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Pamphlet #6218 Genesis KC 6-3

OK, it is now time to "grow-up" and mature in the Word of God.

                 Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

OK, it is now time to "grow-up" and mature in the Word of God.

Who is this serpent who was more subtle, meaning wise, than any other living, created being, human or otherwise, in the garden? ... a literal "snake" standing upright like we see in the Bible story books?


Perhaps when we first begin reading the Bible
and have only gotten to chapter 3 of Genesis,
we might not be quite sure who this serpent is.

But if we read the whole Word of God,
there can be no doubt who he is and what he looks like.

Rev. 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
That "old serpent" in the garden was Satan himself, not disguised as a snake, but the creep is a "snake", in the figurative sense, of course!

I've done business with some snakes before and they really are cunning and conniving.

Anyway, this old serpent has perpetuated a lie,
a tradition, about the "snake" and the "apple" long enough.

It is his plan to deceive a Biblically ignorant people with such trot,
"because it ministers to the acceptance of his lie, the hiding of God's truth,
the jeers of the infidel, the opposition of the critics, and the stumbling of the weak in faith."
(Companion Bible, appendix 19, last paragraph.)

Again in Revelation 20 we see who that serpent was.

He is to be bound during the millennium for 1000 years.

Rev. 20:2
And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
The apostle Paul also made it clear who this serpent was in 2 Cor. 11:3:
2 Cor. 11:3
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
The Greek word for "serpent" is ophis, which means "an artful, malicious person; (figuratively a snake).

Satan was beautiful and charismatic and charming,
truly a glorious "angel of light" (2 Cor. 11:14).

Let's repeat Gen. 3:1.

Genesis 3:1
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Notice that Satan is about to tempt Eve with God's Word.

He is quoting God!

Remember he tempted Christ in the wilderness with God's Word.

It is his MO, his greatest method of deception.

By misquoting and twisting the scriptures and causing people to believe the "letter" of what is written,
instead of the "truth" of what is written, he is able to perpetuate mass deception on an uninformed populous.

[2] And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees(plural) of the garden:

Note: trees (plural) It appears there were many spirit beings (Trees) in the garden in addition to the Tree of Life (Jesus) and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? (Satan)"

Eve knew that she and her husband could freely partake of all the trees in the garden.
She also knew that there was a special set aside "tree",
in a specific geographical location (in the midst of the garden),
that they had better stay away from.
[3] But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Satan has now brought into question the Word of God.

So Eve, in her reply, omits the word "freely" (preceding 'eat thereof'),
adds the words "neither shall ye touch it",
and alters the certainty "thou shalt surely die"
into a contingency "lest ye die".

[4] And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Satan now contradicts the Word of God and tells the first of many, many lies, for he is the father of lies (John 8:44).

Unfortunately, we have exceeded our length of study for this day,
so in the next episode we will go back and spend some time on verse 3,
documenting the true identity of the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil",
who dwelled in the midst of garden.

We will also examine the Hebrew origin of the word translated "touch",
because there is about to be a seduction in the fig grove.

Don't miss it!

Read Pamphlets #6219 through 6228  We'll find out what really happened in the garden!

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