It all started in the garden

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God created Adam from the dust of the earth (his body) but then God breathed into him the Life of God or Spirit. So Adam had a human body, but his spirit was in tune with God’s spirit. (Scriptures below, with my comments in bold.

Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
God created Adam from the dust of the earth (his body) but then God breathed (the life of God or Spirit) into him.

God created Eve from Adam’s rib:

Gen 2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
Gen 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Gen 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Gen 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

** Notice at this point they were not ashamed of their nakedness, because they were clothed with the Glory of God.

Meanwhile, Satan had already been thrown out of heaven. This is told in Isaiah 14

Isa 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Isa 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Isa 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

(Most Bible scholars agree that this actually took place in the time between Genesis 1:1 and
Genesis 1:2. That’s a story for another day.)

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

<< here the fall of satan, and a major flood, which also destroyed the dinosaurs.>>

Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

(Verse 2 says that the earth was without form and void, and was dark. God actually re-created the earth. He would not have formed it and made it dark, because He is light.)

Satan used to be Lucifer, who was in charge of praise before the throne of God. But PRIDE entered into him and he wanted to exalt himself to be like God. There is no redemption for Satan. He is allowed to be on the earth for now, but after the Day of Judgment he will be cast into hell. Satan is allowed to dwell on the earth, he attempts to tempt people away from God’s ways:

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world —-1 Peter 5:8-9

So believers are to feed on the Word of God which gives strength to resist the temptations that Satan throws at us.
This is Genesis 3, in the CEV translation:
Gen 3:1 The snake was sneakier than any of the other wild animals that the LORD God had made. One day it came to the woman and asked, “Did God tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?”

Satan asked, “Did God really say that?”

Gen 3:2 The woman answered, “God said we could eat fruit from any tree in the garden,
Gen 3:3 except the one in the middle. He told us not to eat fruit from that tree or even to touch it. If we do, we will die.”
Gen 3:4 “No, you won’t!” the snake replied.

Satan calls God a liar.

Gen 3:5 “God understands what will happen on the day you eat fruit from that tree. You will see what you have done, and you will know the difference between right and wrong, just as God does.”
Gen 3:6 The woman stared at the fruit. It looked beautiful and tasty. She wanted the wisdom that it would give her, and she ate some of the fruit. Her husband was there with her, so she gave some to him, and he ate it too.
Gen 3:7 Right away they saw what they had done, and they realized they were naked. Then they sewed fig leaves together to make something to cover themselves.

They lost the Glory of God when they sinned, and immediately wanted to cover themselves.

Gen 3:8 Late in the afternoon a breeze began to blow, and the man and woman heard the LORD God walking in the garden. They were frightened and hid behind some trees.
Gen 3:9 The LORD called out to the man and asked, “Where are you?”

God knew where they were, but this shows that they had a relationship with God.

Gen 3:10 The man answered, “I was naked, and when I heard you walking through the garden, I was frightened and hid!”
Gen 3:11 “How did you know you were naked?” God asked. “Did you eat any fruit from that tree in the middle of the garden?”

God asks Adam if he disobeyed because He knows the glory is gone.

Gen 3:12 “It was the woman you put here with me,” the man said. “She gave me some of the fruit, and I ate it.”

Human nature, blame someone else.

Gen 3:13 The LORD God then asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The snake tricked me,” she answered. “And I ate some of that fruit.”

Gen 3:14 So the LORD God said to the snake: “Because of what you have done, you will be the only animal to suffer this curse– For as long as you live, you will crawl on your stomach and eat dirt.
Gen 3:15 You and this woman will hate each other; your descendants and hers will always be enemies. One of hers will strike you on the head, and you will strike him on the heel.”

King James version of this one scripture brings it out very clearly:

Gen 3:15 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.

This is the first promise of God that He will send a Messiah, through the line of the woman, and the Messiah shall bruise the authority/head of Satan.

Gen 3:16 Then the LORD said to the woman, “You will suffer terribly when you give birth. But you will still desire your husband, and he will rule over you.”

Gen 3:17 The LORD said to the man, “You listened to your wife and ate fruit from that tree. And so, the ground will be under a curse because of what you did. As long as you live, you will have to struggle to grow enough food.

Both men and women were under a curse because of this sin. Only the Messiah could reverse the curse.

Gen 3:18 Your food will be plants, but the ground will produce thorns and thistles.
Gen 3:19 You will have to sweat to earn a living; you were made out of soil, and you will once again turn into soil.”
Gen 3:20 The man Adam named his wife Eve because she would become the mother of all who live.
Gen 3:21 Then the LORD God made clothes out of animal skins for the man and his wife.

This is huge. God killed an animal, shed its blood, and covered the man and woman with the animal skin. This is the beginning of blood sacrifice to “cover” sins. Later, the Jews would be taught to offer up animals in blood sacrifice to cover their sins. After Messiah died on the cross and shed His blood as a sacrifice for our sins, there is no longer any need for animal sacrifice.

Gen 3:22 The LORD said, “These people now know the difference between right and wrong, just as we do. But they must not be allowed to eat fruit from the tree that lets them live forever.”

God did not want them to eat the fruit of the tree of Eternal Life because in their fallen state, they would have had no chance at redemption. So God put angels in the entrance so that they could not get to the tree of Eternal Life.

Gen 3:23 So the LORD God sent them out of the Garden of Eden, where they would have to work the ground from which the man had been made.
Gen 3:24 Then God put winged creatures at the entrance to the garden and a flaming, flashing sword to guard the way to the life-giving tree.

God already had a plan for Jesus to come to rescue us from the consequences of sin and death.

The story of mankind started  in the garden.

 

 

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