Getting To Genesis 3

In our “Fall Back To Genesis” we have really established a foundation and made headway into applying the “symbol package” (as said by Tim Martin) or the “covenant template” (as said by Dallas Koblyka). You can review the following links to ‘catch up’ to where we are at:

Also consider, the following thoughts I found in review for this blog; 

“Like the garden of Eden, the temple is a place where humans are in the presence of God, and its interior is filled with images of sacred trees and cherubim. Not only are the doors and walls of the temple carved with trees and cherubim, but two massive cherubim guard the Ark of the Covenant in the temple’s inner sanctum, corresponding to the cherubim in Eden “who guard the way to the tree of life (Genesis 3:24)”. The Eden symbolism of the temple suggests, as Jon Levenson writes, “That the temple, was in fact, a paradise.”

“We have seen in our discussion of Genesis that Adam’s commission in Genesis 1 was to be carried out by his serving in the Edenic temple, managing it in an orderly manner, and expanding its boundaries. In fact, we have seen that the reapplication of Adam’s commission to Noah, the patriarchs, Israel and end time Israel also was inextricably linked to the beginning of building temples and expanding them. Therefore, it should be no surprise that Christ also initiates the building of a new temple, once again performing the duties that the first Adam and Israel failed in executing. At various points in the Gospels, Christ indicates that the old temple is becoming obsolete and that He is replacing it with a new one.” – (From The Temple & the Church’s Mission by G.K. Beale, p. 176)

We now find ourselves Getting To Genesis 3. 

I have commented on, shared videos, and thoughts about the details found in Genesis chapter 3, which I will share below, however, first let’s mark out the necessary verses and details that are in need of discussion and outworking. Consider below. 

v. 1

  • “serpent” – carnal mind, a foreign idol worshipper, or a corrupt priest?
    A parable about the ‘priesthood’ in the ‘garden’; a story of when a ‘king is not being a king’ (thanks Dallas!)

    “trees” – spiritual significance all throughout Scripture
  • “Did God really say”, “to the woman” “The woman said…”
    (Conversation with a ‘serpent’)

v. 2 – 8 – “The woman said…”; “the serpent said…” (convo’s w/serpent)
Where was Adam? Where was David? (cf. 2 Samuel 11)

v. 5 – “eyes will be opened…”
They were already like God, it’s a lie to say they would have to do, or consume, anything else.

v. 6 – 7 ‘the woman saw, ate, gave to husband; naked, fig leaves
‘Death’ – see, 2 Kings 14:6; 17:6-23

See –

v. 8 – ‘cool of the day’; ‘Heard voice of God, they hid’

“In the Garden our first parents were able to talk face to face with God. But note an important point. They only had conversations with Him at certain times of the day. They did not see Him on all occasions. It was “in the cool of the day” that they came into “the presence of the Lord” (Genesis 3:8). The expressions “cool of the day” and “the presence of the Lord” were a part of temple language. 7 “The cool of the day” was the period when the Sun got lower in the sky and the cool sea breezes normally swept over the Palestinian region. This was the time of the evening sacrifice (1 Kings 18:36; Daniel 9:21) — about three in the afternoon. This was the time when the animals were being regularly sacrificed (and also in the morning about nine o’clock). At these times the people were then reckoned as being “in the presence of God” (2 Chronicles 20:19).”
See, &

“If Adam and Eve had managed to cool the hot temptations they faced, they would have been able to hold on to the garden longer”. – Walter Mischel

v. 9 – “God said ‘Where are you’ – A declaration rather than a true question.

v. 10 – hid, afraid – conviction

v. 11 – 13 – the blame game

v. 14 – 15 cursed serpent & prophecy

v. 16 – cursed woman
cf. Romans 7:1-3

v. 17 – 19 – cursed man
cf. Isa. 35:6-7; 55:10-13; Romans 8:18-23; Hebrews 6:7-8; Ps. 82:6

(Regarding the curses, an article by James Robert Kessler will be ‘re-uploaded’ soon).

v. 20 – “Woman named Eve, mother of all living”
cf. Genesis 2:23; 22:2; Daniel 12:7; Isa. 65:23-25 (notice the reversal)

v. 21 – The Lord made coverings for them, animal skins – atonement

v. 22 – “Since man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil, must not eat of tree of life and life forever”
(Quite a bit of discussion ensued on the recent PPH sessions regarding this verse along with Genesis 2:15-17 and 3:4-6. We highlighted similarities and possible correlation to Deuteronomy chapter 30.) See also, Isa. 59:6.

v. 23 – “drove from Eden to work the ground he was taken from”

v. 24 – cheribium; flaming sword, east of the garden of Eden to guard the tree of life

“Adam and Eve failed because they chose their own way (cf. Genesis 3; 1 John 2:16), Israel failed because they chose their own way (cf. Exodus 32:2-10; Jeremiah 7:27), and to put some things into perspective, if your trying to find and live ‘life to the full’, doing it your own way- YOU will fail. It could be said that doing things your own way is in a sense – building and living in your own kingdom. How obstinately we demand that we make the rules in our world, that we are masters our own destiny -doing what we want, when we want, why we want to, and nobody better say anything about it. All to often we live like this to our own demise. ” – Excerpt from ‘Wicked’, by ME

“The cycle of nature is an amazing thing, and the relationship between life to life sets up a magnificent balance of nature…Carnivorous animals and fish keep the balance of nature”. – Bernard Ramm 

God’s Garden Pt. 3 –

God’s Garden Pt. 5

Outlining the Creation Account (Genesis 1-3)

Thinking Through Scripture (Genesis 1-3)

3pi videos

Other thoughts, links & teachings on the text: 

Jesus came to REVERSE THE CURSE. Amen? 

 So when reading through Genesis chapter 3 in Bible study last night- I realized we need to be able to explain the specifics in a “covenantal” manner about the reverse.

 1.) We know “DEATH” & “SHAME” were immediate results. I would explain that Adam’s relationship with God was “dead” in that moment and this brought forth “shame”/ futility. 

 2.) God cursed the serpent with crawling instead of walking?!?!?

 3.) To the woman, God speaks of childbearing. However if this is physical then why do women today still bear in pain today? 

 4.) Because of Adam the ground was cursed and he would bring forth sustenance by the “sweat of his brow”.

 How do you explain these things? 

Leviticus 19:23 …..”forbidden fruit”. Hmmm, interesting relation to Genesis 3.

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