THE WAY OF THE TREE OF LIFE
(Gen 2:9) And out of the ground made the LORD God to
grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food;
the tree of life [typifying Jesus Christ] also in the midst of
the garden [Heb: (as fenced) /// to hedge about, defend], and
the tree of knowledge of good and evil [typifying Lucifer-Satan].
(Gen 2:15-17) And the LORD God took the man, and
put him into the garden of Eden [Heb: pleasure: delight] to
dress it [Heb: serve: worship] and to keep it [Heb:
guard, protect: watch]. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of
every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree
of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it:
for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
(Gen 3:1-5) Now the serpent was more
subtle [Heb: cunning (usually in a bad sense):--crafty] 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. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely
die: 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 [but unlike gods, still not perceiving the difference between
good and evil].
(Gen 3:6,7) 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 [up to that time, Adam had not been given authority over woman].
And the [natural] eyes of them both were opened [and their
spiritual eyes were closed], and they knew that they were naked;
and they sewed fig leaves together [foreshadowing Cain’s incorrect
vegetable offering], and made themselves aprons.
aprons = Heb: a belt (for the waist):--apron, armor /// to gird on
(as a belt, armor, etc.):--be able to put on, be afraid, appointed, gird,
restrain, X on every side.
(Gen 3:8-13) 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? 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. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou
hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me
[Heb: to lead astray, i.e. (mentally) to delude, or (morally) to
seduce:--beguile, deceive, X greatly, X utterly], and I did eat.
(Gen 3:14,15) 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 [Heb: hostility: hatred] between thee and the woman,
and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou
shalt bruise his heel.
(Gen 3:16) Unto the woman he said, I will
greatly multiply thy sorrow [Heb: labor or pain] and thy
conception [Heb: pregnancy]; in sorrow thou shalt bring
forth children; and thy desire [Heb: in the orig. sense of
stretching out after; a longing for /// to run after] shall be to thy
husband, and he shall rule over thee [Adam is herein given
authority over woman].
(Gen 3:17-21) And unto Adam he said, Because thou
hast hearkened [Heb: listened obediently] unto the voice of
thy wife [thereby esteeming her authority greater than God’s],
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 [Heb: labor: pain] shalt thou eat of it all the days of
thy life; Thorns also and thistles [“among thorns” Mat 13:7
(demons, fallen angels, unclean spirits)] shall it bring forth to
thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy
face [perspiration from physical work] 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. And Adam called his wife's name
Eve [i.e., this is the first time Adam exercised any authority over
the woman]; because she was the mother of all living. Unto Adam
also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins
[foreshadowing Able’s bloody offering; the coverings of innocent animals
meant to foreshadow the atoning blood covering of the Lamb of God, Jesus
Christ], and clothed them.
(Gen 3:22-24) And the LORD God said, Behold, the
man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put
forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat,
and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth
from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So
he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden
Cherubims, and a flaming sword [“the sword of the Spirit, which is
the word of God” Eph 6:17] which turned every way, to keep
[Heb: guard: protect] the way of the tree of life.