- A Study By Roger O. Cornett
This story was inspired by true events
The purpose of this study serves as a way for me to examine the creation of humans, and to attempt to fill in the gaps contained within the Bible’s book of Genesis. To the believer, there should be questions regarding where this information comes from. For this study I quote mostly from The Forgotten Books of Eden: Adam and Eve chapters 1 & 2. The scripture quotes comes from The Complete Jewish Bible. In my conclusion, analysis and commentary I use Studylight.org. My objective is to encourage everyone to read and study Torah!
The major focus here will be on what happened between chapters three and four of Genesis. I want to help the reader to understand that what happened to man was far more complex than Adam and Eve getting kicked out of the garden and having sexual relations. I’ve assembled many wonderful examples of God’s love for his first children, who found themselves completely helpless and heartbroken after transgressing His word. God created Adam and Eve to be carefree and loving spirits, possessing a bright nature. He gave them access to heaven and the other angels. Born into paradise, they were deceived into sin by Satan, then punished righteously. Sent into a strange land they thought themselves helpless and became frightened of everything. But God watched and comforted them as a loving parent, never ceasing to be concerned or merciful. Adam and Eve required time to develop, both physically and emotionally, in order to move on from the Garden, to stop looking back, accept their fate, and get on with life.
You should recognize similar circumstances. When the Hebrews left Egypt, they too developed an intimate relationship with God. The Hebrews, after being delivered from their sins, also needed God’s rules and boundaries. The Word of God is cyclical, not lineal. Humans have required this retraining – how to live by God’s word – continuously since creation.
At times, this story will bring tears to anyone who has moved beyond a great loss, not just a bump in the road, but an event that changed life as they knew it. Adam and Eve were forced to start over, and many times, they dropped dead to the ground in grief, while learning to accept their consequence. Every parent should read this study. It takes you inside the minds of two children. Both will do anything to avoid the outcome of misbehaving. You’ll read many examples about how to love your children like God loves us; patiently and long suffering.
This story also gives insight to the influence Satan wants over us. You’ll see how he deceived, lied, and made false promises seeking to destroy Adam, Eve, and their children. His mischief reaches far beyond the Tree of Knowledge! Included, are details about Satan’s fall from being a favorite Angel, to his condemnation, ruling over the Earth and his influence over Cain.
Cain’s thoughts, the reasons why he killed Abel, and his life afterward, leading up to the great flood are revealed. The compilation of the Bible was not an act of any definite occurrence. It evolved at the hands of churchmen with various beliefs and purposes. In the formulation of early church doctrines there was dissension, personal jealousy, intolerance, persecution and bigotry. It’s an inspiration that the Bible, the Word of God, could arise out of that chaos, and this would seem to present plausible evidence for a belief in it’s divine origin. Who can say why material was unauthorized and omitted? Good men have always engaged in ecclesiastical controversies.
I hope this study finds a general and unprejudiced acceptance for what it is; a basic, thoughtful, and hopefully, entertaining look at one page of scripture transformed into many pages of reading.
The Story of Adam and Eve
The world and Garden described
The story Adam and Eve begins with a description of the world surrounding the Garden of Eden. Eden was located in the east of the earth, on the border of the world eastward, facing the rising sun. Beyond that, nothing but water encompassed the entire world. Eden reached to the borders of heaven. The place appointed for Adam’s residence (since Eve was not yet created) was a garden, not an ivory house nor a palace overlaid with gold, but a garden furnished and adorned by nature, not by art. This garden was watered by four rivers. These four rivers (or one river branched into four streams) contributed to the pleasantness and the fruitfulness of this garden. To the north was a sea of pure and clear water, like nothing else, and pure to the taste. Through this water one could look to the depths of the earth. And when a man washed in it he became clean, white from it’s whiteness, even if he were dark.
That last part had to do with sin, not race.
God created the North Sea in his own pleasure. He knew what would become of the man He’d made, after man was banished from the garden, on the account of his transgressions, and later born of the earth. Of those latter men, some who died would be righteous, and God would raise their souls during the last days. These men would return into incorruptible flesh. They were to bathe in the water of this north sea and repent of their sins, while the others would face judgment and eternal damnation.
God would make Eve, who would sin with Adam. Then God would make them leave the garden, but He wouldn’t place them on the border of the northward sea. YHWH did not want man to draw near the water and wash himself in it, to then become cleansed of his sins and forget his transgressions, no longer being reminded of his punishment in his thoughts. God did not want man to dwell on the southern side of the garden either. When the north wind blew, it would bring the delicious smell of the trees in the garden, reminding him of what he’d forfeited.
Therefore, because our Heavenly Father is merciful and had great pity, He placed Adam and Eve on the western border of the garden. There, the earth was very broad with a cave located within a rock that had a large overhang for protection. This was called the Cave of Treasures and is located below the garden. God commanded Adam to dwell there.
Our story begins:
- Adam and Eve depart from the Garden,
- A promise from God
- The Cave of Treasures
Adam and Eve got kicked out of the only home they ever knew. It was a strange land they were going into. They gazed out together, past the gate, toward a broad earth, spread out below them, covered with large, and small rocks, mixed with sand. Without any prospects for food, they trembled hard, did an immediate about-face, and dropped dead.
It wouldn’t be the last time. God had pity when he saw them, so he sent his word and raised them right back up. Then Adam and Eve continued walking toward the exit. As they passed by the Tree of Knowledge, they could see it had changed form, becoming withered. Adam walked to it and fell down.
Then God made him a promise, “I have ordained on this earth days and years, and thou and thy seed shall dwell and walk in it, until the days and years are fulfilled; when I shall send the Word that created thee, and against which thou hast transgressed, the Word that made thee come out of the garden, and that raised thee when thou wast fallen. Yea, the word that will save thee when the five days and a half are fulfilled. Strengthen thy heart, therefore, and abide in the cave of treasures, of which I spoke to thee about.”
Adam didn’t understand the meaning of those words, thinking God was telling him the world would end in only five and a half days. God in all his mercy for Adam, who was made after his own image and similitude, explained to him: These were 5000 and 500 years; and then One would come to save him and his seed. God made this covenant with the same commitment he’d made enforcing His law to not eat fruit from the Tree of Knowledge.
Adam and Eve walked to just outside the gate, and they turned around. The Cherubim was there, a sword of flashing fire in hand, looking directly at them. Suddenly, it frowned, causing Eve to scream so loud it sounded to Adam like she’d stepped on a porcupine. And once again, they both fell dead on the ground from fright.
The Cherub took pity on them, and in a show of mercy, it went up to heaven, and prayed before the Lord asking, “Lord, thou did send me to watch the gates of the garden, with the flaming sword of fire, but your servants Adam and Eve saw me and fell on their faces dead. What shall we do with them?” God took pity, and showed his mercy; by raising them again. Then He sent His Cherubim back to guard the garden.
They stopped in front of the cave, and Adam wept even more bitterly to himself. He said to Eve, “Look at this cave that is to be our prison in this world and a place of punishment !” Adam continued complaining, as he pointed out the narrowness and gloom of the cave, when compared to the space, light and beauty of the garden. To Adam, the overhanging ledge was no substitute for the protection of the Lord.
However, it should appear as a representation of God’s protection to you and me.
The soil around them was worthless looking, and strewn with rocks. No delicious fruit bearing trees were present. Things looked bleak.
Note: God’s punishment is never meant to be easy!
- Their former bright nature, Eve accepts her role in the banishment
- The nature of Satan
- They struggle to adapt
- Recollections of glorious days
Adam mourned the physical change to their eyesight, “ Look at thine eyes, and at mine, which afore beheld angels in heaven praising; and they too without ceasing. But now we do not see as we did; our eyes have become of flesh; they cannot see on the like manner as they saw before. He mourned the change in their bodies also, “What is our body today, compared to what it was in the former days, when we dwelt in the garden?”
Not obeying the Lord’s command sure has consequences!
Although Adam did not want to enter the cave, he was becoming more fearful of disobeying God, so he said to Eve, “Unless I enter the cave , I shall again be a transgressor.” So they went in, and began to pray. Adam looked up at the entrance and the overhang. He was unable to see what he was accustomed to in the garden, and he became so upset and forlorn that he dropped dead again from grief. Eve sat and wept harder than ever, because now, for the first time in her life, she was completely alone.
Eve rose up, spreading her hands, pleading to God for mercy and pity, asking for forgiveness for her transgressions. She took full responsibility for what happened in the garden saying, “O God, forgive me my sin, the sin which I committed, and remember it not against me. For I alone caused thy servant to fall from the garden into this lost estate; from light into darkness; and from the abode of joy into this prison. “
She begged God to let Adam live, “O God, look upon this thy servant thus fallen, and raise him from his death, that he may weep and repent of his transgression which he committed through me.”
Eve begged God to let her die if Adam could not live, and pleaded to God not to leave her alone in that dungeon, “O Lord, I and he are one, and thou, O God, art our creator, thou are He who made us both in one day. Therefore, O God, give him life, that he may be with me in this strange land, while we dwell in it on account of our transgression. But if thou wilt not give him life, then take me, even me, like him; that we may both die on the same day.” Eve needed Adam to survive. She couldn’t stand alone in this world without him.
With that said, Eve grieved so bitterly that she died, falling onto Adam. Both were dead through great grief, but God looked upon them, sent his word to comfort, and raised them, one more time. He quickly admonished them, pointing out the how and why, they’d sinned against him, saying:
1.“You transgressed against My word of your own free will.”
2.“You had desired divinity, greatness, and an exalted state like Me.”
3.“You ate fruit form the specific tree I had expressly forbidden you to come near.”
Besides, there had to be other trees in the garden, with better fruit than that one! -Rocky
Then God said to Adam, “When thou wast under subjection to Me, thou hadst a bright mature within thee, and for that reason couldst thou see things far off. But after thy transgression thy bright nature was withdrawn from thee; and it was not left to thee to see things afar off, but only near at hand; after the ability of the flesh; for it is brutish.” When Adam and Eve heard these words from God, they began praising and worshipping, but they still had sorrowful hearts.
Adam and Eve came out of the Cave of Treasures, and began walking back toward the garden gate that they wished to be near. Each stood looking, and weeping for having to leave the garden. Then they walked to the southern side of the garden, where they found the river that watered it, flowing from under the roots of the Tree of life, parting itself into the four rivers flowing out from the garden.
Adam wailed and pounded on his chest. He was still deeply distressed over having to leave. Then he challenged Eve, “Why hast thou brought upon me, upon thyself, and upon thy seed, so many of these plagues and punishments?” Eve responded, “What is it thou hast seen, to weep and to speak to me in this manner?”
Adam pointed to the water, and spoke about how it had been meaningless to them, but now, “We love it, and turn it to use for our body.” When Eve heard this she wept also, and between the both of them, there was so much weeping, that they collapsed into the water and died from drowning.
Then God, merciful and gracious, looked at them floating, face down, and he sent a rescue Angel, who brought them out of the river, laying them on the bank. The Angel went back up to God and said, “O God, thy creatures have breathed their last.” Then God sent his word unto Adam and Eve, raising them once again from the dead.
Adam said to God, “O God, while we were in the garden we did not require, or care for this water; but since we came to this land we cannot do without it.” Then God said to Adam, “While thou wast under my command and wast a bright angel, thou knewest not of this water. But after thou hast transgressed My commandment, thou canst not do without water, wherein to wash thy body and make it grow; for your body is now like that of the beasts, and is in want of water.”
Because of those words, Adam and Eve began to cry, their tears flowing just like a river. Adam entreated God to let them return to the garden a second time. But God said to Adam, “I have made thee a promise; when that promise is fulfilled, I will bring thee back into the garden, thee and thy righteous seed.”
Before long, Adam and Eve , besides feeling sorrowful, began feeling the effects of thirst, and heat. But Adam strongly suggested to Eve that they should not drink the water, even if it killed them. So they withdrew from it and went back to the cave.
- Their first night
- God tucks them in
- A promise of redemption
But when they went into the cave, the novelist spelunkers couldn’t see, although they could hear each other. Adam asked Eve, “Where art thou?” She responded, “Lo, I am standing in this darkness.” She was standing within inches of where Adam lay on bare ground, so they began whispering to each other.
Adam spoke, “Remember the bright nature in which we lived, while we abode in the garden!” Eve made a quiet, “Shush!” Adam continued, “Remember the glory that rested on us in the garden. O Eve! remember the trees that overshadowed us in the garden while we moved among them?”
Eve said louder, “Shush! I’m thinking” Adam rambled on, “ O Eve! remember that while we were in the garden, we knew neither night or day?” Eve said, “Uh Huh.” Adam followed, “Think of the Tree of Life, from below which flowed the water, and that shed luster over us!” Eve was becoming annoyed, “I’m trying not to Adam.”
But she’d encouraged him, so Adam kept on reflecting, “Remember, O Eve, the garden land, and the brightness thereof? Think, oh think of that garden in which was no darkness, while we dwelt therein.” Eve turned toward the sound of Adam’s voice, and murmured, “You aren’t helping Adam.”
But Adam was oblivious, and like any six year old, he spoke the obvious, “No sooner did we come into this Cave of treasures than darkness compassed us round about, until we can no longer see each other ; and all the pleasure of this life has come to an end.”
Then, Adam and Eve had their very first “Couple’s spat”.
Adam got a bellyful of Eve’s raillery. He also grew tired of the darkness, and eventually of the excruciatingly long silence coming from Eve. So he began to smite himself, until he fell to the ground dead.
In case you’re wondering; To smite, means to hit, strike hard or attack with a powerful or disastrous effect.
Eve heard the crash, and she began frantically searching for Adam, eventually finding his corpse. She remained with him, silent and afraid from a fear of darkness. Then God sent his word to Adam and raised him again.
Adam asked God, “What is this darkness and how long will it last? Why did you plague us with it and where did it come from? In the garden we never saw it and I was not hidden from Eve, nor was she ever hidden from me! We were never separated like this. We were so bright we could always see each other. God, will this last forever?”
God said to Adam, “O Adam, so long as the good angel was obedient to me, a bright light rested on him and his hosts. But he transgressed My commandment, I deprived him of his bright nature, and he became dark. And when he was in the heavens, in the realm of the light, he knew naught of darkness. And on thee, O Adam, while in my garden and obedient to me, did that bright light rest also. But when I heard of thy transgression, I deprived thee of that bright light.”
“Yet, of my mercy, I did not turn thee into darkness, but I made thee thy body of flesh, over which I spread this skin, in order that it my bear cold and heat. If I had let my wrath fall heavily upon thee, I should have destroyed thee; and had I turned thee into darkness, it would have been as if I killed thee. But in my mercy I made thee as thou art;”
“When thou didst transgress My commandment, O Adam, I drove thee from the garden, and made thee come forth into this land; and commanded thee to dwell in this cave; and darkness came upon thee, as it did upon him who transgressed my commandment. Thus, O Adam, has this night deceived thee. It is not to last forever; but is only of twelve hours; when it is over, daylight will return.”
