Wednesday, December 13, 2017

.THE MYTH OF GENESIS BROUGHT TO THE FORE: DID GOD SAY TO EVE, ‘YOU SHALL NOT EAT OF ANY TREE OF THE GARDEN?” Or did Adam Tell Eve That She Was Not To Eat Of The Tree Of The Knowledge Of Good And Evil? From what the Bible states, God did tell Adam not to of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

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Happy Riches answers request by Jamar Grimsley

When people ask for someone to explain why a historical figure did something, and the person did not know the historical figure, one wonders whether the questioner is expecting a lie. It is nigh impossible to explain why everybody living does what they do, let alone someone who has been dead for over five thousand years.

While I do not know why Eve, when speaking of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, also said “neither shall you touch it, lest you die.” But the inclusion of this prohibition suggests that the possibility of touching the tree may have been discussed, and indicates that curiosity had been aroused as to why they were not to eat from the tree. Seems like Eve was fertile ground to sow the seed of doubt and deceit.
  • Now the serpent was more subtle than any other wild creature that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” (Genesis 3:1-3)
  • The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 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 die.”(Genesis 2:15-17)
An interesting parallel is found when Moses was instructed to speak to the rock, but he touched it with the rod when he struck it.
  • The Lord said to Moses, “Take the rod, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to yield its water; so you shall bring water out of the rock for them; so you shall give drink to the congregation and their cattle.” And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him. (Numbers 20:7–9)
  • And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his rod twice; and water came forth abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their cattle. And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe in me, to sanctify me in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” (Numbers 20:11-12)
Evidently having faith in God means believing that He will keep His Word. Humans tend towards faithlessness. Unfortunately, being faithful all the time is difficult for humans to grasp. But God is faithful, all the time. There is an inheritance available for all who claim it now. The judgment that comes upon those who fail to claim their eternal inheritance is their own doing. Just as Moses struck what he was not ordered to do and Eve ate what was prohibited, so, too, people will be held accountable for every careless word spoken. (Romans 3:19 Matthew 12:36)

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