Now the serpent was most cunning of all the beasts of the field that the Lord God had made.
Unlike the serpent who became envious of the humans position, the human had been made with a capacity to love and understand the love that God wanted to extend to him, which can happen only in a relationship between Father and son where trust is stronger than the fear which would make one want to want more than what the Father wants to give. The feeling that he needed more than what the Father wanted to give him was plain mistrust of the Father and His intentions for the one He intended to be a son to Him and give Him a family of beings who would also choose to trust Him, to choose Him over the created alternative whose will was opposed to God's.
And he (the serpent) said to the woman, "Though God said, you shall not eat from any tree of the garden—"
And the woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the garden's trees we may eat, but from the fruit of the tree in the midst of the garden God has said, 'You shall not eat from it and you shall not touch it, lest you die'"
And the serpent said to the woman, "You shall not be doomed to die. For God knows that on the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will become as gods knowing good and evil."
This is the same kind of interaction between the humans and the serpent as is recorded in the temptation account, as between the second Adam and the serpent. Making the sons' adversary into a snake is a convincing image, but it makes more sense for the sons if the serpent is a metaphor and not literally speaking to the woman. The idea of a fallen angel, evil god called satan standing in front of Jesus removes the experience from our being able to truly understand it as it can also happen to us. Instead, a thought that came into his head; an idea, a force of power that was allowed to exist in his mind so that the choice was compelling makes more sense as we understand temptation to be. That compelling choice is what the life of the son is truly about. Otherwise our faith in what's real versus what's merely natural is just a token statement and doesn't mean anything. The fact that these particular words were written down and preserved for us to be able to read is enough; we don't need to be able, as humans who have that craving to control their world, to be able to prove this or that about anything with regards to a natural validation for the sake of being right.
Because the true Jesus was made into a mythical god (by humans who had that craving to control their world), to whom that choice would not have been compelling or difficult—in other words not a genuine choice at all—that christian jesus is not for the sons because it never makes any sense—there is no real point to any of the theology, except that it's there and it just needs to be adhered to. The fact that there are no viable alternatives is just support that God intends His reality to be secret and hidden and not just found out by the humans at will, just because they want to get something from Him (eternal survival, what every animal would choose if it had the choice).
The made up jesus is similar to the idols from the old days that the humans would carve out of wood, which only had power in the natural reality, in the capacity that its maker could look at it, hold on to it, possess it, own and control it—and use it for his own gain. It cannot be the Cornerstone or head of the family of true sons who know the true Father, because that made up jesus never had a real choice to make. If he was a god then choice of the Father over the serpent wouldn't have had any real consequences, and the power that the choice carried with it couldn't have undone the curse given here in the Genesis passage, because it would have only been a token gesture on God's part—send down the Son from heaven, where he always existed as a god, to die for the sins of everyone, then he can come back to heaven. The entire christian world is based on this ridiculous, since the whole doctrine of "faith" is based on that token sentimentality—that jesus was a god and that he existed before his conception.
Like Adam, they have broken the covenant—they were unfaithful to me there.
The mind of the humans at first wasn't bound to either way—of life or death. They were specifically chosen by God to be in a covenant with Him, and they had to live or die by the terms of that covenant. They had a choice to make, to either choose to be under it or not. They chose not to be by breaking the covenant. As long as they remained in that covenant there was no reason to be afraid because he knew God in a relationship that was devoid of the fear and mistrust which now is the hallmark of the human mind, that which is ruled by because it is bound with the consciousness of the serpent—intriguing, yes; but devoid of the only thing worth possessing.
It is impossible for the human mind, ruled by the serpent, to appreciate that state of being able to know God as His possession who is able to receive His love and free to love Him back. Actually knowing true love is nil in the mind of the frightened animal; it's only interested in whatever will allow it to hide better so that it can survive and not be caught, not be killed. The idea of knowing and loving God can only ever be notions of intention because the serpent doesn't allow that activity according to its rule over them.
She loved the idea of having/getting that thing which would make her better, like a god, more than she wanted to live by the terms of the covenant (she trusted the snake more than she trusted God). There was something compelling about that fruit, being 'lust to the eyes,' however, the terms of the covenant were known, and she was persuaded by what she wanted for herself (the manifestation of the power of the serpent).