Who is this good angel, of which God spoke? Was it Satan ?
1. Who was wicked and refused his estate?
2. Did not keep his faith?
3. Knew God had created him?
4. Thought he was better than God?
5. Wanted to replace God?
6. Who God hurled down to earth from heaven for his disobedience?
Yes it was.
It was the same Satan that Adam and Eve obeyed, transgressing God’s commandment, and thus, bringing all their sorrows. God did not create creatures just to destroy. But if his anger is roused, they will be punished with grievous plagues until they relent. If they continue to sin and become hardened, he’ll put a curse on them forever. For details read Deuteronomy 28.
This information made Adam and Eve weep even harder, because now they felt God was a parent speaking, and they were his children seeking mercy.
He was. They were.
1. “Don’t believe I plagued you with darkness.”
2. “Strengthen your hearts and don’t be afraid, night time is not punishment.”
3. ”I made the sun, placing it into the day so you and your children can work by it.”
4. “I knew you scamps would sin. I know about everything that has happened, and everything that will happen.”
5. “Your children will be a light from you, and for you.”
6. “I knew Satan would deceive you, and that’s why I warned you tykes about that tree!”
7. “Had I not warned you, it would have been my sin.”
8. “I warn, so that blame rests on the creatures and not me.”
9. “I made day for work and night for rest. Daylight comes soon, so you kids get to sleep!”
Adam asked God, “O Lord, take Thou my soul, and let me not see this gloom any more; or remove me to some place where there is no darkness.” But God said to Adam, “Verily I say unto thee, this darkness will pass from thee, every day I have determined for thee, until the fulfillment of my covenant; when I will save thee and bring thee back again into the garden, into the abode of life thou longest for, wherein is no darkness. I will bring thee to it in the kingdom of heaven.”
“All this misery that thou hast been made to take upon thee because of thy transgressions, will not free thee from the hand of Satan, and will not save thee. But I will. When I shall come down from heaven, and shall become flesh of thy seed, and take upon me the infirmity from which thou sufferest, then the darkness that came upon thee in this cave shall come upon me in the grave, when I am in the flesh of thy seed.”
Continuing to comfort Adam, God said,” And I, who am without years, shall be subject to the reckoning of years, of times, of months, and of days, and I shall be reckoned as one of the sons of men, in order to save thee.”
Now the youngsters really began to cry. The gate to the garden was permanently closed, at least until the end of days. What really hurt was when God said He would suffer for their salvation.
God will be reckoned as one of the sons of man in order to save man. Sound familiar? Certainly good news, right? See Isa 42:9 Noah descended from Adam; Shem was descended from Noah; Abraham was descended from Shem; Abraham was the father of Isaac. See Matthew 1:1-17.
Adam and Eve continued to stand in the cave, praying and weeping. Somehow, they held on until dawn. Then, gathering courage and composure, both motivated toward the cave’s entrance, peering out just in time to face east, and take in the beautiful sunrise.
The End of Part 1
Begin Adam and Eve Part 2
- The first full day in the Garden
- Satan Attacks!
- Adam wishes to protect Eve
- They attempt a return to Eden
- The first offering
- The promise of Yeshua
The sun’s warmth, at first, soothed them, and then it began to get hot, very hot. Fearing that God had sent the heat to forever plaque them, or that the sun might actually be God, they began to panic, like kindergartners noticing sixth graders enter their playground area. This time however, instead of completely losing control of themselves and falling over dead, they bowed down, and took a moment to ponder.
Then they communed with God, receiving his comfort, while being reminded of the sun’s purpose. God said, “ O Adam, arise and stand up. This sun is not God; but it has been created to give light by day, of which I spake unto thee in the cave saying, that the dawn would break forth, and there would be light by day. I am God who comforted thee in the night.”
That was a huge relief! They’d made it through the long night, and all the drama. They survived their first sunrise. So Feeling emboldened, they left the cave, and proceeded down the path, in a westerly direction, thinking that day would be an excellent day to go, where? You guessed it, right back to the garden.
This is where God considered the first spanking.
But that wouldn’t be necessary, because the slithering crafty serpent was waiting for them. This was no regular snake; It was Satan, the angel who’d lost his brightness, and fell to earth, becoming mean and venomous. What rally ticked Satan off, was losing his exalted status among beasts. Yes, it was that Serpent! He was sorrowfully licking at the dust, and wriggling on his breast. This time, he was in a really bad mood when Adam and Eve appeared.
He took aim, swelled his head, and stood on his tail, those eyes becoming bright red. He made a move for Eve, but Adam risked his life to save her, grabbing Satan by the tail. Satan looked down at Adam, then toward Eve, and he spoke, “O Adam, because of thee and Eve, I am slippery and upon my belly.” Then, by reason of his great strength, he threw Adam and Eve to the ground, and pressed down on them, as if to kill.
Satan really holds a grudge.
Then the word of God came to the serpent, “In the first instance I made thee glib, and made thee to go upon thy belly; but I did not deprive thee of speech. Now, however, be thou dumb, and speak no more, thou and thy race, because in the first place, has the ruin of my creatures happened through thee, and now thou wishest to kill them.” Then all serpents were struck dumb, to never speak again.
Then God sent His angel, who grabbed Satan, tossed him up into the sky, then caused a strong wind to carry him to a far, distant land. The episode made Adam so frightened that he trembled uncontrollably, in fear that all beasts would now try to kill him. But he saved them the trouble by falling flat dead, again.
God raised Adam back up one more time, telling him, “O Adam, not one of these beasts will be able to hurt thee; because when I made the beasts and other moving things come to thee in the cave, I did not let the serpent come with them, lest it should rise against you, make you tremble; and the fear of it should fall into your hearts. For I knew that the accursed one is wicked; therefore would I not let it come near you with the other beasts. But now strengthen thy heart and fear not. I am with thee unto the end of the days I have determined on thee.”
Then Adam wept and said, “O God, remove us to some other place, that the serpent may not come near us, and rise against us, Lest it find thy handmaid Eve alone and kill her; for its eyes are hideous and evil.”
He’s got a point.
But God said to Adam, “Henceforth fear not, I will not let it come near you; I have driven it away from you, from this mountain; neither will I leave in it aught to hurt you.” Adam and Eve praised God, then returned to the cave. Later that day, they decided to walk to a nearby mountain, just to take a short look at the western gate to the Garden.
Along the way, they struggled with fear, but they managed to climb to the mountain top. There, they looked out toward the gate, and instantly became forlorn and heartsick, giving up hope for returning to the garden. Adam yelled, “No!” to life, and flung himself off the mountain, committing suicide one more time.
But Eve remained standing on the mountain top, the wind blowing her hair, except for several strands that remained stuck to her face, glued down by tears she wept over Adam. She looked up to heaven and said, “I wish not to live after him, for all that he did to himself was through me.” Then, she threw herself off the mountain, and crashed right next to Adam.
But God saw what happened, and raised them both back up. Then, admonishing them, God said, “O Adam all this misery which thou hast wrought upon thyself, will not avail against My rule, neither will it alter the covenant of 5000 and 500 years.”
Adam wasn’t ready yet to give in. He continued to weep, plead, and complain about all their afflictions since transgressing God’s command. God patiently listened, then gently explained to Adam again, all of the reasons for their current misery.
This time, Adam submitted, and listened to God. Then he said, “O Lord, do not cut me off for this, neither smite me with heavy plagues, nor yet repay me according to my sin; for we, of our own free will, did transgress thy commandment, and forsook thy law, and besought to become gods like unto Thee, when Satan the enemy deceived us.”
God became mildly impressed, but reminded Adam, “Because thou hast born fear and trembling in this land, languor and suffering treading and walking about, going upon this mountain, and dying from it, I will take all this upon Myself in order to save thee.”
Adam wept more, then said, “O God, have mercy on me, so far as to take upon thee, that which I will do.” But God went away, leaving Adam and Eve healed from their wounds, and standing on their feet. Adam said to Eve, “Gird thyself, and I also will gird myself.” So Eve girded herself, as Adam told her. Then Adam girded up.
That’s the way to tackle your depression; with some good old fashioned girding.
Adam and Eve took stones and placed them into the shape of an altar. Then they took leaves from outside the garden and wiped up the blood on the rocks where their bodies had fallen below the mountain top. Any blood that was mixed with sand was mixed with the leaves.
Next, they made an offering to God upon the altar, entreating God “Forgive us our trespass and our sin, and look upon us with thine eye of mercy. For when we were in the garden our praises and our hymns went up before thee without ceasing.”
“But when we came into this strange land, pure praise was no longer ours, nor righteous prayer, nor understanding hearts, nor sweet thoughts, nor just counsels, nor long discernment, nor upright feelings, neither is our bright nature left in us. For our bodies have changed from the similitude from which they were at first, when we were created. Yet now look upon our blood which is offered upon these stones, and accept it at our hands, like the praise we used to sing unto thee at first, when in the garden.”
*Original of the lords prayer, said to be used about 150 years before Yeshua*
Our Father, Who art in Heaven, be gracious unto us, O Lord our God, hallowed be Thy name, and let the remembrance of Thee be glorified in Heaven above and upon earth here below. Let Thy kingdom reign over us now and forever. The Holy Men of old said remit and forgive unto all men whatsoever they have done unto me. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil thing; for Thine is the kingdom and Thou shalt reign forever and forevermore, AMEN.
God looked upon them, then upon the offering. He wondered at them, and accepted their offering, sending a bright fire to consume it. As the sweet aroma drifted up to his nostrils, God showed them mercy, sending his word, and speaking, “Oh Adam, as thou hast shed thy blood, so will I shed my own blood when I become flesh of thy own seed, and as thou didst die, oh Adam, so also will I die, and as thou didst build an altar, so will I make for thee an altar on this earth, and as thou didst offer thy blood upon it, so also will I offer my blood upon an altar of the earth, and as thou didst sue for forgiveness through that blood, so also will I make my blood forgiveness of sins, and blot out transgressions in it .”
Pretty cool, eh? It pays to make God look at you in wonder. But wait, there’s more.
“And now behold, O Adam. Though the days of the covenant, wherein I have bound thee, are not fulfilled, when they are fulfilled, I will bring thee back into the garden. Now when sorrow comes upon thee, make me an offering and I will be favorable to thee.”
Now that should do it! From here on, there should be no more crying, falling down dead, or committing suicide!
But God wanted to make double sure, so he told Adam, “O Adam, do not kill thyself again as thou didst, by throwing thyself down from that mountain.” Adam told God that he wanted to kill himself the moment he came out of the garden. The loss of his bright nature, and no longer being able to speak directly to heaven had pushed him over the edge.
But because God watched over him, Adam praised him again, and asked, “Be favorable to me every time I die, and bring me to life. And Thereby it will be known that Thou art a merciful God, who wishest not that one should perish; who loves not that one should fall; and who dost not condemn anyone cruelly, badly, and by whole destruction.”
And there was a long moment of silence while God thought that over.
Then God’s word came back to Adam, comforting, blessing, and covenanting with him, as God repeated he would save Adam at the end of the days determined upon him.
- The first day ends
- God’s abiding love
Adam and Eve returned to the cave, arriving outside just as night fell. But they soon began to feel sorrow, so they started weeping, entreating God to bring the sun back and not make them go in and live in that dark gloomy cave! They would rather die.
God took a deep breath, and he exhaled very slowly. Then, he looked down upon them with sorrow, for all they’d done with fervent hearts, on account of the trouble they’d experienced, their human form instead of the bright nature, and on account of all the misery that had come upon them this day in a strange land.
It had been a tough first day for the kids, but with some girding, they’d made it through.
Therefore, God wasn’t angry with them. He was patient, long-suffering, and forbearing towards the children, refusing to abandoned them, and never failing to heed their prayers. He took time again to re-explain His purpose for the sun, how His covenant could not be fulfilled without night, about the passing of days, hours, and years, and how, without the passing from day to night, Adam and Eve would be left in one perpetual plague, without hope for salvation.
God said, “Bear long and calm thy soul, while thou abidest night and day, until the fulfillment of the day, and the time of my covenant is come. Then I shall come and save thee, O Adam, for I do not wish that thou be afflicted. And when I do look at all the good things in which thou didst live, and why thou camest out of them, then I would I willingly show thee mercy.”
“But I can not alter the covenant that has gone out of My mouth; else would I have brought thee back into the garden. When, however, the covenant is fulfilled, then shall I show thee and thy seed mercy, and bring thee into a land of gladness, where there is neither suffering nor sorrow, but abiding joy and gladness, and light that never fails, and praises that never cease, and a beautiful garden that shall never pass away.”
Doesn’t that give you goose bumps? What a wonderful and patient dad he is! The most superior example for all parents.
Then, came God’s final word for the day. “Be long-suffering and enter the cave now, for darkness, of which thou was afraid, shall only be twelve hours long, and when it ends light shall arise.”
Adam and Eve worshipped God, and their hearts were comforted. Both walked bravely, hand in hand, together into the cave, then they stood praying until long after dark, hidden from each other, but still standing.
The End Part 2 Adam and Eve
Begin Part 3 Adam and Eve
Now, we’re going to look at the important events Adam, Eve, and most of their children experienced. I say most, because they have a third son named Seth. We’ll get to him in the next study.
I’m going to help the reader answer these questions:
1. Were there any further physical or emotional developments in Adam and Eve.
2. Where did Cain and Abel find wives?
3. What were the reason’s Cain killed his brother?
4. What were the long lasting effects of the murder on the family? on humanity?
5. What evil force continuously sought to destroy the family? How?
6. What happened to Cain and his kin in the land of Nod?
7. What does Lemekh’s boast mean in Genesis 4:23?
8. Were there any further setbacks for Satan?
To answer these and many more questions let’s must move forward, step by step, in the Story of Adam and Eve.
Adam lived to be 930, creating a blood line that goes directly to Yeshua. So far, we’ve only covered day 1 outside the garden. The first humans have a lot of living and learning ahead. Satan has appeared twice so far, each time as a serpent. He continues appearing, in several forms, attempting to create a falling out between God and the first family, or to outright kill them. God ‘s patience with Satan is tested time and again, but he won’t do away with the hater of all things good and wholesome, until the end of days.
Let’s start with:
- Moving forward
- Satan makes a comeback
- Further promises of the Messiah
- Three Tokens to comfort
Satan watched Adam and Eve. It was pitch black, and they were in the cave communing with God. He made an apparition, transforming his hosts, and placed a flashing fire into his hands. Suddenly, Adam and Eve were enveloped in a great light. Then Satan placed his throne down near the entrance to the cave. But he could not enter it while they prayed. His hosts began to sing praises, because Satan wished for Adam and Eve to think angels were visiting.
Adam said to Eve, “Look at that great light, listen to those many songs of praise, and at that host standing outside. Where did all this come from, and why won’t they come inside? If they were from God, they would come in to us and tell us what they’re doing.”
