Chapter 3 of the book, "The Two Creations" by lloyd Palmer
CHAPTER 3 The "Fall"
This chapter has caused more controversy and spawned more false doctrines than any chapter in the Bible; the main reason being that people without the Spirit of God try to justify their own sin by the introduction of a concocted "fallen angel" whom they claim, came in the form of a serpent in this chapter. Rather than denouncing this ungodly doctrine out-of-hand, I'll let the Word of God do it. We'll study and investigate the meaning according to the will of God.
Gen. 3:1.Now the serpent was more subtil [cunning] than any beast of the field which the Lord [Yahovah] God had made. And he said unto the woman.
Four things are sure here:
1. The serpent (nachash) was a snake. Not a man, or "fallen angel."
2. It was subtil. (From the primary root aram) meaning: smoothness.
3. Yahovah God created it.
4. The snake (it appears) was given the power to speak!
Now if the Lord (Yahovah) God created the snake, is it not also true that the Lord God gave the snake the ability to speak? I believe that I can prove to you that it was completely within the providence of Yahovah God that the snake was used to test the woman to see if she would obey or not. To confirm this, let's jump ahead in the Bible and cite some other examples of how the Lord tested others as to their obedience.
In Genesis 22, it's recorded that God tested Abraham's obedience in offering Isaac for a burnt offering. Abraham didn't waver. And because he fully intended to obey God, the angel of the Lord said, "Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou has not withheld thy son, thine only son from me" (Gen 22:12). As we know, because of this and other faithful acts by Abraham, he became the patriarch of the children of Israel.
In Exodus 16:4, we read: "Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day that I may prove [test] them, whether they will walk in my law, or no."
And as a third witness, I offer Judges 2:21-22: "I [God] also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died: That through them [the Canaanites] I may prove [test] Israel whether they will keep the way of the Lord to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not."
So we can see that God through third parties, tests his people in many different ways to see if they will obey him or not.
Since the only command given to Adam and his wife was to not eat of the Tree of knowledge, we can see that this was the precedent in MANY testings that have happened down through the centuries to God's people. And if you're a descendant of Adam you are held responsible for your actions, as it is this day.
Now let's proceed with this very enlightening chapter. The woman answered the serpent in verses 2 and 3, in such a way as to say that she had been instructed (no doubt by Adam) as to what the Lord's command was concerning the different trees. The serpent then, as the apparent third party tester, had to try to persuade the woman that what the Lord had said may not be entirely correct. The serpent said, "Ye shall not surely die" (Eve thinking immediately). Which of course, was correct - but it was a total perversion of the truth of what the Lord had said. For the Lord had meant that they would surely die within the time frame of one day, that being 1000 years (2 Pe. 3:8). The serpent then (it would appear) appealed to the woman's reasoning power by telling her a truth:
.For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof [tree of knowledge], then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. v:5.
And so the woman submitted to her desire to be as a god, and to be wise, and did eat and even persuaded Adam to eat. And indeed their eyes were opened, (verse 7) but their wisdom also brought upon them a conscience, and the knowledge that they had broken the Lord's law.
To get a better understanding of what tempted the woman and consequently Adam, we must look ahead to Jesus, for he is called the second Adam.
Hebrews 4:15 will set the stage for us:
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Yes indeed, it was Yahovah's order that Jesus must be tempted in the flesh to seal his obedience. Only if Jesus overcame the lusts of his own fleshly body could he be considered "a Lamb without spot or blemish" to be offered as an eternal sacrifice to redeem them that were under the law (Gal. 4:4-5). The flesh is the weak link that must be overcome. Before Jesus could begin his vicarious mission he would have to overcome his fleshly desires to do his own will.
Perhaps you recall what Jesus told Peter in Matt. 26:41:
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Jesus began his mission when he was about thirty years old (Lu. 3:23). He was baptized (anointed) by John the Baptist (Matt. 3:13-17). Having been anointed with the Holy spirit, the Spirit led him into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil (diabolos) (Matt. 4:1).
To prove that this "devil" (diabolos) was nothing more that Christ's own flesh tempting him to do his own will, instead of the Fathers will, we must read on. But first let's look up this word "devil" in the Greek Concordance, and see if our English translators had a choice of words to choose from. Devil (diabolos) meaning: false accuser, devil, or slanderer. Now let's see the application.
