05. The Most Tragic Decision Ever Made

Lets picture the setting that exists at this time for Man.

His Creator has introduced him to an option regarding his existence, and sooner or later he has to make a choice.

Both male and female are surrounded by beauty and perfection, which is absolutely normal to them; they know nothing different.

Each day is filled with wonder and new discoveries of what the garden holds. Each day the Creator arrives in the cool of the day to spend time with them and expand on the lessons of the previous day. They have no concept at all of worry, fear or despair. There is no form of lust in them, no guilt, no anger, etc. They exist in an absolute absence of evil.

But now, the Creator has introduced the revelation that there is another type of existence. One he calls death.

We can only wonder what that meant to Man; how they went about interpreting and reasoning about it. What is clear, is that they had no contact or context by which to judge the consequence of making such a choice.

They did know that it was not what the Creator wanted for them, and time went on without change because the Creator’s word was good enough for them. They had no reason to doubt him, in fact, they didn’t know how to doubt!

But to the Creator, it was important that Man came to the point of making a choice. This was the core purpose of his existence and the Creator had prepared a way to get man there.

So to do this, God released a prisoner who had been body-less for a very long time; the one who had been the glorious cherub but now had a new name: Satan (Which means enemy) and Devil (which means: false accuser, traducer or liar.) Having lost his glorious body due to the consuming fire that destroyed him, God intentionally allowed this being to inhabit one of the animal creatures he had made: The serpent. Once given a body this spirit begun the plot how to destroy God’s dream for Man. He had achieved success in his past, deceiving heavenly beings, causing them to betray themselves and their Creator; now, given this unexpected opportunity, he would once again use his craft to entice Man into the same fatal mistake.

So the day arrived in which the serpent would launch his attack. He had carefully selected from the Man couple the female named Eve as the most likely candidate for his plot. The reason? She had not been there when the Creator explained to the male, Adam, the danger of the choice before him; Adam had in turn had explained it to Eve. And it was in that, plus the role that Eve played in Adam’s life that the serpent saw his best opportunity to succeed. He carefully studied and selected the words that would achieve his evil plot and said to the woman:

” Is it true that God has said, You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?

“And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden, but of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat of it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.”

“And the serpent said to the woman, Dying you shall not die, for God knows that in the day you eat of it, even your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:1-5 litv)

Satan’s whole strategy was a question. Yes, a question infested with an evil purpose: Seed doubt and lust in the heart/spirit of Man. He had carefully studied the design of the creature named Man. He could see the resemblance of the Creator in them, they were made in his image! So he knew they were special to God, his most hated enemy. He observed they were given self will and self control; They had the power to choose and to believe and he knew the Creator would respect their choices. He observed how the Creator would visit them daily and instruct them. He knew from his long history in the Creator’s kingdom that Man was singular in his design and therefore the purpose for his creation had to be grandiose; but then, he thought, the Creator had made a grave mistake: Allow him to contact Man! Now it was within his reach to spoil the Creator’s purpose for Man, and his question was the key to achieve it.

What was contained in his question? The lure to draw the woman into a conversation that would allow the serpent to plant his corrupted seed in her mind. Innocently, she engaged in kindly correcting what she considered to be a harmless comment by a very unique and interesting creature among all other animals; The serpent could talk to her! Eve conveyed the Creator’s instructions regarding the forbidden fruit. She did not know what death was, but she knew from Adam that it was not something they needed. So she said to the serpent: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden, but of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat of it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.” It was an innocent response and that is all the serpent needed.

He had initial success. The woman had accepted to hold a conversation with this very interesting creature and the serpent was now ready to strike with the bait:

“And the serpent said to the woman, Dying you shall not die, for God knows that in the day you eat of it, even your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as God, knowing good and evil.”

These words struck the very core of the woman. The serpent said they had not understood what God meant: This thing the Creator called death was not something bad at all. It was what they needed to know if they wanted to be like God! He said God knew both, Good and Evil and this is what they were missing and what was keeping them from being all they could be!

That was it! Now the serpent would watch its carefully crafted words run their course within the woman. He knew that if she believed him, she would convince Adam to go along; so he just watched and waited…

The Genesis account does not specify the time that transpired between the serpent’s conversation with the woman and the next scene. But what we can see is that the woman had thought and considered the words of the serpent very carefully and they began to make sense to her:

“And the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and the tree was desirable to make one wise. And she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.” (Genesis 3:6 litv)

It worked! The serpent thought. Now, the Creator has to do to Man what he did to me: Consume them. Man will help prove that God is unjust, he reasoned..

In other episodes we will come back to this tragic event in order to better understand what took place in more detail and how it relates to God’s invitation to adopt us. At this time, however, we are concerned with getting to see what took place when Man, both male and female chose the interpretation the serpent gave to God’s words as truth and therefore ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil:

“And the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed leaves of the fig tree, and made girdles for themselves.

“And they heard the sound of Jehovah God walking up and down in the garden at the breeze of the day. And the man and his wife hid themselves from the face of Jehovah God in the middle of the trees of the garden.”

“And Jehovah God called to the man and said to him, Where are you?”

“And he said, I have heard Your sound in the garden, and I was afraid, for I am naked, and I hid myself.”

“And He said, Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”

“And the man said, The woman whom You gave to be with me, she has given to me of the tree, and I ate.”

“And Jehovah God said to the woman, What is this you have done? And the woman said, The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

“And Jehovah God said to the serpent, Because you have done this, you are cursed above all beasts, and above every animal of the field. You shall go on your belly, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He will bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”

“He said to the woman, I will greatly increase your sorrow and your conception; you shall bear sons in sorrow, and your desire shall be toward your husband; and he shall rule over you.”

“And He said to the man, Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat from it, the ground shall be cursed because of you; you shall eat of it in sorrow all the days of your life. And it shall bring forth thorns and thistles for you, and you shall eat the plant of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until your return to the ground. For you have been taken out of it; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

“And Jehovah God made coats of skin for the man and his wife, and clothed them.”

“And Jehovah God said, Behold! The man has become as one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put forth his hand and also take from the Tree of Life, and eat, and live forever, Jehovah God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground out of which he was taken. And He drove the man out. And He lodged the cherubs at the east of the Garden of Eden, and the flaming sword whirling around to guard the way of the Tree of Life.”

So here it is: The Most Tragic Decision Ever Made: Man’s decision to choose death instead of life. Evil instead of Good.

However, the serpent was terribly unhappy about the result. Man was not consumed! God had shown mercy to him and furthermore, promised to redeem him through one who would be born of the woman, one who would crush the serpent’s head!

What was the Creator up to? He would have to figure it out in time, and that is exactly what he had now… time. He also had a body to move around in and to relate to the creature Man who was now under his grip. For unbeknown to Man, Adam and Eve had given him power over their existence. It was his word they chose against God’s. He would now subject them and plan how to bring this to a desired end.

For Man, the result was tragic. He chose to know Evil and therefore was sent on a path that would fully expose him to just that. His journey into an existence of misery, lack and despair was beginning. Soon he would know full well what Evil is all about.

But what about the Creator and his plans for Man? Was it over? Did the serpent spoil his dream? Not at all! Nothing that took place was a surprise or disillusion for Him; he had already made provision for such an event. Man had made a choice that separated him from the environment of Good and blessing, but this very factor would be used to help him understand the Creator’s Love when the time arrived for the fulfillment of his purpose: Man was created to choose; to accept or reject the invitation to become a son of God. This was something only the Creator knew; neither the serpent, nor man had a clue of what the future held. That is why Man was not consumed and destroyed, he was preserved so that he would come to fulfill the very reason of his creation.

See you in our next episode!

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