So Adam prayed fervently to God, asking for some answers. He had no sooner finished, when an Angel of God appeared before him saying, “O Adam, fear not. This is Satan and his hosts. He want’s to deceive you. The first time he was a serpent, but this time he came as an angel of light, hoping you would worship him right before God as you communed.”
Then the Angel seized Satan, stripping him of the light, and bringing him before Adam and Eve, so they could see him in his hideous form. Naturally, they were shocked at the sight. Then the Angel said, “This hideous form has been his ever since God made him fall from heaven. He could not have come near you in it, therefore he transformed himself into an Angel of light.”
The Angel drove Satan and his hosts away from Adam and Eve, then it said, “Fear not; God who created you, will strengthen you.” Then the Angel disappeared, but Adam and Eve were still frightened and divided in their thoughts. When morning arrived, they prayed, then went out to seek the garden. Their thoughts were towards it, because, thanks to Satan’s light show, they were again unhappy about being forced into leaving it.
When that wily Satan saw them walking, he gathered up his hosts, and came to Adam and Eve on a cloud, still intent on deceiving them. Adam and Eve thought they were recognizing an Angel of God, coming to comfort them for leaving the garden. Adam spread his hands, and beseeched God to make him understand what this apparition was.
Satan, the hater of all good, said to him, “O Adam, I am an Angel of the great God; and, behold the hosts that surround me. God has sent me and them to take thee and bring thee to the border of the garden northwards; to the shore of the clear sea, and bathe thee and Eve in it, and raise you to your former gladness, that ye return again to the garden.”
Those sweet deceptive words from Satan were the exactly what Adam and Eve longed to hear. Yet, God waited this time to see how strong Adam would be; whether he could be overcome as Eve was in the garden, or if he would resist.
Then Satan called out to the gullible tots, “Behold, we go to the sea of water”, and they both began to follow him. The party marched north, to a high mountain, one without steps to it’s top. And as they neared the summit, Satan drew close, hoping to throw Adam and Eve down, to kill them, and keep the earth for himself and his hosts.
God saw what was happening, knowing Satan’s plan and that Adam was meek. So He spoke to Satan in a loud voice and cursed him. Satan and his hosts fled, leaving Adam and Eve alone at the top of the mountain, with Eden spread out below them. They wept before God, and begged for forgiveness. Then God spoke, “Know thou and understand concerning this Satan, that he seeks to deceive thee and thy seed after thee.”
As Adam continued crying, he begged for a token from the garden, anything so he could be comforted. God thought it over, then he sent the Angel Michael to a far sea, to take from there golden rods to bring back to Adam. This was to comfort Adam in the cave. The rods would shine forth a light at night, and put an end to his fear of darkness.
Then God commanded the Angel Gabriel to go to the garden, speak to the Cherubim, and say “Behold, God has commanded me to come into the garden, and to take some sweet smelling incense to Adam.” When the Cherubim heard Gabriel, it said, “Well”. Then God commanded the Angel Raphael to also go to the garden, speak to the Cherubim, take some myrre, and bring that to Adam. Again, the Cherubim said, “Well”.
That Cherubim shure was a creature of few words.
The Angels brought the three items to God, as he waited by the Tree of Life. Then God said, “Dip them into the spring of water, then take them and sprinkle their water over Adam and Eve, that they be a little comforted in their sorrow, and then give them to Adam and Eve.” The Angels did as commanded. When Adam saw the tokens, he rejoiced and wept.
God said to Adam, “Thou didst ask of me something from the garden, to be comforted by, and I have given thee three tokens as consolation, so that you will trust in Me and in My Covenant with thee. For I will come and save thee; and kings shall bring me when in the flesh, gold incense, and myrrh; gold as a token of My kingdom, incense as a token of my divinity, and myrrh as a token of My suffering and of My death. But, O Adam put these by thee in the cave; the gold, that it may shed light over thee by night; the incense, that thou smell it’s sweet savor; and the myrrh, to comfort thee in thy sorrow.”
The number 3 is very important in scripture! The sprinkling of water, was used for purification (Nu 19:2,17). Sprinkled blood was used for consecration (Ex 29:12,16,21). Also, Adam wasn’t the last man to speak to God on a mountain top.
When Adam heard these words, he worshiped before God. Eve joined him, and both gave thanks, because God had dealt mercifully with them. Then God commanded the Angels Suriyel and Salathiel to bring the items, along with Adam and Eve, down from the mountain, and return them back to the Cave of Treasures.
Ah Ha! A clue about why it’s called “The Cave Of Treasures”.
The Angels laid seventy gold rods on the south side of the cave, twelve pounds of incense on the east side, and three pounds of myrrh on the west side. The entrance to the cave was on the north side. They stuck around long enough to comfort our weary expeditionaries, then left.
In Torah, numbers 70, 12, & 3 have great significance, as do each of the three tokens given to Adam and Eve. A study on this incident alone, could occupy a student of scripture for a very long time.
- More tricks and chicanery
- Forty-three days can’t cancel one hour
- The first human hunger and thirst
- Satan: The Pyromaniac
On the eighth day, Adam and Eve were beginning to smell a little bit “gamey” and were feeling the effects of “cave fever”. So they realized it was high time to get out, take a dip in the sea, and spend some quality time praying for more tokens, returning to the garden, or for a move to somewhere different. Adam said, “Come, let’s go down into this sea, and come not out of it for 35 days, when I shall come to thee. And let’s pray to God with fervent heart and sweet voice, to forgive us. I will go to another place, and go, down to the sea, and do like thee.”
Satan, the enabler, and a willing helper to break any agreement with your man, searched all over to find Eve. He located them both, separated and standing in the water praying. Satan said to himself, “Adam and Eve are thus standing in that water beseeching God to forgive them their transgression, and to restore them to their former state, and to take them from under my hand. But I, will deceive them, so that they shall come out of the water, and not fulfill their vow. I am a Genius!”
So he went to Eve first, appearing as an angel of light, tempting her to come out of the water with sweet talk, saying “Peace be unto thee! Be glad and rejoice! God is favorable to you, and he sent me to Adam. I have brought him the glad tidings of salvation, and of his being filled with bright light as he was at first. And Adam, in his joy for his restoration, has sent me to thee, that thou come to me, in order that I crown thee with light like him.”
Satan was not finished yet, “Adam said unto me, ‘Speak unto Eve; if she does not come with thee, tell her of the sign when we were on top of the mountain; how God sent his angels who took us and brought us to the Cave of Treasures; and laid the gold on the southern side ; incense on the eastern side; and myrre on the western side’. Now come to him.”
Maybe Satan’s been doing some snooping’ around.
When Eve heard these words she rejoiced greatly. Believing that Satan’s appearance was the real deal, she came out of the sea, and went with him. Satan took the lead as they walked, until they came to Adam, then Satan hid himself from her, and Eve saw him no more.
Eve walked up behind Adam, who was still praying. He turned around to look, and seeing it was Eve, Adam sank down into the water from grief, nearly drowning. But God pulled him back up, and said, “Go up the high bank to Eve.” And when he came to her Adam asked, “Who said to thee, ‘come hither’?” Eve told Adam about all that had happened. Adam grieved, then he reminded Eve about how devious Satan could be. They talked for a few minutes longer, then went back into the water, and continued fasting until 35 days had passed.
When they returned to the cave, it was day 42 since exiting the garden.
The next day, Adam appealed to God “O God, when we transgressed Thy commandment at the sixth hour of Friday, we were stripped of the bright nature we had, and did not continue in the garden after our transgression, more than three hours. But on the evening Thou madest us come out of it. O God, we transgressed against thee one hour, and all these trials and sorrows have come upon us until this day. And those days together with us this the forty-third day, do not redeem that one hour in which we transgressed!”
“O God, look upon us with an eye of pity, and do not requite us according to our transgression of Thy commandment, in the presence of thee. O God, give us the fruit of the Tree of Life, that we may eat of it, and live, and turn not to see sufferings and other trouble, in this earth; for thou art God. When we transgressed Thy commandment, Thou madest us come out of the garden, and didst sent a Cherubim to keep the Tree of Life, lest we should eat thereof, and live; and know nothing of faintness after we transgressed. But now, O Lord, behold, we have endured all these days, and have born sufferings. Make these forty-three days an equivalent for the one hour in which we transgressed.”
God explained that consuming any fruit from the Tree of Life was forbidden until the fulfillment of the 5500 years, when Adam and his righteous seed could eat it, and live forever. The forty-three days they’d endured could not make amends for their one hour of transgression. God suggested they eat some figs off a tree He’d placed outside the cave, and then he ended the talk with, “I will not deny thy request, neither will I disappoint thy hope; therefore, bear up until the fulfillment of the covenant I made with thee.”
So Adam went back to Eve and said, “Arise. and take a fig from this tree for thyself, and I will take another; and let us go into the cave.” So they each took a fig and went towards the cave; it was about sunset, and their thoughts were on getting some dinner. But when they got back to the cave, Adam became afraid of eating, not knowing what you and I both know happens afterwards. He went back to God wishing to have his hunger satisfied without eating a fig, and asked, “For after I have eaten it, what will it profit me? And what shall I desire and ask of Thee, O God, when it is gone? I’m afraid to eat it!”
God said to Adam, “O Adam, why hadst thou not this dread, neither this fasting, nor this care before? And why hadst thou not this fear before thou didst transgress?”
God waited a long time for an answer, and then said, “When thou camest to dwell in this strange land, thy animal body could not be on earth without earthly food, to strengthen it and restore it’s powers.”
God gave the go-ahead to eat. But back in those days, figs were the size of water melons. All fruit was bigger, tastier, and much better for you.
None of that mattered, because Adam and Eve still refused to eat. Instead, they stood fasting, and praying till dawn. When the rooster crowed, Adam stood up, feeling a powerful thirst, so he told Eve it would be a good plan for them to head over to the River of Life to sip on a cool drink of immortality. Eve agreed, and they both moved out toward the southern border of the garden.
They prayed along the way, asking God, in advance to forgive them and grant three other requests; to remove them from this land of plagues and trials, to take them to a place of rest, and give them a drink from the tree of Life.
God’s answer, included some really good news, mixed with some sad. To Adam he said,”O Adam, as to what thou sayest, ‘Bring me into a land of rest’, it is not another land than this, but it is the Kingdom of Heaven where alone there is rest. Thou canst not make thy entrance into it at present; but only after thy judgement is past and fulfilled. Then I will make thee go up into the Kingdom of Heaven; thee and thy righteous seed; and I will give thee and them the rest thou askest for at present.”
“And if thou saidest, ’Give me a drink of the water of life that I may drink and live’ — it cannot be this day, but on the day that I shall descend into hell, and break the gates of brass, and bruise in pieces the kingdoms of iron. Then will I in mercy save thy soul and the souls of the righteous, to give them rest in My garden. And that shall be when the end of the world has come.”
“And again, as regards to the Water of Life thou seekest, it will not be granted thee this day; but on the day that I shall shed My blood upon thy head in the land of Golgotha. For My blood shall be the Water of Life unto thee, at that time, and not to thee alone, but unto all those of thy seed who shall believe in Me; that it be unto them for rest for ever.”
In closing, God advised, “O Adam, when thou wast in the garden, these trials did not come to thee, but since thou didest transgress My commandment, all these sufferings have come upon thee. Now also does thy flesh require food and drink; drink then that of the water that flows by thee on the face of the earth.”
Adam and Eve worshipped God as they returned from the river to the cave. It was noon when they drew near the cave. They stopped to watch a large fire burning around it’s entrance. Adam’s face froze in awe, as he watched the flames lick high into the air. He said to Eve, “What is that great fire by our cave? We do nothing in it to bring about this fire.”
His answer soon became apparent, as they noticed Satan committing the world’s first case of felony unauthorized burning. He’d used his expertise to set the fire around the front of the Cave of Treasures, hoping to prevent the couple from getting back into their home. Adam and Eve walked toward the fire, wanting to get safely home, because It was getting dark, and nighttime was no time to be outside in this here neighborhood. They watched the fire grow, as Satan brought armloads of trees and limbs, pilling them high, creating massive flames that spread all around the cave.
Satan’s ingenious, yet dastardly plan, backfired on him, as an Angel of the Lord appeared; preventing the cave from being consumed by the inferno while keeping the occupants away at a safe distance. But the Angel had no authority to curse Satan, so it stood by, until the word of God came. He said to Satan, “Go hense; once before didst thou deceive My servants, and this time thou seekest to destroy them. Were it not for my mercy I would have destroyed thee and thy hosts from off the earth. But I have had patience with thee, unto the end of the world.” Then Satan fled. But the fire remained, smoldering around the cave, for the remainder of the day.
You’ve got to admit, Satan sure knows how to build a fire, and God sure knows how to spoil Satan’s fun.
Adam and Eve waited till they could see the fire had cooled down some more. Then they walked toward the cave, hoping to get inside as fast as possible. But they couldn’t, because when they got close to it, the heat was still unbearable. They started crying, and were very afraid. Adam said to Eve, “See this fire of which we have a portion in us: which formerly yielded to us, but no longer does so, now that we have transgressed the limit of creation and changed our condition and our nature is altered. But the fire is not changed, in it’s nature, nor altered from it’s creation. Therefore, it has power over us; and when we come near it, it scorches our flesh.”
Adam prayed, asking God to explain fire, and answer why it separated them from the cave, especially since God had commanded them to dwell within it. God turned this golden opportunity into a teachable moment. He reminded Adam that, since transgressing, they’d had many new experiences, and, although some had bummed them, not one of Satan’s promises had yet been fulfilled.
God asked, “Why, O Adam, has he not kept his agreement with thee, not even one day; but has deprived thee of the glory that was on thee—when thou didst yield to his command? Thinkest thou, O Adam, that he loved thee when he made this agreement with thee? Or, that he loved thee and wished to raise thee on high? But no Adam, he did not do all that out of love for thee; but he wished to make thee come out of light into darkness; and from an exalted state to degradation; from glory to abasement; from joy to sorrow; and from rest to fasting and fainting.”
Ouch! He’s not done teaching. Here comes a lesson about the Fires of Hell!
God said, “See this fire kindled by Satan around thy cave; see this wonder that surrounds thee; and know that it will encompass about both thee and thy seed when ye harken to his behest; that he will plague you with fire; and that ye shall go down into Hell after ye are dead. Then shall ye see the burning of this fire, that will thus be burning around you and your seed. There shall be no deliverance from it for you until My coming; in like manner as thou canst not go into thy cave, by reason of the great fire around it; not until My word shall come that will make a way for thee on the day My covenant is fulfilled.”
Now God’s going to tie it all together. It’s short, but sweet.
God said, “There is no way for thee at present to come from here to rest, not until My word comes, from who is My word. Then will He make a way for thee, and thou shall have rest.”