And when he [Jesus] had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
The word "tempter," by the way, comes from the Greek word peirazo meaning: test, scrutinize, entice, to assay, examine, prove, tempt. Now if you had not eaten for 40 days and 40 nights would you be hungry? And if you had been elevated to the position of being the anointed Son of God would this not tempt you to succumb to turning the stones in the wilderness into bread? Indeed. A very tempting solution to His hunger.
Two more attempts by the misnamed "devil" are recorded in Matthew 4. Each time Jesus rebuked the temptation with the written Word of God. Assuming this assessment is correct, we then can explain also what satan is. For in rebuking his temptation to exalt himself as ruler over the world in verses 8-10, Jesus calls his nemesis satan. After overcoming these temptations, and, in effect, rebuking the fleshly desire to do his own will, Jesus was ready to begin his mission of doing the will of the Father and preaching the gospel of the Kingdom. To further strengthen this case let me quote a few Bible verses for you.
If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me: of whom ye say, that he is your God:
When Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane, heavy-laden with sorrow, to the point that he sweat great drops of blood, he could have run from this fate. Instead, he prayed.
O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Receiving no apparent answer, he asks again.
.O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
Knowing now his fate was sealed, he endured the pain of the flesh, and submitted himself to the will of the Father.
After reading the recorded account of Jesus temptation in the flesh, it may be the right time to go back and assess the temptation of the Garden of Eden. Could it be that Eve's flesh and the thoughts of her mind were the voice she thought came from the serpent? We all have that "little voice" within us. It's called reasoning power. Reasoning power is derived from memory.
If Eve had the memory to remember what the Lord had commanded concerning the Tree of knowledge (reread vs. 2-3), she also would have reasoning ability. Before we continue I should point out that the English word "serpent" here in chapter 3, comes from the primary root word in the Hebrew called nachash it means: to hiss, cast a spell, enchant, or diligently observe. Well, now we're getting someplace!
Eve then, seeing the serpent, perhaps slithering on the tree of knowledge, with its tongue flickering - as snakes are known to do - was beguiled in her mind that the serpent actually spoke to her. Jumping ahead to verse 13 of the chapter, we read that she never told the Lord the serpent spoke to her. NO! Only that it beguiled her. I'm going to explain this word beguiled a little later in this study, so bear with me. But right now I want to quote you a truth James wrote which has its application right here in Eden:
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Mark this well, my friend. For here James said every man (including woman) is drawn away into sin by his own lust. If there was a "devil" or "Satan" that was responsible, don't you think James would have qualified his statement?
If the witness of James isn't enough for you, how about this statement from Jesus:
.Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:
There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.
If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable.
And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him;
Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?
And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thought, adulteries, fornications, murders,
Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, and evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
If all these evil things proceed from the heart of man, that doesn't leave too much for the "devil" to do, does it?
Paul said it aright also in Romans 8:7:
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
It, of course, is within God's purpose to have it written in his Holy Book that these serpents and devils spoke to them. It is done on purpose just like in Christ's parables. Remember what Jesus told the disciples when they asked him why he taught in parables? Read his shocking answer in Matt. 13:10-17. It's a real eye-opener.
God's Spirit also leads me to believe that the Lord knew the carnal nature of man would never permit him to admit that he was his own worst enemy. Therefore, the Lord "accommodated" carnal man with a scapegoat, i.e., the serpent. If you'll read Leviticus 16, you'll see that the Lord even allowed the use of a scapegoat to carry the sins of the people away into the wilderness. Now we know from all accounts in the Bible that the shedding of blood is the only way that sins can be remitted (Heb. 9:22). Where does the "scapegoat" come into the equation? Well, there can be only one answer, and I believe it's found in your Dictionary - of all places!
Scapegoat: A person, group, or thing [serpent?] upon whom the blame for the mistakes or crimes of others is thrust.
What was the serpent? Yes, it was nothing more than the Garden of Eden scapegoat.
