Over the years, we have heard it taught that an Apple or an Apricot was responsible for the fall of mankind. We were told of how Adam went out (probably to work), then the snake came to Eve and gave her the Apple which she ate and then kept some for Adam, which he ate when he returned. But then, is that what the Bible teaches us regarding the fall of man?
To properly begin, we must ask certain questions such as:
- Why would blood be required for the remission of sins (Hebrews 9:22 )
- Why must it be the blood of God (if we agree from the previous chapter that Jesus is God) for the remission of sins ( Matthew 26:28 )
- Why did Adam and Eve sew fig leaves to cover their nakedness ( Genesis 3:7 ) instead of their mouths?
- Why did God curse the female sexual organ and greatly multiply the Woman’s conception ( Genesis 3:10 )
- Why are we sinners (even from birth) and why must we be born again ( John3:3 )
- Why was “The Woman” called “Mother of all Living” by Adam (Genesis 3:20) yet Adam wasn’t addressed as “Father of all Living”.
- Why was Enoch called the seventh from Adam ( Jude:14 )
- Was Adam that wicked one (1 John 3:12 )?
- Before the fall, if the serpent was a snake as we know snake to be today, what is the need for him to be yet cursed into a snake ( Genesis 3: 14-15 )
- What fruit is it that can open your eyes ( Genesis 3:7 )
To answer all these, we must understand certain bible terminologies which include Tree, Garden, Midst, Eat, Fruit .
The Trees And The Commandment
8 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.—Genesis 2:8-9; 16-17
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 also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 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.
If every tree was made good for food, why would God command Adam not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? This is a pointer therefore that the tree of knowledge of good and evil, as well as the tree of life, were not literal (natural) trees. As a matter of fact, they did not grow out of the ground ( Genesis 2:9b ).
The word “tree” in the bible is used to symbolize different things, amongst the list of things it symbolizes are few prominent ones
- Nation ( Luke 21:29 )
- Man ( Psalms 1:3 ; Mark 8:24 )
- King ( Daniel 4: 10,12 )
- Wisdom ( Proverbs 3:18 )
Clearly, in Genesis 2:9 , there were two groups of trees, the ones that grew out of the ground (natural trees) and the ones in the midst of the garden. Therefore, not all trees in scriptures refers to mango, pawpaw etc.
The word “garden” in the bible also symbolizes different things.
- Soul ( Jeremiah 31:12 )
- Shrine or Place of sacrifice ( Isaiah 65:3 )
- The Human Body; Man or Woman ( Songs of Solomon 4:12 ; Songs of Solomon 5:1 ; Songs of Solomon 6:2 )
- Tabernacle ( Lamentations 2:6 ).
The basic meaning of “garden” is any place where a seed can be sown or planted . The Garden of Eden is indeed literal, but the garden mentioned in Genesis 2:9b is not.
Midst Of The Garden
The word “midst” refers to the (bisection) of the garden, pointing to a specific location in the garden. The two trees in the midst of the garden are two laws which pertain to the midst of the human body (organ of reproduction). These two laws governed reproduction and were operational in their BODY. The tree of life was the coming together at God’s time, solely for bringing forth children and not for pleasure while the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was the coming together under pleasure. God permitted pleasure after the fall. The tree of life is the law of life that brings life while the tree of knowledge of good and evil is the law of perverted knowledge which brings death ( Romans 8:1-2 ). Remember, God, spoke in Genesis 1:11-12 that every living thing was to bring forth after his kind (the law of reproduction).
The word “eat” in the Bible is beyond consuming food with the mouth. “To eat” means “to partake”. Even today, when an unconverted boy lays a girl, he comes out and says “I don chop am” (vernacular: “for I have eaten her“).
Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.—Proverb 30:20
Other places where the word “eat” is used not in a literal sense are
- Psalms 127:2 which speaks of working hard or sorrowing, stressing yourself to get a living
- Proverbs 1: 31 which speaks of people bearing the consequences of their own way
- Jeremiah 15: 16 which speaks of studying thoroughly, receiving and understanding the word of God
Also, read Hosea 10: 13 and John 6: 56 .
This does not always refer to mango, banana, palm fruit, etc. According to Scriptures, the word “fruit” can be used literally or symbolically.
- Fruit of the ground ( Deuteronomy 28:4 )
- Fruit of the body ( Deuteronomy 28:4 )
- Fruit of the womb ( Psalms 127:3 ; Luke 1:42 )
- Fruit of mouth ( Proverbs 18:20 ; Proverbs 13:2 )
Since the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was not literal, the fruit could not have been literal.
Who Was The Serpent?
1 Now the serpent was more subtil 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?Genesis 3:1-5
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 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.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 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.
To understand who or what the serpent was, we must look at his characteristics. Was he a snake before the fall as people have assumed? Why did it start crawling after the curse, after he facilitated the fall? ( Genesis 3:14 ).
The Hebrew word translated “serpent” is “nachash” which means “To observe attentively, to divine (divinity) or use enchantment (spell)”. In one place, it means filthiness or fornication ( Ezekiel 16:30 )
The word “subtle” means wise, cunning, prudent.
