In The Beginning God - Part Two

Kingwell By Kingwell, 20th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Chapter Three of the Book of Genesis is the story of the first man and woman whom we now know as Adam and Eve and their sojourn in The Garden of Eden.

The Tree In The Midst Of The Garden.

Now the Garden of Eden was filled with many different kinds of fruit trees and all but one could be used for food by Adam and Eve. God had previously warned Adam that he must never eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and if he did so he would die. To make sure that there would be no mistake God had placed this tree in the midst of the garden. Apparently Adam had passed the warning on to his wife because they both understood it and at first appeared satisfied. At the time we are not told why God placed the tree there at all since the man and woman could not eat of it anyway but later someone comes up with the idea that God is tempting Adam and Eve to see if they will obey him! It seems that the earliest of the storytellers must have thought that God was like man since this was just the sort of thing that man would do!

Talking Serpent And Forbidden Fruit

The Garden of Eden story also introduces us to something else that is quite unique – a talking serpent! Eve, to whom the serpent speaks, does not seem at all surprised by this although there is no indication that any of the other animals had the gift of speech. The serpent seems to have his own agenda here and it is to get Eve (maybe he thinks that she is the weaker of the two) to eat from the tree that she has been told not to eat! Why would he want to do that? What was a talking serpent doing in the Garden of Eden anyway? Later someone tells us that the serpent was really the devil in disguise and that he was out to ruin God’s plan from the beginning – but if this is true it is not mentioned here. The serpent tells Eve “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”. Eve gazes again at the fruit and it looks delicious and appears to be good for food –so she takes a bite and gives it to her husband and he tries it as well. This is the last that we hear of the talking serpent until God speaks to him.
Now it seems that the early storytellers must have thought that there was something wrong with the bodies that God had given Adam and Eve because as soon as they ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, it was like they were seeing their bodies for the first time and they immediately covered themselves – they even hid from God! A little later God was walking in the garden and not seeing the couple, he called to them. Finally Adam admits that he is hiding because he is naked and afraid. God, of course, knows what has happened and the whole story come out. Adam promptly blames Eve who then blames the serpent.

Driven From The Garden Of Eden.

God first speaks to the serpent who unlike the serpents of today must have had legs because when God curses him he says “upon thy belly shalt thou go and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life”. To Eve he promises to multiply her sorrow in childbirth and that her husband will rule over her. To Adam He assures a life of hard labor saying that he will have to work hard to get things to grow for him. In the end Adam and Eve are driven out of the Garden of Eden.
There is however, something that is worth mentioning before we leave this story. Verse 22 of Chapter 3 reads as follows: 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 forever: Once again God is speaking to another being –“behold the man is become as one of us” Who is the other person? I contend that it is the feminine side of God just as woman is the feminine side of man!
TO BE CONTINUED - See Part 3
See Part 1

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar Retired
20th Mar 2015 (#)

Unique perspective. Thanks!

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Mar 2015 (#)

I don`t take the Bible literally and I`m not trying to convince anyone. Just pointing out some things that are usually not talked about. Thank you for reading. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
20th Mar 2015 (#)

Great post!

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks Carmen. Just my thoughts. Blessings.

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author avatar M G Singh
21st Mar 2015 (#)

Nice education on bible

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author avatar Kingwell
21st Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks Madan. Blessings.

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
21st Mar 2015 (#)

Interesting share.

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author avatar Kingwell
21st Mar 2015 (#)

Thank You Randhir for reading and commenting. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
21st Mar 2015 (#)

there was more than one god to become one of us,

naked and afraid is a metaphor for being exposed for wrong doing.

There are many levels of understanding these bible stories, and also there is more people on the land, not just Adam and Eve.

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author avatar Kingwell
21st Mar 2015 (#)

Thank You Carol. Your input here is interesting. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Apr 2015 (#)

Thanks Kingwell for your take. I see in all beliefs the many interpretations; some are benign while others bigoted brooking no different views - it is more like my way or the high way. I only hope we can have a helicopter view to realize we are all one and the same - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
1st Apr 2015 (#)

Thanks Siva. We are indeed all one.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
13th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks again ~ Kingwell. I am looking forward to reading your entire series here ~ not necessarily to agree or disagree. I appreciate your sharing your perspective.

Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
13th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks again Helen. Blessings.

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