Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
Genesis 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;
Genesis 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
As God led her through the garden, Eve stared around at the colourful beauty and fullness surrounding her. God brought her to a small clearing and, as she stepped out of the foliage, she stopped and stared.
There, standing in the middle of the grassy clearing, was a creature so beautiful, calmly looking her up and down. She blushed, as she understood when God said to her, ‘your man.’
He smiled his pleasure and moved to greet her.
Embarrassed but unable to look away, she accepted his embrace and returned it.
Genesis 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.
His voice had such a deep ring to it and his name was Adam. It was such a nice name and rolled off her tongue so easily.
‘Woman’ it also had a pleasant sound to it. Bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh; she looked down at her pink skin and saw it was like his. She gently touched his arm and felt it similar to her own.
Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Genesis 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
The two of them were one. What a comforting idea. She thought. We are the same.
He was telling her about God and the garden home He had made for them. Something about a forbidden tree caught her attention and she asked the man about it. As he explained it to her she had a great desire to see this anomaly.
They walked through the garden and picked of the fruit trees to sample their delightful flavours.
Another creature appeared and came walking out of the foliage. It stood as tall as she did but with small arms and hands. It also had a long neck and face with a long tail balanced behind it.
Adam called it a serpent but neither of them knew modern man would call it a Raptor.
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?
Adam was a short distance away as the serpent, noticing them eating, asked the woman of the fruit of the trees. She answered it as Adam had instructed her.
Genesis 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
Genesis 3:3 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.
The Serpent spoke and said the strangest thing.
Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Genesis 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
She blinked with surprise and thought, It would be good to know good and evil like God does.
They had been slowly moving towards the center of the garden where the forbidden tree grew.
The serpent quickly moved to the tree and plucked down a piece of fruit, which it chewed and ate. It smiled pleasurably at the woman as it plucked down another and consumed it.
Enamored, the woman walked slowly to the tree. She saw it was a good big tree and the fruit was very beautiful. She reached and plucked one of the fruit while the serpent stood by smiling pleasantly. She ate the fruit and found it very pleasant to taste. Happily, she plucked another and hurried to Adam as he watched a short distance away.
Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
The woman passed the fruit to the man and urged him to eat it, telling him how pleasant and good it was. The serpent stood by them nodding and smiling encouragement. The man took the fruit and ate it, finding it very pleasant to taste.
Genesis 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
The woman’s eyes fell to the man’s body and she saw he was naked. As she pointed this out to the man, he also became nervous because they were uncovered. They made leaf skirts and covered themselves.
Genesis 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
God came looking for his children but they hid themselves because they became afraid by their disobedience and their nakedness.
Genesis 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
Genesis 3:11 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?
God knew. Adam panicked and tried to think of a way out of his accusations.
Genesis 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
He blamed the woman and she panicked. The lesson she just learned from Adam about blaming another, she used and blamed the serpent.
Genesis 3:13 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.
God cursed the serpent and its descendants would have to live close to the ground and dwell in the dust. They would be hated and afraid of man and man of them.
Genesis 3:14 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:
Genesis 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.
The woman’s curse was to be a follower of her husband and their children would cause her pain.
Genesis 3:16 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.
Adam’s curse was to get their food with hard labour and eventually die.
God cast them from His garden and sent them out to live a harder live than the garden had been.
Genesis 3:17 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;
Genesis 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
Genesis 3:19 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.
Genesis 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
Sadly, Adam ushered Eve ahead of him out of the garden to start their hard life and learn what hardships it would hold for them. He would have to face and learn about this ‘death’, which he now had to face.
Eve cried softly and as the tears ran down her face, she looked at her husband desperately. She had to depend on him totally and was afraid he might not care for her anymore after what she had done.
The serpent smiled smugly and wandered off to another place away from the man and his kind.
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