Bible Stories for Big People
A Supernatural Overview The Bible is a fascinating read for many people. Others see it as irrelevant and contradictory. Still others think they know what’s inside, but they’ve never opened the cover to find out for themselves. And then there are those who actually experience it daily. My sincere hope is that my new series, “Bible Stories for Big People,” will provide unexpected insight for all of the above, in a uniting kind of way. In a supernatural kind of way. — P.M.Y.
3. Trial and Punishment?
Adam and Eve (Havah) disobeyed the ONE COMMAND given to Adam by the Lord God: “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Genesis 2:15-17, NIV)
There was an immediate consequence …
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. (Genesis 3:6-7, NIV)
And there was immediate action on the part of their Creator / Parent (The Complete Jewish Bible version) …
They heard the voice of Adonai, God, walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, so the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Adonai, God, among the trees in the garden. Adonai, God, called to the man, “Where are you?”
He answered, “I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid myself.”
Of course, the Lord God already knew where Adam was, but he continued his questioning and allowed the “blame game” to play out …
The Lord God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree from which I ordered you not to eat?”
The man replied, “The woman you gave to be with me — she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.”
Adonai, God, said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman answered, “The serpent tricked me, so I ate.” (Genesis 3:8-13)
The Lord God did not allow the serpent — Satan in disguise (Revelation 12:9) — to give his version of the story. Instead he moved immediately to the sentencing phase of the trial (Genesis 3:14-21) …
Adonai, God, said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all livestock and wild animals. You will crawl on your belly and eat dust as long as you live. I will put animosity between you and the woman, and between your descendant and her descendant; he will bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel.” (This initial prophecy recorded in Scripture concerned the future Messiah — a direct descendant of Eve and Adam.)
Next, the Lord God turned his attention to the woman …
To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pain in childbirth. You will bring forth children in pain. Your desire will be toward your husband, but he will rule over you.”
And last but not least, the man …
To Adam he said, “Because you listened to what your wife said and ate from the tree about which I gave you the order, ‘You are not to eat from it,’ the ground is cursed on your account; you will work hard to eat from it as long as you live. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat field plants. You will eat bread by the sweat of your forehead till you return to the ground — for you were taken out of it: you are dust, and you will return to dust.”
The man called his wife Havah [life], because she was the mother of all living.
Then the Father did something that must have weighed heavily on his heart. He used skin from animals that he had created to provide covering for Adam and Eve — the first animal sacrifice.
Adonai, God, made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.
God clothed his sinful children, then he did something supernatural to further demonstrate his love for them …
And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”
So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
(Genesis 3:22-24, New International Version)
Digging Deeper …
Genesis 3:22 is the first recorded statement from the Lord God which hints that he was not completely alone “in the beginning.” He said (to those with him): “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil.”
Connecting the “dots” in Scripture helps us understand who God was referring to. Matthew recorded Jesus’ words to his disciples after his resurrection:
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20, NIV)
Jesus also said to his disciples:
After his suffering, Jesus presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water,but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:3-5, NIV)
Christian theologians call this supernatural union of the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit THE TRINITY.
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Copyright 2015, Paula Meiners Yingst