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Pamphlet #6222 Genesis KC 8-3

Now back to the Book of Beginnings.
Genesis 3:9
And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
Don't think for one minute that God didn't know where Adam was.

You'll find He never asks a question that He doesn't already know the answer to.

[10] And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
Adam isn't facing reality very well at all, a problem common to many.

We must all learn that we can't hide from our problems and our sins.

Our Father knows!

[11] And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
The defendant is being questioned by the Judge.
[12] And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
Here we see one of the basic principles of "liberalism",
which is simply "never, never, take responsibility for your own actions.

Always blame someone else".

In this case Adam points out that the "Manufacturer" of the woman is really to blame, i.e.
the woman WHOM THOU GAVEST to be with me.

This was not a good answer!

You can't con our Father, who probably shook His head in sorrow and disappointment as He turned to the woman.

[13] And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
Hey, it's not my fault! I have an excuse. The serpent seduced me.

Another really bad answer! God now turns to Satan.

[14] 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:
"Because thou hast done this..". Done what?

I think we covered that. He seduced Eve.

Notice that no question was asked to this "scum of the earth".

Why give him the opportunity to reply with a smart aleck answer?

God moves directly to the sentencing.

You should be able to document by now that the "serpent"
God is speaking to is Satan, the Devil himself (Rev. 12:19).

 He was beautiful, charming, witty and very, very likable (Ezek. 28).

He was a "tree to be desired".

He was also a pervert.

It is he whom our Father curses above all other living beings.

He did not curse little old snakes.

The statement "upon thy belly shalt thou go" is an Hebrew figure of speech.

It is a statement of degradation that implies the utmost humiliation,
for prostration was ever the most eloquent sign of subjection.

(If you are fortunate to have a Companion Bible, it will document this for you).

We have a somewhat similar saying in English, "he's lower than a snake's belly".

The same statement of degradation applies to "and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life".

This figure of speech is much like Psalms 72:9 which says "his enemies shall lick the dust".

They will not literally get on their hands and knees and lick the ground with their tongues,
but they will be so utterly defeated that no words could literally depict their overthrow and subjugation.

But a picture, portrayed by a figure of speech, is worth a thousand words.

If the teachers and preachers of God's Word would pay attention to the figures of speech,
which are easily identified in the "fixed" languages of Hebrew and Greek,
much misunderstanding and confusion could be eliminated.

Here's How Traditions are Made:

If there was a verse in the New Testament that read "The Apostle Paul got in hot water", there would now be churches that would require their parishioners to do as Paul and follow his example, i.e. get into a pool or tub of water that is hot.

If you looked up "water" in Strong's concordance it would say "H2O, that substance which forms lakes and rivers and seas, rain, etc.". The would-be scholars would then debate how much water you should get into, how far you should be immersed, and exactly what degree of temperature constitutes hot as opposed to warm.

Thus "getting into hot water" would become a tradition of the church, despite the fact that the phrase is a figure of speech which means "The Apostle Paul got into trouble", and has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with water!

For those who have an interest, the great scholar E.W. Bullinger, has a work in which he classifies the 217 figures of speech and has given some 8,000 passages of Scripture to illustrate them. Without paying close attention to "Figures of Speech", no study of the Bible can be complete. Of course if you have a Companion Bible it notes the figures of speech for each passage in the parallel columns.

The LORD God now continues with the sentencing of the guilty ones.

He is still addressing Satan:

[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.
And so it would come to pass that Christ's heel was bruised when His feet were nailed to the cross at Calvary,
but as it is recorded in Hebrew 2:14 He shall destroy Satan, whose name is "death".

God has also said that He would put enmity
(Webster: positive, active, and typically mutual hatred or ill will)
between Satan and Eve and between HIS SEED and HER SEED.

Did you notice that there is no mention of apple seeds.

[16] Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

God is talking about conception and bringing forth children?

What brought up that subject?

What does conception have to do with apples anyway?

Why didn't He say, "I will make your teeth hurt every time you bite fruit"?


While we're on the subject of conception, did you know that Eve had twins?

We'll find out soon!

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