THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL
the LORD God took the man [Adam], and
put him into the garden [Heb:
garden (as fenced)] of
THE SERPENT AND THE WOMAN
(Gen 3:1-5) Now the serpent [Heb: snake (from its hiss)] was more subtil [Heb: cunning (usually in a bad sense): crafty] than any beast of the field which the LORD [Heb: Jehovah] 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 [“the tree of knowledge of good and evil” Gen 2:9], 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 [a mingled and thus an evil concoction].
THE WOMAN AND THE MAN
(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. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew [Heb: understood] that they were naked [nude, exposed, uncovered]; and they sewed [works] fig leaves together, and made [works] themselves aprons.
POINTING THE ACCUSATORY FINGER OF SATAN (Gk: the accuser, devil)
(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 [people are symbolized as trees in the Bible, e.g., Psa 1:3]. 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 [pointing his finger and thus blaming] [1,2,3], 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 [pointing her finger and thus blaming], The serpent beguiled me [Heb: to lead astray, delude, seduce: deceive, 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 [i.e., the Body of Christ] 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: worrisomeness; labour or pain] and thy conception [Heb: pregnancy]; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire [Heb: in the sense of stretching out after: longing /// overflow] shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule [Heb: have dominion: govern, reign, have power] over thee.
(Gen 3:17-19) And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened [Heb: listened (with the implication of obedience)] unto the voice of thy wife [over obeying My voice], 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: worrisomeness; labour or pain] 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 [i.e., grass, rye, wheat, etc.] of the field [originally, we were vegetarians (until immediately after the flood: Gen 9:1-3)]; In the sweat [Heb: perspiration] of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art [God to the serpent: “dust shalt thou eat” Gen 3:14], and unto dust shalt thou return.
(Gen 3:20-24) And Adam called his wife's name Eve [Heb: lifegiver]; because she was the mother of all living. Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins [the institution of blood sacrifice for a covering rather than “fig leaves” Gen 3:7], and clothed them. 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 [in that defiled state of mingled good and evil]: 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 [angels], and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep [Heb: hedge about, guard, protect] the way [Heb: road] of the tree of life.