(presented by: Naomi Blankenship)
The Lord, our God put the man into the garden to take care of the
garden. God told man he
could eat of every tree in the garden except from the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil, of which he was not to eat. The Lord, our
God told the man that the day he ate from the tree of the knowledge of
good and evil that he would surely die.
God saw that it wasn’t good that man should be alone. God had
created male and female of all the animals, so He would create man a
help meet also. This way
man could reproduce as all other creations on the earth that God had
made and he would have a helper.
God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, whose name was Adam. He took a rib from the man and closed up the flesh of Adam. God took Adam’s rib and created a female human being and took her to him. Adam said this is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. Adam called her ‘woman’ because she was taken out of man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and they shall be ‘one flesh’. They were both naked, the man and his wife and they were not ashamed.
Now, the serpent was more clever than any other beast of the
field that God had made. The
serpent said to the woman, “Did not God say that you could not eat of
every tree in the garden?” The
woman replied to the serpent that they could eat of every tree in the
garden, except the tree in the center of the garden they could not eat
of it, or even touch it, or they would die.
replied back to the woman, “Yea shall not surely die.
For God doth know that in the day yea eat thereof, then your eyes
shall be opened and yea shall be as gods, knowing good from evil”.
The woman saw that the fruit was good for food, and pleasant to
look at, and a tree to be desired to make one wise.
She took the fruit and ate it and also gave some to Adam, her
husband, to eat and he did also eat it.
After they ate the fruit, their eyes were opened and they knew
they were naked. They sewed
fig leaves together to make aprons to cover themselves.
They heard God, our Lord walking in the garden in the cool of the
day, and they hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the
trees in the garden. The
Lord God called to Adam and said, “Where art thou”.
Adam replied, “I heard thy voice in the garden and I was
afraid, and I was naked, and I hid myself.”
God said, “Who told thee that thou was naked.
Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof
commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat”?
Adam replied to God, “The woman that thou gavest to be with me,
she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.”
And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that thou
hast done?” Then, the woman said, “The serpent beguiled me, and I
did eat.” 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 between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her
seed; it shall bruise thy head and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
Now that man knew good and evil God knew He had to keep them from
eating of the tree of life, or he would live forever.
God sent Adam from the garden to till the ground from which he
was taken. So, God drove
out the man and placed at the east of the garden Cherubims, and a flaming sword
that turned every way, to keep them from the tree of life.