Now on with Genesis 3:7. Adam and his wife, now with full knowledge of what they had done, realized their nakedness. They then sewed fig leaf aprons for themselves, and hid from the Lord. Yahovah God soon discovered that Adam was hiding in the garden and called out to him. Adam gave the reason for hiding as his nakedness, which, of course, tipped his hand to the transgression. Then Adam shows his carnality by blaming the woman. The woman in turn blamed the serpent. But the serpent had no one to blame, because it was now a dumb creature, and always was! And because the serpent had received the blame as the conduit for the "fall," (the scapegoat) it received the least punishment, that is, to the extent that it should go on its belly and eat dust from then on. And the Lord God decreed that enmity would exist between the woman's seed and the serpent's seed. In other words, white women would be afraid of snakes and vice versa. But there was a prophetic meaning also in this. The prophecy was that two different spiritual seed lines would flow from this enmity. One would follow the lie and carnal lusts. And the other would seek after righteousness. The last part of the prophecy was: "it shall bruise they head, and thou shall bruise his heel." This means that the serpent was to be "symbolic" of the lie that persuaded the woman to introduce death to mortal mankind. In other words, symbolically speaking, throughout the rest of the Bible, the serpent would represent the lie that introduced sin, the wages of that sin being death and the grave (Romans 6:23). This is also the first promise of the Savior, who as we know, "bruised the head of death and the grave," (the symbolic serpent) by his resurrection. The "serpent," on the other hand, did bruise Christ's heel on the cross. Of course, we know it was a short-lived victory for death and the grave, i.e., the "serpent."
Now unto the woman the Lord (Yahovah) said,
I will greatly multiply thy sorrow [labor] and thy conception; in sorrow [labor] thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. v:16
Notice here that the woman apparently didn't have desire before the transgression! And how true it is, as far as childbirth is concerned. The women who rebel at their husbands' ruling over them are reminded here that this is what the Lord decreed. The apostle Paul expanded on this matter in 1 Tim. 2:10-15.
Adam in turn was punished for harking unto the voice of his wife. The Lord cursed the ground for his sake. And told him he would then have to toil for his sustenance, no doubt fulfilling Yahovah's statement that there should be a man to till the ground (Gen. 2:5).
Before we move on, it would be pertinent here to point out that the "fall" of man was expedient to the Lord (Yahovah) God's plan to see to it that the earth was inhabited with Adamites. For, as we read in other parts of the Bible, this was indeed the plan.
For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens;
God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited; I am the Lord; and there is none else.
As we all know, intercourse is the necessary act of bringing forth children. But it's also one of the "lusts of the flesh." From what I gather in the Bible, if Adam and Eve had maintained their obedience it is very likely that "Adamites" wouldn't be here!
This may be viewed as purely academic, and after the fact, but I remind you of what Jesus said concerning the Kingdom Age to the Sadducees in Luke 20:34-36
.The children of the world marry, and are given in marriage:
But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given into marriage:
Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
In God's eyes, marriage is the only institution worthy of bringing forth his children (Deut: 23:2). Does it not follow then, by reading Jesus statement, that there will be no children born to those who are part of the first resurrection? It then follows that the sons of God in their resurrected bodies will be like Adam before the fall, the only difference being that our bodies will be not of the corruptible nature begotten by a fleshly birth.
Paul describes this process in 1 Cor. 15:50-54:
Now I say brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
In other words, carnal flesh, by its very nature, is corruption.
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.
(Meaning, of course, that some will be alive at Christ's coming).
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruption must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory.
With incorruptible bodies, that is, not subject to sin, because God's laws will be written in our hearts and minds (Heb. 8:10), and death destroyed, we shall be immortal: in other words, like Adam and Eve before the fall. The only difference being, we won't be subject to the flesh nature that was Adam and Eve's downfall. Read Appendix C.
Another Bible verse that would confirm that the fall would have to take place before Adam and Eve could bear children, is Ps. 51:5.
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; And in sin did my mother conceive me.
Simply stated, desire is considered iniquity. And intercourse (sin) produces conception. These characteristics were unknown to Adam and Eve before the fall, otherwise they wouldn't have been sinless. Right?
Continuing on in Gen. 3:19, Adam was told:
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, til thou return unto the ground; for out of it [the ground] wast thou taken: for dust thou art and unto dust shalt thou return.
Some religious groups teach that Adam was formed on another planet. They call it the master planet. These groups, and others, also teach that Adam and his descendants also have immortal souls. Yet, this verse 19 makes it very clear that neither of these doctrines is true. What the Bible teaches and man thinks the Bible teaches, are often times diametrically opposed.