From who is My word = Yeshua
Then God called with His word, and thus parted the fire that still burned, so Adam and Eve could walk through it. Ex 14:21-22 But Satan whipped up a breeze just as they walked around the fire, blistering their tender dehydrated skin. The pain was intense, making them to cry out to God, “O Lord, save us! Leave us not to be consumed and plagued by this burning fire; neither require us for having transgressed thy commandment.”
God sent an Angel, who put down the fire. But the wounds remained on their bodies. God said to Adam, “See Satan’s love for thee, who pretended to give thee the godhead and greatness; and, behold, he burns thee the with fire, and seeks to destroy thee from off the earth. Now, look at Me, O Adam; I created thee, and how many times have I delivered thee out of his hand? If not, would he not have destroyed thee?”
The chapters in Exodus teach about how the Hebrews escaped from Pharaoh, how God broke their yoke of slavery, saved them at the Red Sea, taught them to live righteously, and punished them for breaking the covenant. It should be an even more wonderful read after this story. Try to count the number of similarities.
Then, God said to Eve, “What is that he promised thee in the garden, saying ‘At the time ye shall eat of the tree, your eyes will be opened, and you shall become like gods, knowing good and evil’. But Lo! he hast burnt your bodies with fire, and has made you taste the taste of fire, for the taste of the garden; and has made you see the burning of fire, and the evil thereof, and the power it has over you.”
“Your eyes have seen the good he has taken from you. And in truth, he has opened your eyes; and you have seen the garden in which ye were with Me, and ye have also seen the evil that has come upon you from Satan. But as to the Godhead, he cannot give it to you, and neither fulfill his speech to you. Nay, he is bitter against you and your seed that will come after you.”
Then God went away, and Adam and Eve went into the cave. They trembled at the fire that had scorched their bodies, and Adam confided to Eve that he was convinced Satan would punish their souls if they died before God could come to fulfill his promise. Both were relieved to be home, but the fire was beginning to burn again outside. After the sun set, they went out of the cave, and fell asleep under the summit of the mountain.
Satan realized he was the one who’d been shot down in flames, but he vowed that this small setback was temporary, and it wouldn’t change his commitment to kill Adam and Eve. Satan would never give that up, because he believed that with success, the earth would finally be his, and God would have no other option but to take him back into the Kingdom of Heaven.
End Part 3 Adam and Eve
Begin Part 4 Adam and Eve
- Satan’s vow to kill
- Satan Attacks!… again.
- Their clothing from animal skins
On night number 46, Adam and Eve were miserable, and too frightened from pain to sleep or return back to the cave. Satan, who never goes back on a vow to kill, capitalized on the situation for his next attempt at murder. He called together all of his hosts, and said, “Ye know this Adam, whom God created out of the dust, is he who has taken our kingdom. Come, let us gather together and kill him; or hurl a rock at him and at Eve, and crush them under it. Take up this stone, and throw it flat upon them, so that it will not roll from them to somewhere else. And when ye have hurled it, flee and tarry not.”
Satan’s hosts followed orders, and the rock fell from the mountain toward Adam and Eve. But, just as the day began to darken, God commanded the rock to become a large floating shed, providing Adam and Eve with ample protection, and a wide open floor plan. As the rock fell, the whole earth quaked, awakening Adam and Eve from their sleep.
They looked around, still dreamy, and discovered themselves inside a brand new, fabulous, vacation getaway home, with a great view ! Adam asked Eve, “Did the earth quake on our account? Is this a new type of prison? Why is he angry with us? Should we have consulted him before leaving the cave?” Eve said, “Open your eyes Adam; If the earth quaked, and sent this rock to cover us then we should thank God.”
Adam stood up and prayed until morning. Eve went to work designing the interior. The next day, as they looked over their new vacation home, planning when to return back to the cave, God interrupted their thoughts, asking Adam, “O Adam, who counseled thee, when thou camest out of the cave , to come to this place?” And Adam said, “O Lord, we came to this place because of the heat of the fire, that came upon us in the cave.” Then God said, ‘O Adam, thou dreadest the heat of fire for one night, but how will it be when thou dwellest in Hell ? “
“But fear not, I have not spread this rock to plague thee. It came from Satan, who promised thee Godhead and majesty. It is he who threw down this rock to kill thee and Eve under it, and prevent you from living upon the earth. But, in mercy for you, just as that rock was falling down upon you, I commanded it to form an awning over you; and the rock under you, to lower itself.”
God spoke further, revealing a great prophesy; He said, “Satan will raise the Jews to kill me, to lay me inside a rock, to seal it with a stone. And there I’ll remain for three days and three nights. But on the third day, I shall arise again, and it shall be salvation to thee, O Adam and thy seed, to believe in me. But O Adam, I will not bring thee from under this rock until three days and three nights are passed.”
And Yeshua will be the rock God’s church is built upon. Thank you very much.
Then God departed, and Adam and Eve remained under the rock for three days and nights. This was their punishment for leaving the cave without God’s permission. When their time was up, God brought them out, but their flesh was dried, and their eyes were filled with sorrow. During the walk back to the cave Adam and Eve spoke little, but when they got home, the praying began, lasting all day until evening.
That’s how day number 50 ended, but the praying was just getting started. Adam and Eve begged for mercy all night long. When morning arrived, Adam said to Eve, ”Come! let us go and do some work for our bodies.”
So they went out of the cave and ventured toward the northern border of the garden, searching along the way for something to cover their bodies with. But they couldn’t find anything. Well, actually, Adam found something within a few minutes, but Eve couldn’t make up her mind.
I’m sensing another couple’s spat approaching, fast.
God intervened, and Adam stood up, asking for directions to where they could find clothing, and for some advice on how to calm Eve down. God said to Adam, ”Oh Adam, take Eve to the seashore, where ye fasted before. There ye shall find skins of sheep, who’s flesh was devoured by lions, and who’s skins were left. Take them and make raiment for yourselves, and clothe yourselves withal.”
Adam heard these words from God and noticed the smile on Eve’s face. He grabbed her, and they immediately headed south toward the river of water where they’d once nearly drowned. But Satan, the wicked one, overheard God speaking with Adam. This grieved him, so he went quickly to destroy the animal skins before Adam and Eve could find them.
Satan was fast, but not as fast as God, who was still quite unhappy with his dastardly conduct. God found Satan, then he bound him up along side the skins until Adam and Eve arrived. They came near to him, but kept to a safe distance, gawking at the freakish sight.
They were viewing Satan in his hideous form. God wanted them to see how The Bent One actually looks before makeup. God said, “This is he who was hiding in the serpent, and who deceived you, and who stripped you of the garment of light and glory in which you were. This is he who promised you majesty and divinity. Where, then, is the beauty that was on him? Where is the divinity? Where is the light? Where is the glory that rested on him? ” Now his figure is hideous; he is become abominable among angels; and he has come to be called Satan.”
God continued speaking to Adam, mentioning Satan’s plan to steal the skins and leave them naked. He asked, “What, then, is his beauty that you should have followed him? And what have you to gain by hearkening to him?” See his evil works and then look at Me; at Me your creator, and at the good deeds I do you. See, I bound him until you came and saw him and beheld his weakness, that no power is left in him.” Then God let Satan go, and the three watched him skedaddle off.
Adam and Eve said no more, but they wept before God on account of their creation, and that their bodies now needed covering. God sent an Angel to teach them how to work the skins, which became soft, yet comfortably fashionable clothing. Most importantly, the skins would forever prevent their nakedness to each other.
Adam told Eve, “ O Eve, this is the skin of beasts with which we shall be covered, But, when we have put it on, behold, a token of death shall have come upon us, inasmuch as the owners of these skins have died, and have wasted away. So shall we die, and pass away.”
Adam and Eve stepped out on day 52, wearing new swag, and looking for some adventure in the western lands. Along the way, things went pretty well, with sunny skies and a peaceful easy feeling. Then they stumbled into Satan, appearing this day as two ravenous lions looking for some dinner. Satan wanted to tear the terrified travelers to pieces and devour them.
More excitement now, as we read about:
- The promise of a great flood
- Adam vs. The Cherubim
- Satan never quits
Adam and Eve had stumbled upon a dangerous situation, but after some delaying and praying, God intervened, protecting His plucky kids so that no lions could eat them. God issued some marching orders, commanding Adam and Eve to do an about face, then return to the eastern lands from which they came. God said, “Turn back to thy cave, and remain in it, so that Satan does not work his purpose on thee.”
Then God made a promise, “For in this western border, O Adam, there will go from thee a seed that shall replenish it; and that will defile it with their sins, yielding to the behest of Satan, and following his works. Therefore, I shall bring upon them the waters of a flood, and overwhelm them all, but I will deliver what is righteous from among them, and I will bring them to a distant land, and the land which thou now dwellest will remain desolate and without one inhabitant in it.” Adam and Eve obeyed and went home.
On day 53, Adam and Eve wandered casually toward the east gate of the garden. When they arrived, both crouched low and snuck up to the gate, wanting to get inside. The Cherub saw them coming, and drew toward them with his sword raised. But, for some reason unknown, the sword flamed out. The Cherubim wondered if God was protecting the intruders, but it was unwilling to abandon it’s post to go ask God. So, it stood fast and watched, waiting for a sign.
Suddenly, the heavens roared and the ground shook, then more Cherubim arrived. It was all too much for Adam, so he dropped dead. God was watching as the event unfolded, and he was still feeling mighty compassionate, so He raised Adam from death again, one more time. Then God said to him, “Why came ye up hither? Do you intend to go into the garden, from which I brought you out? It cannot be today, but only when the covenant I have made with thee is fulfilled.”
Then God sent some of his Angels down to Adam, who could hear their wings fluttering, but couldn’t see them. Adam suddenly felt remorse for all they’d lost, so he said, “O Spirits, who wait upon God, look upon me, and upon my being unable to see you! For when I was in my former bright nature, I could see you and I sang praises as you do. My heart was far above you, but now that I’ve transgressed, that bright nature is gone from me, and I have come to this miserable state. Now I have come to this; I cannot see you, you do not serve me, and I have become animal flesh. Yet now, O Angels of God, ask God with me, to restore me to what I was, to rescue me from this misery, and to remove from me the sentence of death He passed upon me, for having transgressed against Him.”
The Angels grieved for them and cursed Satan. Then they acknowledged gratitude to God for kicking Satan out of heaven, telling Adam, “When he fell from among us, there was great joy in heaven, because of his going down from us. For had he continued in heaven, nothing, not even one angel would have remained in it. But God in his mercy, drove him and his hosts from among us to this dark earth; for he had become darkness itself and a worker of unrighteousness.”
One “bad apple” can spoil the whole bunch. Negativity, within any organization can become a cancer, eventually killing the host. Within any congregation there can lurk those who would take great pleasure in destroying it. Any new believer should be very careful when considering new friends within a study group. Satan places people inside congregations that appear normal and trustworthy on the outside, but these “helpers” look for opportunities to influence new or weaker members into sin. Sometimes Satan uses “helpers” to spread false doctrine, or even gossip about a group leader. When the leader is removed, “helpers” can move into elder positions, or begin teaching the group, introducing false doctrines or ungodly rituals that seem harmless, like circle dancing, or modern Christian music. Satan’s goal is for you to disappoint God by changing or rejecting His word, and ultimately, to abandon your fellow believers first, and then God. Satan want’s to get you alone. Why? From what we’ve read so far, separating to conquer is basic Satan 101.
All the angels stuck around Adam and Eve, rejoiced, and praising God. They asked Him not to destroy them for attempting to sneak into the garden. Then God spoke to Adam, “ O Adam, look at the garden of joy and at this earth of toil, behold the angels in the garden, and look at thyself alone on this earth, with Satan, whom thou didst obey. Yet if thou hadst submitted, and been obedient to me, and kept My word, thou would be with the angels in My garden.”
“Ask him who deceived thee, to give thee the divine nature he promised, to make a garden for thee, or fill thee with the divine nature which I’d filled thee. Ask him to make thee a body like the one I made thee, to give thee a day of rest like I gave thee, or to create within thee a reasonable soul, as I created for thee; or to remove thee from here to some other earth than this one which I gave thee.”
“But, O Adam, he will not fulfill even one of these things he told thee. Acknowledge, then, My favor towards thee, and my mercy on thee, My creature; that I have not requited thee for thy transgression against Me, but in My pity for thee I have promised thee that at the end of the great five and one half days , I will come and save thee.”
Here God speaks to Adam about who he’s been trusting, and why believing His Word is like insurance to get you into heaven. Trust is, and always will be required, for man to make it into the Heavenly Kingdom. Ro 5: 12-14
Once a person stops trusting and believing, the doors of the mind begin to open, and then negativity, and cancer gain a foothold. Satan wants to get you to turn your face away from God. Throughout the Bible, it is written over and over, how once God turns His face away from man, really awful things happen. So don’t let it happen!
Then God said, “Arise and go away from the gate, lest my Cherub with a sword of fire in his hand destroy you.” But Adam’s heart was so comforted by God’s words, that he continued worshipping before him. Therefore, God commanded His angels to take up Adam and Eve, and escort them safely back to The Cave of Treasures. The angels gathered Adam and Eve, and the joyous bunch headed home singing songs and psalms.
The angels went up to heaven after arriving at the cave. Adam and Eve, said good-bye and went inside. But then, Satan, that cocky hater of all things pure and good, strolled up, and shamefacedly attempted to coax Adam outside, calling, “O Adam, come, let me speak to thee.” Adam stepped outside the cave, thinking it was one of God’s angels come back to give him good counsel. But instead, he saw a hideous figure, so he asked, “Who are you?”
Satan answered, “ It is I, who hid myself within the serpent and who talked to Eve, and who beguiled her until she harkened to my command. I am he, who sent her, through the wiles of my speech, to deceive thee, until thou and she ate the fruit, of the tree, and ye came away from under the command of God.”
This time, Adam took God’s advice, asking Satan to provide the gifts God had bestowed on them. To that request Satan responded, “Thinkest thou, that when I have spoken to one about anything, I shall ever bring it to him or fulfill my word? Not so. For I myself have never even thought of obtaining what I asked?”
“Therefore did I fall, and did I make you fall by that for which I myself fell; and with you also, whosoever accepts my counsel, falls thereby. But now, O Adam, by reason of thy fall thou art under my rule, and I am king over thee; because thou hast harkened to me, and hast transgressed against thy God. Neither will there be any deliverance from my hands until the day promised thee by God.”
Really? What about repentance, grace, and the saving of our eternal souls by Yeshua? No sir. Satan is not entitled to be king over anyone who doesn’t wish to subjugate themselves under his rule. This world is his, and this is why it’s so important we come out of it, before it’s too late. This also answers the question, Where is God?, and why does he allow all the bad things that happen to us on this planet? The fact is, Satan lives in Hell, but rules the earth. God lives in heaven, and rules there. Life here is short, and cruelty knows no bounds. If we submit to God and obey Him our souls will be saved, so this life should be nothing more than a waiting period, during which we glorify Him while hoping to meet Him in person.
