Where to begin but to recap and pick up where we left off!
The Serpent in the Garden was the personification of the pride-of-self with which Adam was created. The question is, then, does this make God the author of sin if He created a creature who was of a certainty in the plan of God, going to sin against Him?
This brings us face-to-face with the Truth. Please God, may we not blink or shut or eyes to it!
Reason does not create the path to truth, it does when properly applied follow it. Reason can certainly create a path to error if we allow it. So is it vital for believers to seek Truth? Can we live in error? As human beings prone to misunderstanding and flights of fancy and going off the rails when we think we have it all figured out, we could not live at all except by the mercy of God. This is not to say that it doesn’t matter whether we try our absolute best or not! It does! We could hardly glorify God but by giving it our best, could we?
Now, where were we? Oh, yes. Seeking to come face-to-face with Truth! Jesus was the personification of Truth. He personified Himself that way. He said, ”I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by Me.”
Let’s detail the Serpent beginning at Genesis 3:1 from the Amplified Bible:
3 Now the serpent was more crafty (subtle, skilled in deceit) than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And [a]the serpent (Satan) said to the woman, “Can it really be that God has said, ‘You shall not eat from [b]any tree of the garden’?”
2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees of the garden,
3 except the fruit from the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God said, ‘You shall not eat from it nor touch it, otherwise you will die.’”
4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You certainly will not die!
5 For God knows that on the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened [that is, you will have greater awareness], and you will be like God, knowing [the difference between] good and evil.”
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise and insightful, she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband [c]with her, and he ate.
14 The Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all the cattle,
And more than any animal of the field;
On your belly you shall go,
And dust you shall eat
All the days of your life.
“And I will put enmity (open hostility)
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed (offspring) and her [e]Seed;
He shall [fatally] bruise your head,
And you shall [only] bruise His heel.”
Now the serpent was more crafty (subtle, skilled in deceit) than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made.
Note: this is not a comparative statement. The Serpent is not compared to any other beast of the field.
Note: This is where long held doctrine shows up. “…the serpent (Satan)” is an assumption that they are one and the same being. The assumption itself is almost certainly true. But! What is the person that is designated by these names?
Now because the conversation that takes place in the next few verses, it is assumed that Eve is speaking to someone other than herself or Adam, who was there with her (verse 6). The problem with that line of thinking is that it places in evidence as fact something that has not been proved. There is no revealed creation day for the serpent, (Satan). Without that we are free to follow the facts presented. Adam and Eve were considering the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Adam had been given dominion. Genesis 1:28 28 And God blessed them [granting them certain authority] and said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subjugate it [putting it under your power]; and rule over (dominate) the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and every living thing that moves upon the earth.” 29 So God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of the entire earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; 30 and to all the animals on the earth and to every bird of the air and to everything that moves on the ground—to everything in which there is the breath of life—I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so [because He commanded it].
Did you see it? Did you see what seems to have been missed for millennia? ‘… every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you.’ The assumption is that the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil had fruit yielding seed! Eve was deceived by the look of it. She saw it as a tree to make one wise. Adam knew better. The fruit of this tree was certainly not good for food and he knew it. The exercise of power over the creation as ruler instead of steward was very appealing to him, a beauty to behold! And the idea that one could increase in wisdom by deciding for oneself what was good and what was evil flew directly in the face of the command of God. The fruit of this tree was death and Adam was aware.
One of the passages that is proof text concerning Satan is in Ezekiel 28:
28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold
28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will
bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
28:19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
The thesis of this work is that there is an explanation for the personification of evil that does not include a created spiritual being and realm that is not revealed to us by God. Take the guesswork out of the existence of Satan.
What are the facts of the Fall? Eve was deceived Adam was not. What about Adam coincides with the description of the King of Tyrus?
- The Amplified has it this way: “You had the full measure of perfection and the finishing touch [of completeness], Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
That is certainly an apt description of Adam before the Fall is it not? Full of wisdom (he named all the animals and found none suitable as a companion for him. He was the Acme of God’s creation meant to carry His very image. How much more beautiful could he be?
- “You were in [a]Eden, the garden of God;
Every precious stone was your covering: The ruby, the topaz, and the diamond; The beryl, the onyx, and the jasper; The lapis lazuli, the turquoise, and the emerald; And the gold, the workmanship of your [b]settings and your sockets, Was in you. They were prepared On the day that you were created.
All of the beauty of the ultimate plan of God was initiated in Adam at his creation and he was in Eden the garden of God, paradise.
- “You were the anointed cherub who covers and protects, And I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked in the midst of the stones of fire [sparkling jewels].
Adam was formed of the dust of the ground and God breathed into him the breath of life. He carried the image of God and was given dominion over all the world including Eve, to cover and protect. Protect from what? From just exactly what happened! She was deceived. He was NOT! He walked in paradise with the perfect mate and was given the world as his.
- “You were blameless in your ways From the day you were created Until unrighteousness and evil were found in you.
God said of that tree you shall not eat lest you die! Adam sinned against God willingly and willfully. Unrighteousness and evil were found in him.
- “Through the abundance of your commerce You were internally filled with lawlessness and violence, And you sinned; Therefore I have cast you out as a profane and unholy thing
From the mountain of God. And I have destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the stones of fire.
KJV Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
- “Your heart was proud and arrogant because of your beauty; You destroyed your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground;
KJV And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
- I lay you before kings, That they might look at you.
“You profaned your sanctuaries By the great quantity of your sins and the enormity of your guilt,
By the unrighteousness of your trade.
Therefore I have brought forth a fire from your midst;
It has consumed you, And I have reduced you to ashes on the earth
In the sight of all who look at you.
“All the peoples (nations) who knew you Are appalled at you;
You have come to a horrible and terrifying end And will forever cease to be.”’”
These passages are about Adam but they include all the children of Adam! Now through the use of Occam’s Razor we have been able to eliminate the guesswork of a pre-existent spiritual realm that some find it necessary to explain the presence of evil in the world!
I asked the question early on in my own personal walk, is this the best of all possible worlds that could have been created to accomplish the ultimate goal that God hoped to accomplish? Yes! Yes it is.
And there is more! Next time.