Let's read what godly Job said about the matter:
So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.
O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!
If a man die, shall he live again?
All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
Thou shall call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands
To give you another witness of this, let's read what Paul said in 1 Cor. 15:17-18:
And if Christ be not raised, your faith is in vain; ye are yet in your sins.
Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
Now if man is an immortal soul, it would never perish. But Paul says without the resurrection of Christ those that are fallen asleep are perished.
So we can plainly see from scripture that man will remain in the grave until the resurrection. Man doesn't have an immortal soul; otherwise there would be no need for a resurrection. If man had an immortal soul at death, the truth of the resurrection is foolishness. Many people are confused because they think the Bible word soul means a spirit, and that this spirit is what is immortal. But when we look up this word "soul" in the Hebrew, we find it comes from the word nephesh (neh-fesh) which means: breath or body, sometimes appetite, beast, or creature. It never means spirit. "Only God is Spirit". This is not to say that a living man cannot have the "infilling" of the Holy Spirit. That "infilling" is available to the called of God. Peter explains the process in Acts 2:38-39.
Now back to Gen. 3. In verse 20, we find Adam finally calling his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all living. Some groups say that this proves Adam and Eve were the only people on earth at that time, and that this reinforces their belief that chapter 2 is just a repeat of chapter 1 in Genesis.
I think you will agree, after our investigation, that chapter 2 and chapter 1 are two different creations because the order of the creations were reversed and commands were different. Could it be that Adam thought he and Eve were the only ones at that point living? Or is it a more encompassing statement that their progeny would be the only ones that would have need of a Savior.and those that confessed the second Adam (Christ) would, in effect be all living at the resurrection?
It's a good question; and with the help of God's Spirit I'll answer it. If you recall back in Genesis 1, God (Elohiym) told the male and female to be fruitful, multiply, and replenish (fill) the earth. He also told them they were to be gatherers and eaters of the herbs and fruit yielding trees. What he didn't tell them is that they should not eat of a certain tree. In other words, they were never given the law. Because they were not given the law, God couldn't impute the death penalty for sin to them! Paul explains it to us:
For as many as have sinned without the law [pre-Adamites] shall also perish without the law:
And as many [the Adamites] as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law.
Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
For until the law sin was in the world [among pre-Adamites]: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude [likeness] of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
Here at last, we have light on what happened! It was the sin of the pre-Adamites that caused the Lord (Yahovah) God to create Adam and give him the law. Although God (Elohiym) gave the pre-Adamites commands, he never gave then a law to punish them for breaking His commands. We know the Lord hates sin, and must bring it to judgment, the judgment being death (Rom. 6:23).
Since the first creation was finished, and God's seventh day of rest had expired before Adam was created, it's very possible that at least a thousand years may have gone by, if the time sequence is right in 2 Peter 3:8. The law had to be introduced to stop the sin that was already in the world, according to Paul. Knowing this, we can see why the Lord (Yahovah) God had to "set the bounds" of the Garden of Eden. Undoubtedly this was to keep pre-Adam sinners from the Tree of Life. With the introduction of the law to Adam, and the violation of that law resulting in death, the Lord would insure that the sinful pre-Adamite man, along with Adam, would not live forever and wax more gross with each passing generation. It isn't too hard to deduce, that if Adam and Eve had remained true to the Lord's command, that the Lord would have had to figure out another way to bring about death to the pre-Adamites. So we can see from the clear record of the events in our Bible that Adam and Eve's fall had to take place to save the Elohiym creation from total annihilation.
Now to insure that the death penalty for sin was enforced, the Lord had to drive Adam and Eve from the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden.
And the Lord [Yahovah] 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 forever:
Therefore, the Lord [Yahovah] 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 which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life
To sum up this chapter, I'd like to inform you that the Lord foreknew the "fall." This is revealed in Rev. 13-8.
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
If the Lord didn't fore-know the fall, why is "the Lamb" described as being slain from the foundation of the world?
I pray that this investigation of God's Word will lay to rest all of the false concepts that have been handed down for generations concerning Adam, the fall, and the "serpent".
Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is none else: I am God, and there is none like me. Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: