The Fall Part II

Michelangelo’s Original Sin and Banishment from the Garden of Eden 1475-156

Genesis 3: 7-8 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. And they heard the voice of Jehovah God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Jehovah God amongst the trees of the garden (ASV 1901).

The result of the Fall was that death entered the pristine earth and more specifically the Garden of Eden where Jehovah God has placed Adam and his wife. Even though the earth became corrupt as sin entered and caused death to reign over the creation (Romans 5: 14, 17, 21) the more serious result was spiritual death. All physical matter became a prisoner to the Laws of Entropy. Decay began at the point of their Fall. Immediately after eating the forbidden fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil the “eyes of both of them were opened.” This means that their awareness expanded but not what the Devil had led them to believe. The duping by the Devil did not lead to divine enlightenment as promised. Instead it led to a sense of shame. They also suddenly realized that they were naked. The very fountain of procreation, their genitals that the Lord God had given them to enjoy, became a source of self-consciousness and shame. Their relationship was permanently altered for the worse. They became uncomfortable with each other, which was manifested through mistrust and alienation. Satan promised wisdom, which he cannot provide. Only the fear of God can bring wisdom (Proverbs 1:7). The world seeks Satan’s promises and they always fail. Disobedience of God’s Word will never bring any benefits only grief and lack of spiritual blessings.

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