Updated: Sep 18
After Adam was created, God commanded him "You may surely eat of every tree in the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die," (Gen 2:15-17, ESV). The Lord then brought all He had created to Adam for him to name them and created a helper fit him. Adam named her Woman for she was taken out of him; bone of his bones, and flesh of his flesh, the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed (Gen 3:23-25).
But somewhere along the way, something shifted in the garden.
"Did God actually say, "You shall not eat of any tree in the garden"? (Gen 3:1, ESV).
And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, 'You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden neither shall you touch it, lest you die'" (Gen 3:2-3, ESV).
This was not what God commanded Adam.
God said, "You may surely eat of every tree in the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die," (Gen 2:15-17, ESV) but in the woman's response to the serpent contained another command "neither shall you touch it".
The rib was not taken from Adam when God commanded him. Thus, since Adam was appointment to oversee and steward over all of God's creation, he was also responsible for sharing His command. How else could the woman have known God's command?
The shift began here. Sin entered the garden the moment man added to God's word. And in doing so, Adam became misaligned with God.
The words "neither shall you touch it" were not the words from God.
Scripture warns us of such in Deuteronomy 4:2 (ESV) "You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you," and in Revelation 22:18 (ESV): "if anyone adds to the words of the prophecy, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book."
The serpent, one of the beast of the field, slithered its way into the garden and deceived the woman because when a lie was introduced in the garden.
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