We can see that the serpent possesses the following characteristics
- He was the head of all animals for wisdom and understanding ( Genesis 3:1 )
- He was upright or walked erect ( Genesis 3:14 )
- He had the power of speech ( Genesis 3:1 )
- He had the power of reasoning ( Genesis 3:4-5 )
From the above, the serpent was clearly not a snake, and if he existed this day, he’d be able to talk. Scripture is also clear that he had this power of speech not because the devil possessed him, as it was the serpent that beguiled the woman and not Satan ( Genesis 3:13-14 ). Apostle Paul used the same word when addressing the Corinthians Church ( 2 Corinthians 11:3 ). If the devil possessed the serpent and he started talking that fateful day, then he would have lost his plot because Eve would be startled and immediately look for Adam to tell him that the animals have started talking.
The serpent looked very much like Adam, he was created to be the servant of Adam ( Genesis 2:5 ; Genesis 3:17-19 ); Adam, before the fall was not tilling the ground because he was lord of the Earth. The serpent, however, was not created in the image and likeness of God and had no spiritual soul. Consider this, what happens when a male in the primate family e.g. chimpanzee sees a mature female woman? Even Hollywood made a movie portraying a gorilla who likes a female human. Yet so-called Christians, can’t see the subtle message being passed.
Putting The Pieces
The woman was given to Adam to reproduce himself. They were to come together at the appointed time and season of life ( Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ) to eat (partake) of the fruit of the tree of life which was in the midst of the garden in order to bring forth children of God with eternal life. We must understand that it wasn’t the day the serpent first came that the woman fell, it must have spanned a period and the more he came around and conversed with the woman, the more he had her spellbound for that fateful day. Did not Apostle James tell us the process of sin, when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin ( James 1:14-15 ). If that is the strategy that was used on the Woman, then don’t expect a different strategy from the devil in your hour of temptation. Just look at the characteristics of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
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.—Genesis 3:6
This touches the lust Apostle Peter spoke of in 2 Peter 1:4 and that which Apostle John spoke of namely the lust of the flesh (good for food), the lust of the eyes (pleasant to the eyes) and the pride of life (desired to make one wise) ( 1 John 3:16 )
Instead of eating of the tree of life in the midst of the garden at the appointed time, the Woman ate with the Serpent and her wisdom about Sex was explored and exposed; then by that wisdom, she persuaded and pushed her husband till he also ate with her.
One might say, but the Bible says, the Woman ate, then she gave her husband with her and he ate too. They try to emphasize that Adam was with her all through the period of the temptation, but we must let the Bible speak for itself.
And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.—1 Timothy 2:14
Apostle Paul clearly tells us that Adam was not in the transgression, he wasn’t deceived. Adam couldn’t be deceived. If he was there present, the serpent could not have tried anything. Adam knowing fully what had happened between the serpent and the woman, came in to intercede (redeem) his wife. He had to identify with her in her sin and join himself to Eve. Remember, he hearkened unto the voice of his wife ( Genesis 3:17 ). Before Adam could know his wife, the serpent already knew her and she was found with child. This was exactly what God did when he wanted to bring in Jesus into the world, a virgin was also found with a child. The woman (Eve) committed spiritual fornication first before the actual physical act. She omitted a portion of God’s word, added to God’s word and changed a portion of what God had said ( Genesis 3:2-3 ; Genesis 2:16-17 ) which resulted in the physical act. She didn’t even know she was being deceived, she was lusting for knowledge by what the serpent had made her understand and she ended up fornicating with the serpent. Adam returned and he quickly understood from the woman’s behavior what had transpired, he quickly identified with her in her sin. Is this not true of our Adam, the last Adam, who identified with us in our sins and died for us. The just dying for the unjust ( 1 Peter 3:18 ). Indeed it was by the first Adam disobedience ( Romans 5:19 ) in that he identified with his bride to redeem her that sin reigns to every one born of the natural birth. Christ also, while we were yet sinners, died for us ( Romans 5:6, 8 ). This was how Adam and Eve ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.—Genesis 3:7
Why didn’t they cover their mouth but the reproductive organs which are the guilty part? If indeed there is any fruit that can open one’s eye to realize they are naked, I’d gladly cultivate it so that it will be given to the indecent men and women in the streets, beaches and swimming pools. Consider this, there is something about sex, that makes a young person feels as he has arrived.
The Woman’s Curse
Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.—Genesis 3:16
The first part of the punishment clearly reveals that the guilty member of the body was the sexual organ and God being a just God mete out righteous judgment. Once again if they ate a literal fruit, why didn’t God just curse their mouths? Originally, women were not supposed to ovulate twelve times a year. This was a result of the fall. The second part is a pointer to the fact that the woman’s desire was not 100 percent to her husband or that it was elsewhere with the serpent. Some may ask, why was Adam’s reproductive organ not cursed? Well, he knowingly, joined Eve in her sin.
Eve—Mother Of All Living
And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.—Genesis 3:20
This is a powerful statement, yet many overlook it. After the punishments and everything, Adam being a prophet, knowing what had happened, quickly named his wife Eve, meaning mother of all living. Why didn’t he name her the day God brought her to him? Wasn’t he the one that named all the animals? Why wasn’t Adam called the father of all living?
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,—Jude 1:14
Read up the genealogies of Adam (Genesis 5) and that of Cain (Genesis 4). Why did they have separate genealogies? Also, if Enoch is the seventh from Adam, that means Cain is not a son of Adam. Genesis 5:3 tells us that Adam had a son in his own image and likeness and called his name Seth. Cain was a product of fornication between the serpent and the woman.