We each have a soul to be concerned with. The bodies we now have will eventually die. The question each person must answer for themselves is, Which is more important, the time God gives me in the flesh, or the eternity I could spend with Him back in the garden?
But let’s allow Satan to continue speaking, if he must.
Satan said, “Inasmuch as we do not know the day agreed upon with thee by thy God, nor the hour, in which thout shall be delivered, for that reason we will multiply war and murder upon thee and thy seed after thee. This is our will and our good pleasure, that we may not leave one of the sons of man to inherit our orders in heaven. As to our abode, O Adam, it is in burning fire; and we will not cease our evil doing, no, not one day nor one hour.”
Finally, some brutal honesty. Plus, he makes my point.
Satan was getting pretty worked up, so he made a threat, “And I, O Adam shall sow fire upon thee when thou comest into the cave to dwell there.” Adam asked Eve, “Did you hear that? God won’t do what he promised? Did Satan really become king over us? Let’s ask God, who created us, to deliver us out of his hands.”
Then, Adam and Eve spread their hands unto God, praying and entreating Him to drive away Satan; that he do them no violence, and that he not force them to deny God. God sent His angel, who drove Satan away. Adam and Eve went back into the cave, kneeled on the ground, and prayed to God.
Adam whispered quietly to Eve, “ Lo, thou hast seen what temptations have befallen us in this land. Come, let us arise, and ask God to forgive us the sins we have committed; and we will not come outside until the end of the day after to the fortieth. And if we die herein, he will save us.” And they asked God, then stayed within the cave, not coming out by night or by day until their prayers came out of their mouths like a flame of fire.
Satan, who hates any commitment to God, decided to crash the party. He gathered up his hosts, briefing them about what was going on inside the cave. The hosts answered Satan, “The power is thine, O our Lord, to do as thou commands.” So Satan, great in wickedness, took his hosts and came into the cave. This, on the thirtieth night of the forty days and one. Then, he smote Adam and Eve dead.
But God raised them right back up, and said “Be strong, and be not afraid of him who has just come to thee.” Adam was weeping uncontrollably, but he managed to ask, “Where were you?” and “How could you let them kill us?”
God said to Adam, “O Adam, see, he is lord and master of all thou hast, he who said, he would give thee divinity. Where is this love he hast for thee? And where is the gift he promised? For once has it pleased him, O Adam, to come to thee, to comfort thee, and to rejoice with thee, because thou hast harkened to him, and hast yielded to his counsel; and hast transgressed My commandment but has followed his behest?”
Adam blew his nose into a leaf, then asked, “O Lord because I transgressed a little, thou hast sorely plagued me in return for it, I ask thee to deliver me out of his hands; or else have pity on me, and take my soul out of my body now in this strange land.” God sighed heavily, and said to Adam, “If only there had been this weeping and praying before thou didst transgress!”
Note: Weep and pray to God, long before a transgression.
God had patience with Adam, so He let them remain in the cave until they could fulfill the promise of forty and one days. But their strength and flesh withered, because they’d not ate or drank since leaving the Garden. The functions of their bodies were not yet settled, and they had no energy, except for exchanging speeches of praise as they laid on the cave floor.
On day 39 of their promise, day 89 outside the garden, Satan came to the cave clad in a garment of light, girt about with a bright girdle. In his hand was a staff of light, but he looked most awful, being inappropriately dressed for such an elderly man. His face, however, was pleasant, and his speech was sweet. He claimed God had brought him there on a cloud, and he offered many more lies.
Satan began with, ”Come, come with me, to a place of rest. Fear not, for I am bones and flesh like you. At first I was a creature that God created. When He had created me, he placed me into the garden in the north, on the border of the world. He said, abide here! And I did, without transgressing his word or commandment. Then he made a slumber come over me, and he brought thee, O Adam , out of my side, but did not make thee abide by me.”
“But God took thee, and made thee abide in a garden to the eastward. Then I grieved, because God had taken thee from my side, but had not let thee abide with me. But God said to me, ‘Grieve not for Adam; for no harm will come to him. For now I have brought a helpmeet for him; and I have given him joy in so doing.’”
Then Satan looked around, and said, “I did not know how it is that ye are in this cave, nor anything about this trial that has come upon you, until God said to me, ‘Behold, Adam has transgressed, and I have driven he and Eve from the garden, to live in a land of sorrow and misery, because they have transgressed against Me, and have harkened to Satan. And Lo, they are suffering unto this day.’ Then God said unto me, ‘Arise, go to them, and make them come to thy place, and suffer not that Satan come near them, and afflict them.”
With deep concern and a mist in his eyes, Satan continued, “For they are helpless from hunger, and lie in great misery. He further said, ‘When thou hast taken them to thyself, give them fruit from the Tree of Life to eat, drink from the water of peace, clothing in a garment of light, and restore them to their former state of grace. And leave them not in misery, for they came from thee. But grieve not over them, nor repent of that which has come upon them.”
The Satan Show continued: “But when I heard this, I was sorry; and my heart could not patiently bear it for thy sake, O my child. For when I heard the name of Satan, I was afraid, and said to myself, I will not come out, lest he ensnare me, as he did my children, Adam and Eve. And I said, O God, when I go to them, Satan will meet me, and war against me, as he did against them. Then god said, ‘Fear not, when you find him , smite him with the staff in your hand, for thou art of old standing, and he shall not prevail against thee.’”
“Then I said, O my Lord, I am old, and cannot go. Send thy angels to bring them. But God said, ‘Angels are not like them, and they won’t consent. But I have chosen thee, because they are your offspring, and they’ll do what you say.’ God said further to me, ‘ If thou hast not the strength to walk, I will send ye on a cloud, and alight thee at the entrance of their cave, then the cloud will return and leave thee there. And if they will come with thee, I will send a cloud to carry them with thee.’”
This is precisely why I personally refuse to ride on a cloud, or in hot air balloons.
Then Satan went for the academy award, pleading “And now, O my children, Adam and Eve, look at my hoar hairs and at my feeble estate, and at my coming from that distant place. Come, come with me, to a place of rest.” He began to weep, with tears of great concern pouring out on the ground like buttery syrup.
Adam and Eve believed and trusted Satan; just as if they were as gullible as those people who listen to George Clooney talk about global warming. Then they allowed Satan to lead them by their hands out of the cave, while he hoped to take them to some distant place and destroy them.
Satan has always been a talented liar. So is any good actor. After all, they make their millions pretending. This is why God forbid lying in the ten commandments. It’s down at number 9, but Satan considers lying to be his number one tool. That’s also why lying is the most common sin. It does a lot of damage, destroying friendships, marriage, business, and any situation requiring trust. Lev 19:11 Once Satan destroys trust, he can create all kinds of trouble; Including bodily injury, death, and a very rich Al Gore.
God saw that Satan had overcome Adam and Eve, so He cursed him, driving him away. Then God said to Adam, “What made you come out of the Cave?” Adam asked, “Didst thou create a man before us? For when we were in the cave there suddenly came unto us a good old man who said to us, “ I am a messenger from God unto you, to bring you back to some place of rest. And we did believe, O God, that he was a messenger from thee, and we came out with him, and knew not whether we should go with him.”
And God said unto Adam, “See, that is the father of the evil arts , who brought thee and Eve out of the garden of delights.”
“And now, indeed, when he saw that thou and Eve both joined together in fasting and praying, and that you came not out of the cave before the end of forty days, he wished to make your purpose vain, to break your mutual bond; to cut off all hope from you, and to drive you to some place where he might destroy you. Because he was unable to do aught to you, unless he showed himself in the likeness of you. Therefore did he come to you with a face like your own, and begin to give you tokens as if they were all true.”
God explained that it was He who gave mercy, and did favors to them, not allowing any of Satan’s evil plans to come to fruition. He said, “Return now to the cave and remain in it until the morrow of the fortieth day, then come out and go toward the eastern gate of the Garden.”
- Their first food and resulting indigestion
or: Two figs = Two Fig Trees = Two sick puppies
Adam and Eve stood up and prayed with great zeal to God, thanking and praising him. Then they returned to the cave, continuing to pray until morning. They got up and prayed to God, as they did every day, then left the cave. But they didn’t get far without a proper breakfast. Strength finally abandoned them, causing both to collapse. But the word of God came again saying, “Rise O Adam and Eve, go hither and bring the two figs.”
Adam and Eve rose, then walked until they drew near to the cave. But Satan, the concoctor of wicked machinations, prevented them from gathering the figs. During one of his most ingeniously diabolical schemes, He’d buried the figs outside the cave, on the east side, so Adam and Eve couldn’t find them. But not to be outdone, God turned the two figs into fig trees, covered with delicious tasting fruit that would feed His kids for all their days!
Satan was mighty disappointed! He was also ashamed, since God had overturned his counsel and defeated his servants. Satan sulked to himself, ”Better would it have been to have left those figs where they were; for now, behold, they have become two fruit trees, whereof Adam will eat all the days of his life. Whereas I had in mind, when I buried them, to destroy them entirely, and to hide them for aye. But God has overturned my counsel. Now the fruit won’t perish, and he has made plain my intention, defeating the counsel I’d formed against his servants.”
Adam and Eve, as they drew near the cave, became confounded by the huge leafy fig trees, covered in fruit, overshadowing the cave entrance. Adam said, “Is there another cave on earth besides this? Come Eve, lets go in anyway, and see if we can find our figs.” But the figs were gone, so Adam’s heart broke. Eve said, “I, for my part, do not know what happened to them.” Then, they did the only thing they knew ; both stepped outside and prayed to God for some guidance.
God let them in on Satan’s simple, but effective plan; how he’d stolen their figs and buried them, and then, how God himself had spoiled it when He turned the figs into fig trees. He warned them again saying, ”Not for his mere sake, then, have these trees grown up at once; but I had mercy on thee and I commanded them to grow. And they grew to be two large trees, that you can be overshadowed by their branches, and find rest, and that I make you see my power and my marvelous works.”
“And, also, to show you Satan’s meanness, and his evil works, for ever since ye came out of the garden, he has not ceased, no, not one day, from doing you harm. But I have not given him power over you. Henceforth, O Adam, rejoice on account of the trees, thou and Eve,; and rest under them when ye feel weary. But eat not of their fruit, nor come near them.”
Unfortunately, they were out of food, so Adam asked God to save them from starving. God changed the fig trees back into two figs, and told them, “Go into the cave. Each of you may take one fig. Eat the figs and satisfy your hunger, lest ye die.”
So Adam and Eve prayed some more, then sat down to eat. But they didn’t know how to eat yet. They were also afraid of getting stomach aches, or becoming accustomed to earthly foods. So God took pity on them again, sending his Angel, who told them “ You are animal flesh now, eat quickly for you cannot subsist without food and drink.”
But He forgot to remind them to chew each mouthful 20 times.
So the hungry tykes dug in like farm hands, eating until they were ready to burst. Then, by the power of God, the figs returned to their original size and weight ! Adam and Eve became fired up, rejoicing and partying most of the night. Finally both collapsed just before the sun rose. But when they awoke, as is often the case, they each had stomach aches from overeating and celebrating. Both prayed for help, each believing God was trying to kill them.
God answered their pleas, by creating digestive organs inside their bodies then pointing out where to find ginger root. Soon Adam and Eve began to feel better, and they eventually made full recoveries. Both made a vow never return to the Garden, because they now felt like children of the earth. So, satisfied and wore out, both children of the earth fell asleep on the cave floor, and began snoring like chain saws cutting logs in the forest.
- Adam does his first day’s work
- God provides a recipe for bread
- The offering becomes customary
- God reaffirms his promise
They awoke with powerful thirsts, and walked to the nearby stream while praying to God for a cool drink. Adam said to Eve, “Lo, we asked for food of God, and He gave it. But now let us ask Him to give us a drink of water.” They went to the bank of the stream that flowed along the south border of the garden. This was the same stream in which they’d previously thrown themselves, nearly drowning. They stood on the bank praying that God would command them to drink.
God said, “O Adam, thy body has become brutish, and requires water to drink. Take ye some from the stream and drink, then give praise and thanks.” Adam and Eve leaned over the stream, dunked their faces, and sipped until their bodies were refreshed. Then they stood up, yawned, and returned to the cave for a good long nap.
On day number 84 they took two figs from the trees, hung them inside the cave, and asked God to show them some more food. But God commanded them, “Hurry and go west, to a land of dark soil, and there ye shall find food.”
Not too far from the cave, Adam and Eve found a large field of dark rich soil, with wheat growing in the ear and mature trees, with figs to eat. Adam rejoiced over it, then he heard God say, “Take of this wheat and make thee bread of it, to nourish thy body withal.” God gave Adam knowledge to work the grain until it became flat bread, which they roasted over the remaining hot coals from Satan’s previous arson attempt.
At the end of the day, Adam and Eve retired into the cave, faint and weary from all they’d accomplished. Adam was encouraged, so he rejoiced, because now Eve could cook while he farmed.
But when Adam and Eve went back to the land of dark soil the next time, hoping to harvest some wheat, their sickle was missing, so they girded themselves and pulled up the wheat by hand until the harvest was finished. They placed the wheat into a heap, and, faint from heat and thirst, each laid down under a nearby shady tree, where the cool breeze fanned them into a nice snooze.
But Satan, the hater of any good days work, gathered his hosts. Seeing that Adam and Eve were dozing, and contented by hard work, he called for his hosts to burn the wheat they’d collected and to empty their drinking water. Satan told his hosts, “When they awake and return to the cave, they will be near death from hunger and thirst. We will lead them astray, where they may, perhaps, deny God and he destroy them. Then we shall also be rid of them.”
Adam and Eve awoke from the snap-crack el-pop! of burning wheat. Both wept as they walked back to the cave. But as they climbed up the hill, Satan and his hosts met them in the form of Angels praising God.
Satan said, “O Adam, it seems Satan has burned up the wheat.” Adam replied, “Ay”.
Satan asked, “Why art thou so consumed with hunger and thirst? Come back with us. God sent us to thee, to show thee another field of corn, better than that, and beyond it is a fountain of water, and many good trees, where thou shalt dwell near it, and work the corn field to a better purpose than that which Satan has consumed.”
Adam thought, ‘This is my lucky day; these are Angels!’, so he and Eve went along with them, toward a far away land and the promise of corn, trees, and a fountain of water. Eight days later, they both fell dead from hunger and thirst. Of course, Satan and his hosts vanished.
But God looked upon Adam and Eve with pity for how Satan had made them perish, and he sent his word into them, raising them one more time from their state of death. Adam accused God of burning the wheat, dumping their water, and sending His Angels to waylay, then force them to starve to death. He asked God, “Wilt thou make us perish? If this be from thee, O God, then take away our souls, but punish us not.”
God set him straight. “I did not burn down the wheat, I did not pour out the water bucket, and I did not send My angels to lead thee astray.” He reminded Adam, “It was Satan, thy master, to whom thou hast subjected thyself. All the promises he has made you, verily are but feint, and deceit, and a lie. But now, O Adam, thou shalt acknowledge My good deeds done to thee.”