The serpent could not ever know love like the humans could have known it if they lived within the terms of the covenant, so the idea of envy is a tangible manifestation of that power to sway away from the good. The idea of love has to be based on trust and these humans didn't trust God, so they were given over to that depraved mind (what now rules the humans who were bound to the serpent by their nature, their consciousness). Without trust there is no love, which is the animal's dilemma: because there is no trust, it feels compelled, driven, to do everything it can to merely survive (like any wild animal). That is why you see so many people talking about loving God, yet putting about 100 times more time, energy—love—into their relationship with the temporary things that are going to help it survive just a little longer or better. They are driven by that force, by the instincts that are naturally in them, which is what it means to be ruled by the serpent. That is what also disallows them to come near to God, so that they could ever be enjoyed by Him, be pleasing to Him as dearly loved children, because under the condition which presently exists in the humans (ruled by that animal nature) they can only ever be defined as unclean animals which cannot come near Him.
You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell.
This story is only important for those who have been chosen to be under a covenant with God. They know they're under it because the teacher tells them, which is giving them the choice to be under it or not, because there are terms. It isn't a story about how sad it is for those humans that they made the wrong choice, or how ruthless God is for allowing the curse to be put into effect because of just one mistake, or how it's not fair that everyone subsequent to them should have to suffer for their mistake. That is all human thinking and conjecture. It's only about the situation that existed for them (they were under a covenant with God), and the choice they had to be under it or not, based on the decision they actually made, and the result of that decision. It is for the benefit of those who are invited to be at the wedding banquet, about whether they will choose to go or not. If some don't want to go, then others can be invited.
For the woman it wasn't a logical decision based on wisdom, but the allure and seduction of how it looked. Wisdom, or craftiness was not something that the humans possessed at this point, however it was what made the choice compelling, versus the choice to trust (love) God or not—to betray Him. God gave them exactly what they chose instead of what they didn't choose, which extends out to everyone who is in a covenant with God e.g., the Israelites who wanted to serve the gods of the nations around them were oppressed by those nations and forced to serve them and their idols, or carried away to the foreign land of the nations around them and forced into that culture, which oppressed them as aliens, good only for slavery and servitude.
Keep my decrees and laws, for the man who obeys them will live by them.
The knowledge of the covenant is very important for the sons who are born of God. Once this happens, and when they begin choosing to live under that covenant, the process of the transformation back toward what the first humans lost starts to become restored for them—if they choose to become sons by being under the covenant. As they went from love to fear, the sons will go from fear to love. As they become more fully restored, they become more able to know God's love, and be more fully known by Him, all because they're moving closer to Him.
"He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him." But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.
The sons are invited to engage in this time of a gradual restoration to that state which was lost. That is the state where possessing wisdom—what the serpent offered as a means to become better for their sake (not God's)—becomes less and less important. Conversely, to know and possess the love of God—and be known by him—becomes the primary aspiration, and that is acquired by living within the terms of the covenant, which is different and unique for every son. Although there is some overlap which creates a cohesive community—a family of those who know they are under the covenant—and a separation of that community from those who aren't because they cannot further the cause of the community and each of its members (to know and possess the love of God and be known by him). The humans can only reinforce the power of the allure of the serpent, what can only lead the sons astray. It's like a full circle back to the way God intended it to be with the human, as that which was lost becomes restored again.
Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD will hear when I call to him.
We see this process in God's loved men from the OT, represented more fully by David. He trusted God to save and deliver him, and he interacted with God in this real way, not by trusting in what his eyes could see but in the unseen power of what he knew God had told him, yet was not obvious to the eyes.
We can see the human most fully given over to choosing the Father instead of what the serpent offered in the body of Jesus, who had lived with God as his Father since he was born. He knew and loved his real Father, and that motivated him instead of fear. Joseph, a noble man, was nevertheless taken out of the picture because in God's world, for His children, human fathers do not exist. Perhaps they may exist as a kind of guardian, a temporary means to do the real Father's will, but they being human are flawed by the serpent's rule, so the idea of good father can exist only as a copy for the real life of the son with his real Father, in the real relationship in which that child can actually know His love. Yet the point of beholding a man as one's father must go, because God being our Father isn't just a concept, nor is being born of Him, from above, of the spirit.
Do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven (exists as spirit in the spiritual world, therefore cannot be a human).
