Torah Portion #1 The Garden
B’reshit [Genesis] 3:1 1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which YHWH Elohim had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has Elohim said, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden?’”
- Satan knows who Yahweh is.
- satan started a conversation with The woman.
- Her mistake was to talk to satan.
- Many relationships have been broken because someone starts a conversation with the devil.
- satan misquotes Yahweh’s word.
- The first word satan uses is indeed or (yea KJV) . Strongs H637 –Although and H3588- indicating causal.
- Do not let satan put thoughts in your head.
- We truly need to understand the ways in which Satan comes to us and tempts us to do evil (sin against YHWH).
2nd Corinthians 2:11 that no advantage may be gained over us by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his devices.
2nd Corinthians 11:14-15 14 And no marvel; for even Satan fashions himself into a messenger of light. 15 It is no great thing therefore if his ministers also fashion themselves as ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works.
- An unrighteous minister.
B’reshit [Genesis] 3:2-3 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, Elohim has said, ‘You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
- The woman is falling for satan’s trap.
- The woman is trying to defend Yahweh’s word.
B ’reshit [Genesis] 3:4-5 4 And the serpent said to the woman, “You shall not surely die; 5 for Elohim knows that in the day you eat of it, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as Elohim, knowing good and evil.”
- satan is a deceiver.
- Do you see how the serpent quotes Scripture?
- Do you see how he just ever so slightly changes things to appeal to the flesh?
- Please note, that the serpent is telling the woman that if she eats of this fruit, she shall become like Elohim
- Evolution teaches that humans are becoming (evolving) into higher beings, and that they answer to no one because they are the highest being on the evolutionary scale.
- Scripture regarding this lie that he speaks.
Yochanan [John] 8:44 44 “You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father it is your will to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and stands not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks of his own; for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
Romans 1:25 25 for that they exchanged the truth of Elohim for the lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
Ephesians 4:25 Wherefore, putting away the lie, you speak truth each one with his neighbor; for we are members one of another.
2nd Thessolonians 2:11 11 And for this cause Elohim sends them a strong delusion, that they should believe the lie;
2nd Thessolonians 2:9-10 9 (even he), whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 and with all deceit of unrighteousness for them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
- It is important that someone that you are witnessing to must have the love of the truth.
- It is not nearly as important where a person is in their walk with YHWH, as long as they are walking with YHWH seeking His truth with all their being
- If they are seeking truth and you tell them truth they will see it.
- The result of not accepting His truth and seeking it (having a love for His truth) will result in Elohim sending upon them a strong delusion and they will believe the lie and perish.
- Now the lie of Satan is such that he tries to lead man astray to get man to thinking that he has the final say, that he determines his own destiny.
- So the question that we need to ask ourselves is this, “Am I just doing my own thing?” Or, “Am I honestly trying my best to die to self and allow Him to live His life through me?”
The Result of the Lie
B’reshit [Genesis] 3:6-7 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit of it, and did eat; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he did eat. 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig-leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
Where is your wisdom from?
1st Corinthians 2:5 that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of Elohim.
Yochanan Aleph [1st John] 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
- B’reshit 3:6
- Yochanan Aleph 2:16
- good for food
- lust of the flesh
- delight to the eyes
- lust of the eyes
- desired to make one wise
- boastful pride of life
- Thus, we have before us the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Is this fruit still a part of our world today?
- If we are to be fully armed against the wiles of the devil, then we truly need to understand what the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil is today.
- This fruit is none other than thinking that we can determine for ourselves what is right and what is wrong.
Ya’aqov [James] 4:11 Speak not one against another, brethren. He that speaks against a brother, or judges his brother, speaks against the law, and judges the law: but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law, but a judge.
- When we see something that we want (lust of the eyes) and then our flesh (sin nature) begins to desire that which is not according to Torah, and then we come up with all kinds of reasons as to why according to Torah we should have that which we want for our own selfish lusts, we are eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
- Do you see? It is not only the knowledge of evil, but it is also the knowledge of good.
- But many of the Torah commandments are not absolute.
- Let us take for example the commandment to wear tzitziot.
- As long as it has a thread of techelet (blue, some say purple or violet), then it is within the commandment.
B’reshit [Genesis] 3:8-9 8 And they heard the Voice of YHWH Elohim walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of YHWH Elohim amongst the trees of the garden. 9 And YHWH Elohim called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”
- Like many questions that YHWH asks of His people, it is not for the gaining of information as He already knows the end from the beginning.
- What these questions are designed to do are to get us to reflect upon where we are in our relationship with Him.
- Through their sin they were now separated from Yahweh.
B’reshit [Genesis] 3:10 10 And he said, “I heard your Voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
- Adam was honest. It was a good answer.
Matithyah [Matthew] 12:34 “You offspring of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
Questions of Reflection
B’reshit [Genesis] 3:11 11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree, that I commanded you that you should not eat?”
- Again a question of reflection.
Passing the Buck!
B’reshit [Genesis] 3:12 12 And the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.”
- Some things never change! As it was in the beginning, so it is today; when a person gets caught red-handed.
- If there was ever an action on our parts that was responsible for breaking more relationships it is the act of pointing fingers and placing blame on others rather than being accountable for our own actions.
- It takes great maturity in the faith and being filled with His Spirit to be able to stand up and simply say, “you know what, I blew it big time! I was wrong in what I did, please forgive me.
- We are doing exactly what Adam did, pointing the finger and attempting to excuse our sinful and wrong behavior.
Also Passing the Buck
B’reshit [Genesis] 3:13 13 And YHWH Elohim said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”
- Adam pointed at Chavah (Eve) and so she simply followed suit and pointed her finger at the serpent.
The Buck Stops Here!
B’reshit [Genesis] 3:14-16 14 And YHWH Elohim said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life; 15 and I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” 16 To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply your pain and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; and your desire shall be to your husband, and he shall rule over you.”
- YHWH did not ask for a response from the serpent. YHWH simply passes judgment upon him.
B’reshit [Genesis] 3:17-19 17 And to Adam He said, “Because you have hearkened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it;’ cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil shall you eat of it all the days of your life; 18 thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to you; and you shall eat the herb of the field; 19 in the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return to the ground; for out of it was you taken; for dust you are, and to dust shall you return.”
The First Sacrifice
B’reshit [Genesis] 3:20-21 20 And the man called his wife's name Chavah (Eve); because she was the mother of all living. 21 And YHWH Elohim made for Adam and for his wife coats of skins, and clothed them.
- Then after the judgment is rendered, there had to be a price paid. There had to be the shedding of blood.
Kicked Out of the Garden
B’reshit [Genesis] 3:22-24 22 And YHWH Elohim said, “Behold, the man is become as one of Us, to know good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.” 23 Therefore YHWH Elohim sent him out from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 24 So He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the garden of Eden the Cherubim, and the flame of a sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
- Some will continue to choose to eat of this deadly fruit. Some simply think that they can have it their way and His way. This is not true. We can choose to live His way or He will not let us into His House.