Then God commanded his Angels to bring Adam and Eve back to the field, where their wheat and water were restored. In the field was also now a tree, filled with solid manna. The Angels commanded Adam and Eve to eat the manna whenever they were hungry. God adjourned Satan with a curse, preventing him from returning to destroy the field of wheat.
Adam and Eve took some wheat home, then he went back up to the mountain, where they’d made their first offering of blood. There, Adam made another offering to God, beseeching to him, “O God, when we were in the Garden, we offered up praises like this, and our innocence went up to thee like incense. But now, O God, accept this offering from us, and turn us not back, reft of Thy mercy.”
God said to Adam and Eve, “Since ye have made this oblation, and have offered it to me, I shall make it My flesh, when I come down upon the earth to save you; and I shall cause it to be offered continually upon an altar, for forgiveness and for mercy, unto those who partake of it duly.”
There it is again. But wait! That’s not all.
God sent a fire upon the offering, before Adam and Eve, filling it with brightness. Then, grace, light, and the Holy Spirit came down upon the oblation. God commanded an angel to take fire-tongs, to use as a spoon, to remove some of the offering. The angel brought it to Adam and Eve as a symbol, filling their hearts with joy and gladness, and brightening their souls, which caused them to give praises to God.
God said to Adam, “This shall be unto you a custom, to do so, when affliction and sorrow come upon you. But your deliverance and your entrance into the Garden shall not be until the days are fulfilled, as agreed between you and Me; were it not so, I would, of My mercy and pity for you, bring you back to My garden and to My favor for the sake of the offering you have just made in my name.””
Adam and Eve returned to the Cave of Treasures, full of joy in their hearts. Then Adam said to Eve, “Let us do this three times every week, on the fourth day Wednesday, on the preparation day Friday, and on the Sabbath day for the rest of our lives.” And as they each agreed to these words between themselves, God was pleased with their thoughts, and with the resolution they had each taken with the other.
After this came the word of God to Adam, “O Adam, thou hast determined beforehand the days in which sufferings shall come upon me, when I am made flesh; for they are the fourth Wednesday, and the preparation day Friday. But as to the first day, I created in it all things, and I raised the heavens. And again, through my rising again on this day, will I create joy, and raise them on high, who believe in me; O Adam, offer this obligation all the days of thy life.”
But Adam continued to make the offerings, three times per week, until the end of seven weeks. On the first day, which was the fiftieth, he made an offering, and he and Eve brought it to the altar as they were taught.
This is a prophesy about the death and resurrection of Yeshua (Lk 23:56- 24:7), and the Feast of Weeks (Lev 23:15), one of seven feasts to be observed, as commanded to the Hebrews by YHWH (Lev 23:1-38). Weeks occurs after First-fruits. The first day after the seventh week, or day number 50, is when the festival Shavuot takes place. The 7th and 50th years in the Jewish calendar are dates marked as: rest for the land, return of land to the original owner, forgiveness of debt through the right of redemption, and the Jubilee. These are extremely important festivals, and laws commanded by God in Torah, Leviticus 25 in particular. What you will not find in Torah, or in any scripture, is a command to celebrate Halloween, Christmas, or Easter. These are Babylonian holidays, brought into the Christian Church by the roman emperor Constantine, in order to bring more pagans into the official church of Rome. THESE PAGAN HOLLIDAYS ARE AN ABOMINATION TO GOD. Each incorporates pagan symbols and unholy doctrines. They are expressly forbidden. (Jer 10:2-4) If you believe that participating in any of these pagan holidays gives glory to God, please stop! If the world was obeying God’s law and celebrating only the seven festivals He commands us to, the world we live in would be just, and God would be pleased. But, since man refuses to give up his pagan worship, has to create his own ways to worship, and he won’t submit to God’s laws, the true believers will have to wait until Yeshua returns. Then, He will preside over His kingdom, where the law will be universally obeyed, and God will be pleased again. Do you really believe that trees, eggs, bunnies, stars, witches, necromancy, and run-away capitalism glorify God?
I know what your thinking right now, “That’s not what they mean to me!” What is more important? What you think? or What God thinks?
God’s favor toward Adam and Eve increased due to the offerings, so Satan became more jealous than ever. It all was becoming too much for him to bear. He appeared before Adam and Eve on the fiftieth day, mocking God’s Holy Word, in the form of a man, who stood by Adam as he lifted his hands in prayer.
Without warning, the man moved behind Adam and pierced his side with a spear. Blood and water flowed from Adam’s injury, which was so serious that he fell dead upon the altar. Then Satan fled.
Sound familiar? Jn 19:33-34
Eve placed Adam below the altar, where she stayed, weeping over him. God looked upon Adam, then raised him up saying, “Fulfill thy offering, for indeed Adam, it is worth much, and there is no shortcoming in it.” God said further, “Thus, will it also happen to me, on the earth, when I shall be pierced and blood and water shall flow from my side and run over my body, which is the true offering, and shall be offered upon the altar as a perfect offering.”
This is a clear prophesy of Yeshua providing atonement for our sins.
Adam prayed and thanked God for showing all these signs to him. Meanwhile, Satan was preparing to make war with Adam, through his marriage to Eve.
The final chapter of this story brings you up to the time coinciding with the beginning of Genesis chapter five. Along the way, the first family of man is continually harassed, and ultimately suffers a great loss, after Satan establishes control over one of their children, Cain. Eventually, most of Cain’s seed becomes corrupt and evil, so that God has to destroy the earth and start over. But, God will save one man’s family, the seed of Abel.
End Part 3 Adam and Eve
Begin Part 4 Adam and Eve
Here we see how:
- Satan makes war with Adam through his marriage to Eve.
- Adam’s heart is set on fire
Satan, the hater of all good, brought along two of his hosts, when he appeared for the thirteenth time before Adam and Eve. The couple was chilling out under the fig trees when Satan greeted them, speaking fair words that were full of guile. Satan and his hosts came before Adam and Eve, looking identical to the three Angels that had previously brought the couple gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh. The five sat down together, with Satan, the tallest of the three, speaking first, “Rejoice O Adam, and be glad, Lo God has sent us to thee to tell thee something.”
Adam asked, “What is it?” Satan answered, “It is a light thing, yet it is a word of God, wilt thou hear it from us and do it? But if thou will not, then we shall return to God and tell him thou wouldest not receive his word.” Then Satan asked, “Fear not, neither let a trembling come upon thee, dost thou not knowest us?” “I know you not.” Adam answered
Unstoppable at the moment, Satan explained, “I am the one who brought you Gold, the other is the one who brought you incense, and that third one brought you myrrh. God said we would suffice to bring this message to you.”
Now, Adam began to believe them, so he said, “Speak the word of God, so I can receive it.” Satan said, “Swear and promise me that you will receive it.” Adam replied, “I know not how to swear.” Then, Satan held out his hand, and said, “Put your hand in mine.” Adam did as told, and Satan made him swear an oath to God.
After releasing his hand, Satan began to baffle Adam. He introduced the subject of marriage, the taking of Eve, and Eve bearing Adam’s child. Satan promised the act would be neither difficult or scandalous. Now Adam was both confused and sorrowed.
Satan loves to confuse, especially when he can cause sorrow at the same time.
The act of sexual intercourse confused Adam, because he already considered Eve a part of himself. He wondered, if it was a sin to have sex with a part of himself, and if a physical relationship with himself would make him guilty of adultery.
O.K. Now I’m completely stupefied.
Adam said, ”God never spoke these words to me before. I’ve made a few previous critical errors in judgement. I think ye are not sent from him, and ye are devils! Away from me, ye cursed of God!”
Then the devils fled. Adam realized he was woefully uninformed, that he’d sworn an oath to obey a sinful idea, and these were, in fact, all devils. So he stood up, and returned to the cave with Eve walking quietly along his side. Adam admitted to Eve that he’d been fooled, but she held her peace.
Looks like they’re both getting smarter.
Back at the cave, Adam swore an oath of repentance to God, to neither eat or drink for forty days and nights, then he began praying while he stood in the cave. He fasted and prayed as long as he could, but eventually Adam dropped dead from hunger and thirst.
But God was still watching, so He raised him yet again. Adam wept and begged for forgiveness, at having sworn by God’s name and unwittingly agreeing to receive Satan’s counsel. God forgave him, with a simple, yet critical, piece of advice, “Beware of Satan!” Then God withdrew, and Adam felt a little better.
But Satan vowed to keep trying. His fourteenth apparition before Adam and Eve was a real doozy. The sweethearts were sitting on the bank of the river of water, as couples do when they enjoy themselves, when Satan and ten of his hosts transformed into graceful, beautiful maidens, who came up from the river, presenting themselves.
The maidens said among themselves, “Come we will look at the faces of Adam and Eve, who are of the men of the earth. How beautiful they are, and how different is their look from our own faces.” Then they came to Adam and Eve, and greeted them; and stood wondering at them. Adam and Eve checked them out too. They wondered at their beauty, and asked, “Is there, then, underneath us, another world, with such beautiful creatures as these in it?”
The maidens answered, “Yes, indeed, we are an abundant creation.” Adam thought about his previous “birds and bees” talk with Satan, then he asked, “ But how do you multiply?” The maidens answered him, “We have husbands who wedded us, and we bear them children, who grow up, and who in their turn wed and are wedded, and also bear children; and thus we increase. And be it so, O Adam, thou wilt not believe us, we will show thee our husbands and our children.”
Then the maidens shouted over the river as if to call their husbands and children, who came up from the river, men and children; and every one came to his wife. Adam and Eve, stood dumb, watching them demonstrate. Then the husbands said to Adam and Eve, “You see our wives and our children, Wed Eve as we wed our wives, and you shall have children the same as we.”
Satan hosted an orgy in the presence of Adam and Eve. Those of you who do not understand the devastating consequences of porn should take note. It is an evil tool that destroys the participant as well as the viewer. Satan enjoys a sideshow just as much as he does morally corrupting us.
This sideshow was the device Satan used to deceive Adam. Satan thought to himself, “God, at first, commanded Adam concerning the fruit of the tree, saying to him, ‘Eat not of it; else of death thou shalt die.’ But Adam ate of it, and yet God did not kill him; He only decreed upon him death, and plagues and trials, until the day he shall come out of his body. Now, then, if I deceive him to do this thing, and to wed Eve without God’s commandment, God will kill him then.” Satan worked this apparition to make Adam and Eve disappear from the face of the earth.
Meanwhile, the fire of sin came upon Adam, and he thought a whole lot about committing some. Satan and his hosts returned into the river. But Adam restrained himself, took a cold bath in the river, and then returned to the cave with Eve. He prayed until morning. Then Eve woke up, and Adam said, “Let us go below the mountain, where they brought us the gold, and let us ask God, concerning this matter.”
Adam wanted to take Eve to the mountain, in a really bad way. But she asked him, “What is this matter, O Adam?” He answered, ”That I may request God to inform me about wedding thee; for I will not do it without his order, lest He make us perish, thee and me. For those devils have set my heart on fire, with thoughts of what they showed us, in their sinful apparitions.”
Eve said to Adam, “Why need we go to the mountain? Let us rather stand up and pray in our own cave to God, to let us know whether this counsel is good or not.” So Adam prayed fervently, and God looked upon him, favoring his decision to seek counsel. God said, “Oh Adam, if only you had used this caution at first, you wouldn’t have come out of the garden into this strange land!”
Then God sent three Angels to teach Adam how to marry Eve. They said, “Take the gold and give it to Eve as a wedding gift, and betroth her; then give her some incense and myrrh as a present; and be ye, thou and she, one flesh.” Adam did all he was told, placing the gold into Eve’s bosom. Then, the angels commanded them, “Arise and pray forty days and nights; and After that, Adam is to come into his wife.”
That would be an act, pure and undefiled; then they would have children, who would multiply and replenish the face of the earth. At the end of fasting and praying, Adam and Eve came together, as the Angels had directed. From the time they’d left the garden until Adam wedded Eve were 223 days. Thus was Satan’s war with Adam was defeated.
Our story continues with:
- The birth of Cain and Luluwa
- Cain’s jealousy
- Satan controls Cain
Adam and Eve dwelt on the earth working, in order to continue in the well-being of their bodies; and it was so until Eve’s nine months of child bearing were up. Then she knew the time was near, so she said to Adam, “This cave is a pure spot by reason of the signs brought within it since we left the garden; and we shall pray in it. It is not right, then, that I should bring forth in it; let us rather return to the sheltering rock, which Satan hurled at us, when he wished to kill us with it; but was held up and spread as an awning over us by the command of God; and formed our vacation home.”
Satan still wanted to kill them. Pregnancy places a woman into a vulnerable situation. Just ask Rosemary about hers. There’s more here in common with that movie. Stay with me.
Maybe their vacation home would be a better location. So Adam did what any good husband would do; he listened to his wife, and obeyed her. But when the time came, Eve’s labor was very difficult. Adam was very sorry, and his heart suffered for her sake, because she was close to death. The words God had earlier spoken about Eve, “I will greatly increase your pain in childbirth, you will bring forth children in pain.” were very true.
So Adam prayed to God,”O Lord look upon me with the eye of thy mercy, and bring her out of her distress.” And God looked upon Eve, delivering her from pain, pain which was understandable; she giving birth to twins. She brought forth her first son, and with him a daughter; commonly known as fraternal twins. Eight days later, they named the girl Luluwa (beautiful), and the boy Cain (hater). Forty days later, Adam and Eve made an offering to God on behalf of Cain, but Eve insisted they make one separately for Luluwa.
Adam held Cain, and stood before the Altar, as a bright light from heaven shone upon the offering. Eve held Luluwa and watched from a distance. When Adam was finished, they all came down from the offering full of joy. When eighty days had passed, they all went back to make a separate offering for Luluwa. God also accepted that offering.
Afterwards, the family drew near together, and came down the mountain, rejoicing. They returned, not to the Rock, where the children were born, but to the Cave of Treasures. There, the children walked around the tokens brought from the garden, in order to be blessed. And after they’d been blessed, they all stayed the cave, living as family.
After the children were done nursing, Adam made another offering for the children’s souls. Three years after the children’s days of nursing, and Eve’s days were accomplished, she brought forth another son and daughter. They were blessed with twins again! They named the new children Abel and Aklia. At the end of forty days, Adam made an offering to God for Abel, and at the end of eighty days he made an offering for Aklia.
The four young children grew in stature, keeping both parents very busy. Adam worked the land each day, and Eve provided a loving, comfortable cave for the happy family. But as the children grew, Cain became hardhearted, ruling over his younger brother. He was also disobedient, refusing to go with his father to the altar during the customary two or three visits each week.
Abel was meek hearted and obedient, attending his father whenever he went to the altar, and often moved to make his own offering. The daughters were normal, except for Luluwa, who grew up to be even more beautiful than her mother. Aklia was, a little on the homely side, but she had a great personality.
