of Eden God was manifested in the form that man could best relate to Him. But, more significantly man was created in God’s image and after His likeness. God created man to commune one to one with Him. Man up to the moment prior to their disobedience was as big as God in the Garden and shared a like Spirit and glory with Him.

Suddenly, in their state of disobedience, God’s presence was fearful to them. They were hearing the sound of God’s Spirit speaking and moving around them, but for the first time the sound of God’s presence, like their nakedness was something that only made them afraid, most likely because at that moment they remembered that He had said they would die if they ate from the tree of the knowledge of Good and evil, so they were afraid He was coming to kill them. What they didn’t realize was they had consumed the mode of their death the moment they disobeyed. So, when they heard God they hid themselves among the trees. They turned to vegetation that just moments before they lorded over, tending and keeping it. Now they sought to hide in it for their protection from God. How incredible is that irony?

Nakedness, shame and fear were born in the heart of man for the first time. But there was even more bad news to come.

The Lord called, Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” Obviously, this question was not God inquiring in order to discover something He didn’t already know. He knew where Adam was, but Adam had to acknowledge where he was, how far he had fallen from his place of exaltation and dominion to covering themselves with leaves, hiding behind trees ashamed to face God as he had been doing everyday from the day he was created.

Adam answers God, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

So God asks, yet another question He already knew the answer to,

“Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” Genesis 3:11

Until this moment Adam had never spoken with God from a perspective of fear. All he had known of God before was His love and the excellence of His created world in all its glory and splendor, and all of it was his to command.

But the blame cycle begins. First, Adam blames God and Eve. “You gave me this woman and she gave me the fruit and I ate it.”

God said to Eve, “What have you done?” So, she blames the serpent because he deceived her. Notwithstanding she was the serpent’s master.

There were more than enough accusations to go around. The only one not guilty was God, even though Adam tried to implicate Him in the offense.

The serpent did deceive Eve but she and Adam were drawn away by their own lusts and enticed. Her reason dismissed and ignored God’s warning. Her “higher education“ from the serpent just played into the distrust of God already in their hearts. They wanted to eat of the tree because Eve considered it the means of getting something more, a means of being like God. And that was the deceit of the devil to convince her that she was missing something that God was holding out on them, that His prohibition was just to keep them subservient to God but if they just followed the serpent's words they would have it all.

“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…” Genesis 3:6

There is no wisdom greater than the wisdom that comes from above. Academic pursuit is good but its sources are “rarely, if ever, God. It relies too often on the wisdom of men. This wisdom God calls earthy, sensual and devilish. But the wisdom from above is pure, full of good fruits and without hypocrisy.

“But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” James 3:14-16

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17

The devil stills uses the world as his foil to seduce men to believe that Godly wisdom is foolishness and worldly wisdom is superior to all others, including God's. But foolishness rests solely with man and that leads only to death.

“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 16:25

So what is the conclusion of this? The same temptations that man (Adam and Eve) dealt with from the beginning are the same temptations the devil throws at us today. If he can get us to believe that the things of God are not relevant to our “real” lives, if he can get us to doubt God’s love for us, if he can get us to look to the world or to science, psychology, psychiatry, technology, academics or medicine alone as higher knowledge and higher truth than the Word of God, or anything other than the truth of God’s Word as the final authority in our lives, he can seduce us to sin and disobedience that leads to death. Nothing is wrong with academic pursuit, in fact, it can be a life enriching and productive means of gaining and developing God given gifts and skills, but when it seeks to ascend above the truth of God's Word and redefine creation then it is a pathway to destruction of the human soul and death.

Could Adam have stepped into the conversation with Eve and the serpent and said, “No. God has said if we eat of this tree we will die. We don’t need anything from you. If we need more from God we’ll talk to Him about it, not you. That settles it. Get out of here!”? Yes, he could have, but he didn't.

Could Eve have looked at the fruit and said, “Yes, it looks good, smells good, and might be good for food, but God has said if we eat it we will die, so no thank you. This conversation is over!” Yes, she could have, but she didn't.

Yes. They could have responded to the serpent with God’s Words and defeated him forever in that single moment. Jesus proved it when He faced the same temptations in the wilderness, when he had fasted for 40 days and nights and the devil came to tempt Him to disobey God. He disarmed that liar with the Word of God. He chose what God had said and rejected what the tempter was peddling. [See Luke 4:1-14]

Yes. In Adam we were all sold into sin because of his disobedience, but now in Jesus Christ we have been restored to righteousness, being born again not of corruptible seed but of incorruptible by the will of God. [1 Peter 1:23]

“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” Romans 5:19

We have been restored to the dominion Adam lost. The devil is now under our feet and he has no claim on our lives. That liar has been defeated through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, our Lord, Who is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world.

Here is the key.

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

We have a spiritual nuclear weapon against the tempter. We have the power to resist and we do resist by the WORD of God spoken out of our mouths in faith motivated by the love of God for us and the love for God that we have in our hearts. And that love is being shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. [Romans 5:5]

When we chose to resist the devil we glorify God in our righteous choices as much as in our songs of worship. When the Word of God in us has the supreme rule over our lives then we are living dynamos of God’s will and purpose being realized in and through our thoughts, our words and our actions.

To God be the glory!!

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