Now we'll hear a lot of "I love God" in the world, especially of course in the religious institutions. Yet nobody believes it, because they are prevented from actually believing it because of the nature that rules them by default. Not that they are individually flawed, but merely because humans individually and collectively possess the mind of the serpent, that which was gained by Adam, and true love for anything that is not its own self is out of its reach. The ability to actually love God in a real way, via a relationship that can be participated in, was lost. There is no way of regaining that relationship with God—intended in Adam and restored in Jesus—unless what happened to Jesus happens to us. Namely, as he told Nicodemus, that we are chosen to be born of God, of the spirit, from above, and therefore in a covenant with Him. As is obvious from the words he spoke and the life he lived, that is the only way to shed the nature, or skin, of the serpent (actively choose to be not led by it and defined as an unclean animal) by denying that nature the power to rule us and begin to conform to the restoration toward the nature of son.
And he said, "I heard your sound in the garden and I was afraid, for I was naked, and I hid."
It isn't an accident that the first thing the human experienced was fear, which has just been introduced immediately after the event takes place as the nature the human was bound with. It would be impossible to get anyone to actually admit it, but the mind of the human primarily works in response to the fear that lives inside it. It is difficult to believe that because the humans like to think of themselves being noble creatures, an aspiration of the survivalist instinct. However, at the heart of its operations, its motives are always based upon and about their responses to the fear that lives in them via instincts they can't control.
That is something that I have known for a long time, and I always thought it odd that it is so ubiquitous around every corner, yet nobody can ever admit anything about this phenomenon of fear, because it's shameful. However, an honest look at human behavior will result in the same conclusion—humans relate or don't to others based on and because of their fear. More importantly, they can only relate to God out of fear and not love, because real love is not available to the humans which are born of Adam. The possibility of real love is completely absent, except for short spurts of the temporary, human versions of love. That is only an inferior copy, which quickly gets wiped from our experience when fear or non-existence arrives.
Fear of not being in the kingdom, fear of not having enough, fear of not being acceptable, fear of being shameful, a loser without money, job or respectability. Ironically it will be fear that will make us unacceptable to God, and rejected by Him. Fear of not having enough, fear of letting a stranger know who we are when we don't have our Sunday face on, fear of being hoodwinked by some con man who looks wrong (like Jesus looked to the humans).
And the Lord God made skin coats for the human and his woman, and He clothed them. And the Lord God said, "Now that the human has become like one of us, knowing good and evil, he may reach out and take as well from the tree of life and live forever." And the Lord God sent him from the garden of Eden to till the soil from which he had been taken. And He drove out the human and set up east of the garden of Eden the cherubim and the flame of the whirling sword to guard the way to the tree of life.
This is important because it explains what the humans are and why, and how we know it, although only those who have been born from above will be able to understand the meaning and significance. It shows us why there is so much of a tendency toward fear and not love inside us. The good news for those who are given the ability to know is that what was lost can now be found if that's the Father's intention; as what was once so vitally important begins to become for us what it actually is according to our true Father—stuff the humans can't do without, but that which will in a very short time do them no good at all.
The condition that the humans are under becomes known to the sons as an impassable wall that stands in the way of knowing what becomes valuable to us, what Adam took for granted and lost, which is why it must be identified then abandoned within themselves as the instincts they continue to choose to listen to and obey. That is what Jesus did not take for granted; and via much suffering in his body (denying what it craved by choosing to be in the covenant with the Father) he said that he trusted God, even though the serpent continually spoke in his ear to take and eat, holding out to him what could have been his. It could be described as the most lustfully attractive circumstance which has ever been presented to a man, which is why his choice for the Father was so incredibly important, and why calling him a god undermines his importance to the Father while it separates the Son from us and excuses us from having to become like he was—not an animal but a son.
Because of what Jesus did and didn't do, because of his love for the Father and his desire to remain in the covenant, the relationship originally intended for Adam was found by a handful of humans who lived in the first century, indeed by those closest to him, those he taught personally. Jesus was the example of what a son can be, or possess, in this life—which is nothing according to the humans who want everything else but that. That he directly passed on to a few men, by revealing the true Father to them in how he acted and what he did. We know that it only lasted a little while, and has been gone for a long time.
The authenticity of their witness is only truly comprehended by the mind which has been given the ability to see beyond what the natural can comprehend, because a huge part of understanding what was true is understanding that it isn't and cannot be happening the same way now. We call this thing being born from above; the process of restoration having already been started. It is being given new eyes of the new creation with a new destiny, that which is able to understand the value of God's love and what it means to be complete. Everything else, which seems so valuable to the animal, will one day soon amount to nothing.
We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.