Adam conversed often with Abel about the garden, the family history, the golden rods, incense, and myrrh, the works of God, being forced to leave the garden, and their first night in the Cave of Treasures. One time, when young Abel was offering at the altar, Satan watched him, seething with hatred.
He appeared later that same evening before Abel, as a man who said, “Thou has often timed moved thy father to make an offering, to fast and pray, therefore I will kill thee and make thee perish from the earth.” Abel prayed hard, and drove Satan away. He didn’t believe the words, but the experience shook him up.
When it was daylight, an Angel of God appeared before Abel, advising him, “Do not cease fasting, praying, or offering up to God. The lord has accepted your prayers, and you should not be afraid of the figure that appeared in the night, cursing you.” So Abel spoke with his parents about the visiting stranger. They grieved over it, but said nothing more to him.
But as to hardhearted Cain, Satan came to him by night, showing himself, and speaking to him. Satan said, “Adam and Eve love thy brother Abel much more than they love thee, and they wish to join him in marriage to thy beautiful sister Luluwa, because they love him; but they also wish to join thee to his ill-favored sister Aklia, because they hate thee; Now therefore, I council thee, when they do that, to kill thy brother, then thy sister will be left for thee; and his sister will be cast away.”
- Cain, 15 years old, and Abel 12 years old, grow apart
- The wicked plan is carried to conclusion
- Am I thy brother’s keeper?
- The seven punishments
Now as for Cain, the wicked one remained within his heart, so he sought to kill his brother many times. Adam saw that Cain hated Abel, and he tried often to soften their hearts. One time he said to each boy, “Take, O my son, of the fruits of thy sowing, and make an offering unto God, that he may forgive thee thy wickedness and thy sin.” Abel was happy to go, and with just a little coaching, he took a good offering, which was accepted by God.
Cain went along, but only after much anger and prodding from his father. Then he offered only the smallest of the flock, and took no pleasure in doing it. Abel made his offering with a good heart and a pure body, which caused God to be pleased and accept it. Cain kept his eyes on his offering, and became more jealous of his brother, his heart full of murderous thoughts. God saw this, and was very displeased, so He rejected Cain’s offering.
Jealousy continued to grow and rule over Cain. One day, as Satan predicted, Mom and Dad were discussing how to marry off the boys. “How will we do it?” asked Eve. Adam said, “We will marry Abel’s sister to Cain, and Cain’s sister to Abel.”
Eve confided to Adam, ”I do not like Cain, because of his hardheartedness”. But she was willing to wait for an answer, after which they would offer up to the Lord on each boy’s behalf. Adam said no more to her about the subject.
Satan, the hater of family unity and love between brothers, appeared before Cain, as a man of the field, and said, ”Behold Adam and Eve have taken council together about the marriage of you two; and they have agreed to marry Abel’s sister to thee, and thy sister to him. If I did not love thee, I would not have told thee this thing. Yet if thou wilt take my advice, and harken to me, I will bring thee on thy wedding day beautiful robes, gold and silver in plenty, and my relations will attend thee.”
Cain was overjoyed, and he asked “Where are thy relations?” Satan answered, “My relations are in the Garden in the north, whither I once meant to bring thy father Adam, but he would not accept my offer. But thou, if thou wilt receive my words and if thou wilt come unto me after thy wedding, thou shalt rest from the misery in which thou art; and thou shalt rest and be better off then thy father Adam.”
That was a stinker.
With those words from Satan, Cain opened his ears, and leant toward his speech. He left the field and went home in a rage, then he beat his mother, insisting she answer two questions. He asked Eve, “Why are ye about taking my sister to wed her to my brother?”, and then he screamed at her, “Am I dead to you!?”
Eve eventually quieted Cain down, then she sent him back to the field. When Adam came home from work Eve told him what had happened. Adam grieved, but he held his peace, not saying a word until morning. Then, he told each brother, ”Take up an offering to God; the best young sheep for Cain, and the finest corn for Abel.”
When they arrived at the altar, Cain acted haughtily toward Abel, pushed him away from the altar, and didn’t allow him to use it. Then Cain proceeded to offer his gift with his heart full of guile and fraud. Meanwhile, Abel had quietly set up another altar, made from stones gathered nearby. Abel made his offering with a humble heart, free of guile.
Cain stood by and watched, but no fire came down to consume his offering. He waited, but soon he was more interested in his brothers gift, forgetting about his own. With humor and wroth, Cain watched to see if God would accept Abel’s gift.
Abel prayed, and a divine fire came down to consume his offering. God smelled the sweet savory aroma, because Abel loved God. God rejoiced in him, so he sent an Angel of light, in the figure of a man, to comfort Abel and strengthened his heart. Cain looked on, becoming enraged. Then, he opened his mouth and blasphemed God.
As Cain came down from the altar, God rebuked him saying, “ Cain, why are you so sad? Be righteous and I’ll accept your offering, you haven’t murmured against me, but against yourself.” But by then, Cain’s color had changed, and he had a woeful countenance. Cain reported to Dad what happened, and it caused Adam to grieve.
Abel came down from his altar happy and rejoicing, announcing to both proud parents that God had accepted his offering. They rejoiced at the news and kissed his face. But when Adam heard the whole account of what happened; how Cain had pushed Abel away from the altar, the very same altar Adam had built, and upon which his first gifts to God were offered; he became very sorry.
But not as sorry as Cain, who was also mighty sullen, and angry. Cain marched directly out into the field. Then the man appeared and spoke to him. Their conversation touched on a variety of subjects, but the weather wasn’t one of them. No, they talked about Cain’s bad behavior, and how his parents were rejoicing over Abel far more than him.
These words filled Cain with rage. He let it all build up inside, like a ticking time-bomb, which you and I know was a mistake. It caused Cain to became more focused, and he continued to wait for the opportunity to kill Abel.
One day, Cain brought Abel into the cave, and he suggested they go out and look at the beautiful and charming countryside. Cain said to Abel, “After all, you have never enjoyed even one day of it’s pleasures.” He suggested, “Come with me, enjoy yourself, and let’s bless our fields and flocks. “You, O Abel, are so righteous, and I love you so much, but I’m saddened that you’ve estranged yourself from me.”
Abel consented to go, but before they left, Cain insisted, “Let me fetch a sturdy staff, just in case we run into some wild beasts.”
Abel stood waiting innocently, then they began walking, with Cain behind him. They moved along, with Cain speaking to his brother in a comforting way in order to make him forget everything he should be remembering. They traveled on until they came to a lonely place where there were no sheep. Abel asked Cain, ”Where are all the sights, sounds, pleasantries, and sheep for us to bless?”
Cain avoided answering the question, and continued to speak in a calming and comforting way, coaxing Abel further into disaster. All the while, Abel remained in his innocence, without guile, and not believing his brother would kill him. Cain, remained behind Abel until, suddenly and swiftly, without any warning, he ran up and struck Abel over and over, on his head and body with the staff, until Abel was stunned and fell to the ground.
Abel realized his brother meant to kill him, but it was too late. He cried out to Cain, “O, my brother have pity on me! By the same breasts we have sucked! Smite me not! By the womb that bore us and brought us into the world, smite me not unto death with that staff! If thou wilt kill me, take one of these large stones and kill me outright!”
Cain was certainly a hardhearted young man, and he’d soon become a cruel murderer. Without considering, he took a large stone and bashed his brother’s head in, until the brains oozed out, and his own brother’s blood covered him.
Then Cain repented not of what he’d done, but when the blood of righteous Abel fell upon the ground, the earth began to tremble, and it would have brought Cain to his own death for what he’d done. As the blood seeped deeper into the ground, it began to cry mysteriously to God, “Avenge Abel of his murderer!”
Cain furiously began digging a hole to bury Abel’s body. He was both scared, and astounded by the trembling of the earth, especially after he cast Abel into the hole, and the earth tossed him right back out! Cain repeatedly threw Abel in, but three times Abel was sent back out. The first time, was because Abel was not the first creation. The second, because he was righteous, good, and killed without a cause. The third time was because there might remain, before Cain, a witness against him. And so, the earth mocked Cain, along with lightning and thunder until the word of God came to him.
God angrily asked Cain, “Where is Abel thy brother?” Cain replied, with a proud heart and a gruff voice, “How, O God? am I thy brother’s keeper?”
God said, “Cursed be the earth that has drunk the blood of Abel thy brother; and although be thou trembling and shaking; this will be a sign unto thee, that whoever finds thee, shall kill thee.” Then God placed a mark onto Cain, who wept because God had said those words.
Cain cried out to God, “O God whosoever finds me shall kill me. and I shall be blotted from the face of the earth.” So God said unto Cain, “ Whosoever shall find thee shall not kill thee; for I shall forgo seven punishments on him who kills Cain.” Before, when God asked Cain, ‘Where is your brother?’, it was out of mercy, coaxing Cain to repent. If he had repented, then God would have forgiven him of his sin.
Cursing the ground, rather than Cain, was also God’s mercy. As to the seven punishments on whoever might kill Cain; God sought to prevent his death by the sword, while forcing him to die slowly; fasting, praying, and weeping until the time he was delivered from his sin. But Cain never found rest. He returned home to Adam and Eve, trembling and defiled with blood. Eventually, he and Luluwa packed-up and moved away, to Nod.
Conclusion : Part 1
What’s been revealed, is the story of two humans; Adam and Eve, who came into the world having a perfect relationship with God; then they blew it. Until the quality of fellowship, which man once had with God in the Garden, is appreciated more fully, one can’t understand the horrible effects of sin, or the great efforts we see man produce, attempting through religious ceremony, to approach God on a limited basis. Adam’s little family, through the character of each member, represents the great distinction of mankind, between saints and sinners, godly vs. wicked, the children of God vs. the children of the wicked one. This was most evident between Cain and Abel.
Adam and Eve had many children; Cain, Abel, and their twin sisters being the eldest. The Bible makes no mention of Luluwa or Aklia. This is unfortunate, because of the role each played in the development of Cain’s jealousy over Abel, let alone each sister’s role in producing future generations of man. Scripture provides, that Cain and Abel were twins, like Jacob and Esau; that one hated and the other loved; that one brother’s seed would be wiped out in the great flood, while the other’s seed would produce the Messiah. Each of these facts and similarities warrants an investigation into this first family of man.
As I previously explained, there is a significant absence of information between Genesis 3 and 4. Many Christians do not concern themselves with details. Genesis Ch. 4 begins with; The man had sexual relations with his wife Havah (Eve), she conceived and gave birth to Cain. I believe that understanding the ordeal Adam and Eve went through, before they found leisure time to concentrate on procreating, will provide the believer with ammunition when you’re confronted by deniers. Adam and Eve experienced an emotional roller coaster for 233 days. But they were not without comfort; by maintaining their two-way relationship with god, knowing there was His promise of a savior.
The First Book of Adam and Eve describes the Garden of Eden. Within it, we see a picture of The New Jerusalem, of heaven itself. Both have no separate buildings or Holy Place, because the area within each border is holy and without sin. The Garden can be summed up as a Temple, since there was full access to God for man. Rev 21:22 The Garden was like the Holy of Holies, a place to commune with God, reserved for the High Priest, without the presence of sin. Ex 26:31-34, Mt 13:2
The entrance to both the Tabernacle and The Garden were on the east side. Ex 27:16 Adam and Eve had to to enter the garden from east to west, if they were to return to God’s holy presence; this path also brought the High Priest to where the very presence of God existed inside the Tent of Meeting. The east gate to the Garden was blocked by a Cherubim, described in Ezekiel 10:20-21 as four faced creatures with four wings.
The Cherubim guarding the gate had a flaming torch turning in all four directions. The Cherubim separated man from The Tree of Life, while guarding the gates. Cherubim also appeared on curtain veils at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. Two Cherubim guarded the Arc of God, within the Holy of Holies, above which God’s glory dwelt Ex 25:17-20, and they were prominent in King Solomon’s temple 1Ki 6:23-29.
The Cherubim guarded the gate to Eden with a flaming sword. Outside the Veil of Separation, on Tent of Meeting, and within the Tabernacle, was the altar upon which offerings were made, each consumed by fire, brought forth by God. Ex 27:1, 29:30-46 The priests had to pass the altar before entering the Holy Place, located within the Tent of meeting.
A river, dividing into four streams flowed from the Garden. The Temple had a Laver for the priests to wash Ex 29:4, but equally interesting, is the description and use given for the Northern Sea., where an intriguing similarity of purpose existed. The North Sea around the Garden was to be used in the future for cleansing away sin during repentance, at the end of days.
We know about Yochanan the immerser Jn 1:25-27, Mt 3:1-6, Isa 40:3 , and how he bore witness to the light. The Millennial Temple is described in Ezk 47:1 as a house and source of a river of life.
New Jerusalem also has a river of life. See Rev 22:1 A river’s source must be elevated for water to move away from it.
We can safely assume that Eden had mountains and was elevated above the surrounding countryside. The Solomon’s Temple stood on a mountain; the millennial Temple will stand upon the mountain of the Lord’s house, See Isa 2:2, 27:13, as will the New Jerusalem. See Rev 21:10
When man fell in the Garden, he lost access to the Tree of Life. Moses spoke of the law contained within Torah as something to observe and obey in order to prolong one’s days within the land. See Dt 32:36 Torah is the living oracles. See Acts 7:38 God has the words of eternal life. See Jn 6:68 The Tree of life in the Garden is similar to God’s word in Torah. In our own age, the Tree of Life is represented in the death on the cross by Yeshua, while no recognized temple is presently standing on the Temple Mount.
The primary lesson one should receive from the Gates into Eden, and the Temple, is that both represent the way back to God. First man had everything going for him, and then lost it. Adam and Eve left the Garden frightened out of their wits. God sent them out to prevent them from eating from the Tree of Life. He would not allow them to live forever with the knowledge of good and evil, after sinning. Immortality would make them like God, which is impossible when man is guilty of sin. This is yet another reason to thank Yeshua for providing us a way back to the Garden, the Holy Temple, New Jerusalem, or Heaven, if that’s what you prefer to call it. Through the shedding of his blood, in order to pay for our sin.
Before sin, Adam and Eve were filled with the grace of a bright nature. Their hearts were not tempted with a desire for earthly things. But Satan became involved, leading Eve away from God with confusing words. Both Adam and Eve sinned, and each received their admonishment, while also being given a gender specific description of the life ahead. God gave these commands also in order to separate duties within marriage for man and woman.
To the woman God said, “I will greatly increase your pain in childbirth. You will bring forth children in pain. Your desire will be toward your husband, but he will rule over you.” This was not punishment; it was a description of her new life, and a look at the future for all womankind. Women have babies, and it’s been described as hurting a whole lot. Then God commanded Eve, as the Godmother of man, to support her husband, thus allowing him to be head of their household. When Adam makes a fool out of himself, Eve doesn’t remain quiet because she’s weak and without opinions ; it’s because she’s in the process of helping God make Adam a wiser husband.
