“Who told you that you were naked?“
Adam and Eve had taken the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. They had given in to the temptation from the serpent and now their eyes were opened. Now they knew what sin was. They knew what it meant to be against God, to be out of fellowship with Him.
They now had knowledge but it was not the kind of knowledge that God wanted them to know. This was not the knowledge that they would have gained by just being with God, having the right fellowship with Him. They wanted what they didn’t need. They wanted to be like God. They felt that He was holding something back from them, and actually He was, and they wanted it no matter the cost.
So they took the easy way. They took what seemed to be a short cut, if you will and now they were completely in sin, but we can’t beat them up.
When God placed Adam in the garden, He supplied everything for him. Adam lived in complete existence with God. He didn’t need anything, but something had to happen. God placed man in the garden, He supplied for his every need, yet something was missing, and the tree was a symbol for it. Man needed to make a choice otherwise how could man have free will. God placed the tree in the garden and told Adam not to eat the fruit from it. Now there is no way to guess just how many probable different trees that were in the garden or the probable endless variety of fruit for Adam and his wife. Man now had to make a choice. Either it was for God or for his own needs, his own wants and man made that choice.
The serpent told them “You will be like God! You will know what God knows!”
“You will know what He is hiding from you!”
So they took the fruit and they ate it and now their eyes were wide open yet now they were blinded by sin and now they were dying and headed for eternal seperation from God.
How do we know sin?
Through the Law.
The Law is the knowledge of sin.
We know sin through the Law.
The Law revives sin
The Law strengthens sin
1 Corinthians 15:56
and now every man and woman born from Adam and Eve on is born under sin and marked for death.
We can’t get mad at Adam or blame them because we would have done the same thing or maybe even worse for that matter, the point is that God knew what choice man would make even though man has free will. He knows the end from the beginning and He supplied a Lamb for us. Jesus Christ is called the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
The curse of the tree; the curse on the tree
Now we are in sin, we are not only like the serpent in that we are against God because of sin. We are snakes of sin and we have not only been infected by the venom of transgression we are the snakes because we are sin and we have no way of saving ourselves because we don’t have the antidote.
We are made free from the Law through Jesus Christ(Romans 8:2-4)
1 Peter 2:24
Notice that in Scripture that the cross is called a tree (Galatians 3:10-13)
Jesus came to this earth to die for us. He came to redeem us from the curse of the Law. He became sin, He became a curse for us.
Read John 3:14-18
and Numbers 21:4-9
The children of Israel had been saved by God. He had taken them out of Egypt. He had supplied their way and their provisions, but they continued to complain and whine. So God gives them something to complain about. He sends snakes among them. Fiery snakes (this either refers to their color or the burning of their venom) Many people were bit and many died. They came to Moses and exclaimed “We have sinned against God! Please pray for us and ask God to take these snakes away!” So Moses prayed and God told him to make a serpent and set it upon a pole and anyone who looked at the serpent on the pole would be saved from death.
The Law is like the snakes venom. It teaches us a lesson. Paul calls the Law our schoolmaster (Galatians 3:24-25) The Law is there to make us realize that we are sinners and that we are in need of a Savior because we can’t save ourselves.
And like the children of Israel looked to the serpent on the pole, the snake of sin, we need to look to Jesus (Who became sin for us) because He is the only way to salvation. Jesus took many things for us on the cross.
He took our sins. He became sin for us.
He took our suffering. The suffering that we deserved.
He took our seperation. The seperation that we were destined for
He took it all for us when He was nailed to the cross.
He heals the death, the sting of sin, but that is just the beginning.
Jesus Christ lives!!! He is not dead. He was raised up from the grave and He lives at the Fathers’ Right Hand. And we live now because He lives. When you accept Jesus as your savior, you are freed from the sting of sin and the hurt of death. He gives us newness of Life. Accept His payment for your sins today and live through Him. Praise the name of Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!