To Adam God said, “Because you listened to what your wife said, and ate from the tree about which I gave you the order: ‘You are not to eat from it’, the ground is cursed on your account; you will work hard to eat from it as long as you live. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat field plants. You will eat bread by the sweat of your forehead till you return to the ground, for you were taken out of it; you are dust, and you will return to dust.”
This sounds cruel, but what it describes is the life of a typical farmer. Men are supposed to be the head of their houses. God commands husbands love their wives. Men should take satisfaction from hard work, being accomplished under difficult circumstances. Man is supposed to be the primary bread winner in his family, and he should look forward to his rest when his days have ended. Man should not expect his physical body to do anything more than support his work. When his time is up, he will die and return to the earth.
We see how children are a blessing to parents, gifts from God, and how God must be acknowledged in the home. Eve was triumphant when Cain was born. Her words attest in scripture, “I have acquired a man from Adonai.” She named him Kayin (Cain), the word meaning, acquisition. But if she thought Cain was a God-man, she was wretchedly mistaken. One has to wonder what kind of mother Eve was. Did she overindulge?
Cain was three years old when his mother became pregnant for a second time. Evidence suggests she may have withdrawn some, or most, of her affection toward him. We see proof at age 15, when Eve admits her dislike of Cain because of his hard heart. But does she share any responsibility? What about Dad? When Eve thought she’d obtained the promised seed in Cain, she was so taken up with that possession, that a second son became vanity for her. What she, at first, was fond of, as a possession, became trifle to Eve. Maybe that caused Cain to ask his mother, ”Am I dead to you?”
When children are born, who can foresee what their lives will prove? 1Sam 16:4-7 Cain could have been, at least a man of the God, but instead he became God’s enemy. Abel became a delight, to both parent and God. It was evident early in his childhood that Abel, because he was willing to submit to God, would produce a righteous bloodline. His genealogy would end with the Messiah.
God’s promise of a savior to Adam never indicated it would be through his seed; proving God never reveals more to us than we can fathom. At his best, every man is Abel. Today, the world is filled with Cains, out to live their one life for all it’s worth. As we grow closer to God, retreating from materialism, it becomes easier to see the vanity in this world.
Both sons had a calling, even though they were apparent heirs to the world. Their father also had a calling, keeping his children from being idle, and making sure that each day they had business. Their jobs were different, so that they could make trade and exchange with each other. Like Moses and David, Abel kept sheep and conversed with God in solitude. Cain, the elder, resembling Esau, was stronger, and better suited for work using his hands, tending to brood, preferring no companionship.
Adam, by divine appointment, was the priest of the family, and he encouraged his sons to make offerings to the lord at specific times. This was no novel invention. It became an ancient institution that was from the beginning. 1Jn 1:1 It’s the good old way, Jer 6:16 and it will be again. Isa 23:7
Before the world became filled with error and profaneness, Adam began a service to God, consisting of truth and piety. It’s a good thing to teach and train your children when they are young, nurturing them as God. Eph 6:4 Once a child becomes a murderer of his brother, at the age of fifteen, there is little to do except place him behind bars for life.
End of Conclusion
When an offering is given to God, it must be holy and presented with an upright heart. Cain’s offering was mentioned first, but without sincerity it fell short of acceptance. Adam accepted both offerings, but God sees not as man sees, so He only respected Abel’s. His judgement was based on the difference in each brother’s character and sincerity. Abel had everything going for him. He was innocent Mt 23:35, righteous and upright Ps 11:7, therefore, God delighted in his prayers. Prov 15 There was a difference also in the value of each item offered. Heb 11:4 Abel brought the best he had, the firstling of the flock, the best of the best, offered in faith. Cain’s was only an offer of acknowledgment, the fruit of the ground, whatever he could easily find, something unmarketable. There was a different principal for each brother. Abel, had an eye to God, while Cain had his eye on Abel.
So, it turned into sin for Cain. His displeasure, over God’s favor toward Abel, brought Cain to the point where he physically changed color. This was not from grief or discontent, but from malice and rage. You could say Cain had an unordinary passionate resentment toward his brother. For this, Cain should have lifted up to God in repentance and holy shame. Instead, he made himself unworthy in God’s eye, by allowing indignation to control him to the point where he committed a presumptuous sin, by blaspheming God.
But God reasoned with Cain in an effort to convince him of his sin and the folly of his anger and resentment. God tried to talk him down, to keep him from further mischief, and bring him back into a good temper. This was one of God’s greatest examples of patience and goodness; that he would deal so fairly with such a bad man. God gave Cain an opportunity to reflect on himself and discover what the cause of his discontent really was. We know that Satan had his ear, but this was Cain’s opportunity to see the light and repent before it was too late. Ezk 18:25-28 and Lk 15:11-32
God denies his favor to none but those who have forfeited it. He is an enemy to none but those who, by presumptuous sin, have made him their enemy. So if we come short of acceptance by God, we can only thank ourselves; the fault is wholly our own. If Cain had done what was right, he would not have missed God’s mercy. This is what justifies the destruction of sinners and aggravates their ruin.
Until Yeshua interceded, acting as mediator between God and man, we had no hope, were lost to sin, and without redemption; hopelessly incapable of living within the law. Thanks to Yeshua, we now must only to repent then return to God. The gift is available for anyone who believes and trusts. It takes a simple prayer to get started.
Cain’s sin was born of anger. Adam’s eating forbidden fruit seemed small, but it opened the door to the greatest sin; one of the first magnitude. This is what happens when envy, hatred, malice, and being uncharitable is allowed, indulged, or cherished within the soul. Mt 5:21-25 It was his own brother that Cain murdered; his own mother’s son. Ps 50:20
He should have loved and protected him. Abel was a good brother, one who had never done Cain any wrong, nor given him the least provocation in word or deed. Abel’s desire had always been toward Cain. Abel was, in all instances, dutiful and respectful to Cain.
Cain had been given fair warning. God had told him what would come of it, yet he insisted on carrying out this barbarous plan. So, with a show of friendship and kindness, talking to Abel freely and familiarly, so he’d stay within reach, Cain killed Abel. Thus Joab kissed Abner, then killed him. Thus Absalom feasted his brother Amnon and then killed him.
Cain said, “Let us go into the field”, but Abel did not understand this was a challenge. Could it be that the topic of conversation along the way; Cain insisting there was no reward or punishment in the afterlife, and Abel speaking in defense of the truth; caused Cain to take this opportunity to beat his brother helpless and smash his brains out?
Scripture tells us the murder occurred because Cain was evil and Abel was righteous. 1Jn 3:11 Cain was a child of the devil, who struck at God by murdering Abel, because God loved him. It was all the more inhuman because there were now one third fewer men to replenish the earth. A human life is precious at any time, and here none could be spared. But Abel died a martyr; the first to go into a grave, and first to go to heaven. God would secure his first-fruits; the first-born to the dead, the one who first opened the womb to come to the world.
Abel died a martyr for his belief, but on a bed of honor. His death has, not only no curse in it; it wears a crown. Death makes innocent, those that die in Yeshua, and it makes honorable and glorious those that die for Him.
When Cain’s trial came God sat as the Judge, making the inquisition for blood, especially the blood of a martyr. At the arraignment he asked, ‘Where is Abel?’ Did this occur during the next sabbath, when the angels came, presenting themselves before God, and Abel was missing?
God certainly takes notice when his children are absent from his ordinances. Cain is asked, not only because there was just cause to suspect him, but because God knew him to be guilty; yet he asked him in order to draw a confession. In order to be justified before God, we must first accuse ourselves, and then repent.
Cain plead not guilty, then he added rebellion to his sin. He knew what happened to Abel, but had the impudence to deny it. Then he charged his judge with folly and injustice, by asking, ‘Am I my brother’s keeper? ‘
Cain would have been better off to ask, Am I not my brother’s murderer? Those who are unconcerned in the affairs of their brethren, and take no care, when they have the opportunity to prevent injury to their bodies, goods, or good name, especially to their souls, do, in effect, speak Cain’s language. Lev 19:17 and Phil 2-4
Murder is a crying sin; none more so. Blood calls for blood; the blood of the murdered for the blood of the murderer. It cries in the dying words of Zechariah. 2Chr 24:22 Abel’s blood was said to cry out from the ground, or the earth, which opened it’s mouth to receive it. When heaven revealed Cain’s inequity, the earth rose up against him. Job 20:27 The earth groaned at being made subject to the frustration of being forced to accept Abel’s corpse, and it resisted three times. Ro 8:20-22
Cain’s sentence was to be cursed from the earth, separated to all evil, and laid under the wrath of God, as it is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. Ro 1:18 Who knows the extent and weight of a divine curse, and how far it reaches? God could have taken immediate vengeance, but he chose to make the earth His avenger, leaving Cain with no where to escape to.
Cain would never enjoy his work, tilling the soil, nor would he find a place to settle. Cain was to become a fugitive and a vagabond, perpetually disgraced and reproached, scandalous to harbor or converse with, abhorred and abandoned by all decent mankind. Cain’s reputation would, however, serve him well in the land of Nod.
But the wickedness of the wicked brings a curse on all they do and have. Dt 28:15-68 This curse embitters and disappoints them. Cain’s own guilty conscience should haunt him wherever he went, and there should not be a more restless fugitive upon the earth than he.
That was the sentence passed down on Cain; and even in this there was mercy mixed in. He was not immediately cut off, but had space given in order to repent. God is long suffering to us, not willing that any should perish. Lev 26 Cain complained about his sentence, as if it was hard and severe.
What he said was an affront to God’s mercy, which can only benefit those that have hope in it. There is forgiveness with the God of pardons for the greatest sins and sinners; but those forfeit it, who despair of it. Cain made nothing of his sin. He was in the other extreme, unrepentant, and unwilling to submit.
Satan drives his vassals from presumption to despair. Cain said his punishment was greater than he could bear. Instead of justifying God in the sentence, he condemned him, not accepting the punishment, but quarreling with it. Impenitent unhumbled hearts are not reclaimed by God’s rebukes, because they think themselves wronged by them.
It is principal evidence of a hardened heart to be more concerned about our sufferings than our sin. Pharaoh was only concerned with his death, not his sin, Ex 10:16-17 and although he was still alive alive, he complained only about the punishment for his sin. Lam 3:39
Cain would live, hidden from God’s face, but like a condemned prisoner, carrying a special protection from private revenge. God has wise and holy ends in protecting and prolonging the lives of even very wicked men. Ps 59:11
Had Cain been slain immediately, he would have been forgotten; but he lived on as a fearful and lasting monument to God’s justice, marked to distinguish him from the rest of mankind, and to notify the world that he was the man who killed his brother.
Cain willingly renounced God in order to be removed from his precepts. He married Luluwa and forsook the seed of Adam’s family, casting off all pretensions of fearing God, and never coming again among good people.
Choosing his land, he went and dwelt east of Eden, distinguishing himself and his accursed generation from the holy seed, his camp separated from the camp of the righteous and the beloved city. Rev 20:9 On the east of Eden the Cherubim were, with flaming swords, guarding the gate. Thus, Cain chose his lot as if to defy the terrors of God.
But his attempt to settle was in vain; for the land he dwelt in was the land of Nod, meaning of trembling and shaking. After Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, he never rested for long, because of the uneasiness and restlessness of his own spirit.
Cain built a city in this world, naming it after his son Enoch. This city became the headquarters of apostasy, and remained separated from the people of God. But Cain never finished it. Those who look for the heavenly city choose, while on earth, to dwell in the Tabernacle, which is one reason why God took Enoch. Gen 5:24, Lk 3:37
Cain built his city to occupy his mind and divert himself from misery, to drown the clamors of a guilty conscience with the noise of axes and hammers; as some today baffle their convictions by thrusting themselves into the hurry of worldly business and pleasures. God destroyed Cain’s world, because of it’s wickedness; our world is next. Rev 18:1-3
It was the degenerate race of Cain who first transgressed the original law of marriage. Lamech, his great-great grandson took two wives. This was a bad custom, begun by a bad man. Mt 19:5 and Mal 2:15 Once a man deserts God, all kinds of temptations open up.
Men who have better character, through unwariness, may be drawn to follow ungodly customs, as were Jacob, David, and many others. Although Cain was blessed with many children, no mention is made about them being pious. It appears they were all heathens, but also ingenious; men of business, with skills needed in the world.
Jabal was a famous shepherd; Jubal a talented musician. Jabal was so good at his work that other sheepherder’s came to him seeking knowledge, many calling him “Father”. After Jabal used his skill in business to make men rich, Jubal would make them merry with music. Tubal was a famous smith, who improved the art of weapon making.
The wicked people of the world set their eyes on carnal things, with their hearts open to ingenious and industrious uses for their skills. Cain was the father of the unfaithful, those who achieve excellent and useful accomplishment; becoming famous, but only to their generation.
Before Cain, the practice of weights and measures was unknown. People dealt fairly with each other, and safeguards against cheating were unnecessary. Cain introduced the art of, separating a schnook from his wealth, which prompted man to no longer trust.
Lamech made a famous speech to his wives, which was probably the talk of the times. But It only proved what a wicked and haughty man he was; as Cain’s race generally were. It was no marvel that he broke the law of marriage. And calling his wives, forcing both to listen as he bragged about barbarity, the killing of a man for only wounding (emotionally?) him, was merely the owning up by Lamech of being a fierce and cruel man.
Lamech made it very clear; he would kill without mercy anyone who stood in his way. Psychology calls this a defense mechanism, but intelligent barbarians understand, however, that there is always someone in the world willing to test their skills. These super barbarians, whose skills are more brutal, never issue open challenges, but are happy to accept them.
Some think Lamech compared himself to Cain, because he’d killed some of the holy seed, the true worshippers of God, and that he was acknowledging his guilty conscience and hurting soul. But like Cain, he continued on, uninhibited, unrepentant, and unhumbled.
If his wives were afraid somebody might come around to hurt them, ‘Never fear’ he said, and ‘I defy anyone to try’ he boasted. It’s a common thing for bloody men to glory in their shame. See Phil 3:13
Lamech impiously presumes that God will protect him in his wicked way. He’d heard about what could happen to any one who dared kill Cain, so Lamech infers that if anyone should kill him, God would avenge his death much more; as if the special reasons belonging to Cain’s case would be applied to his, but only greater.
Many times, when God grants a reprieve to sinners, others see it as an excuse to go on sinning. Justice can sometimes strike slowly; so others can not be sure when to expect swift destruction. The longer one continues to presume God’s forbearance, the greater the wrath when it comes.
This concludes The First Family of Man, and my commentary. Next, I’ll look into the posterity of Cain, and the ancient men of renown. Then we’ll investigate how these folks were eventually cut off, and how they perished during the great flood.
That begins at Genesis 5. We are also going to take an in depth look at Noah, his family, and their experience during the flood. That will take us up to Genesis10 .
Thanks for your interest. Keep studying Torah!
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