As we come to the close of these first four chapters of Genesis, what we will do in this last chapter is look at the message of the story and the combined nature of God and man, because throughout our lives reading the bible, we have always tried to separate the nature of God from the nature of man without realizing it is impossible to do that.
I can understand because of sin, this is how we see ourselves; man is sinful, and God is perfect, therefore, in our minds, there is no way we can have a combined nature with God. But if we were to review the scripture, we will realize we were made in God’s image, not God in ours, and because we were made in the image of God shows we are united with God in all things.
However, there are things that separates us from God, and the main thing we are to look at when it comes to this separation is the choices we make, our freewill. For it is our freewill, and the choices we make that separates us from God. Nevertheless, should we choose to walk in obedience with God, we are then said to be in unity with God, and this is something Jesus said we are to do showing once again, we are in every way like God, or can be like God in nature.
John 15:6-7 “If a man abides not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” An invitation from the Son of God who himself is like God and is God in both human nature and the likeness of God in which we are created. And so, looking at this invitation, we can see that this is the truth, we can be like God in both nature and in his likeness.
Now, what is my point in all of this as we look to uncover the mystery of Genesis? Based on what we have read in the first four chapters of Genesis, and understanding these first four chapters are the life experience of Adam, and his account of what took place after his creation. We can see that the expressions of the story are the expressions of both Adam and God.
Becauase the anger of God we saw coming against Lucifer after he deceived Adam and his wife to be called a serpent in the story, are the expressions of Adam and God. Because in his human nature after realizing what Lucifer had done, and after facing God’s wrath, we can understand why Adam refused to use the name Lucifer to address his enemy. Adam the human expression of God, refused to use the name Lucifer to address his enemy, because reading, we can see that the story of Genies came to be a story we have today because it came after Adam’s experience with Lucifer, and the penalty that came upon his life after his encounter with God, and after his rebellion.
Lucifer, now a serpent in the story, told Adam and his wife after they were told, “You shall sure die” should they eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they shall not surely die, but will become like God, because God is a liar. Genesis 3:4-5, “The serpent said unto the woman, you shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” In-other-words, Lucifer was calling God a liar, and turning away from the counsel of God, Adam, and his wife now wanting to reign independent of God took the counsel of Lucifer only to realize Lucifer had no right or power to grant them what he had offered.
Genesis 3:6 “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” They ate from tree, or took the counsel of Lucifer, and agreeing with Lucifer to rebel against God, realize what they have now done was evil. Rebellion against God was evil, and not only was it evil, it also carries a penalty, a penalty they could not escape. And what Adam and his wife came to realize in that moment was the hidden agenda of Lucifer.
Isaiah 14:12-15 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Highest. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit,” said God in response to Lucifer.
Adam, along with his wife eyes were opened to this reality, and the penalty that was to follow should they be discovered. So in response to this revelation and judgment, what did the man and his wife do. They chose to cover their sins to hide their rebellion, but only to discover that was not a possibility. Genesis 3:7 “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.” But God came to see what the man and his wife were doing, and when he came, things had changed, there was rebellion in the earth, there was an attempt at his throne, Adam had sided with the enemy, he had forgotten the counsel of God, and obeying the counsel of Lucifer, the very tree God told them to avoid, they were now facing the wrath of God, a wrath that was intended only for Lucifer and those in rebellion with him.
After these things, Adam sat down to express his repentance as he returned to God who showed him kindness and mercy in the midst of judgment, the God who overturned Lucifer’s attempt to sit on the throne given to Adam restoring Adam to the throne given to him after he was created. Genesis 3:14 “The LORD God said unto the serpent, because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:”
This expression and cursing of Lucifer, and to have called him a serpent, was both the expression of God and Adam, because when Adam sat down to tell this story, the thought of his enemy, and what he had done against Adam, caused Adam to report on his disdain for Lucifer. In this very expression and cursing, we can hear the human nature of Adam combined with God’s expression, and what that is saying to us, there will always be disdain between those who choose to walk with God and those choosing to reject and stand against God, so that we might understand the emotions we experience at times when we see sin, is both the expression of God and man in nature.
This is the human nature of the story, and a record of Adam’s repentance, and his truing back to God after his rebellion. And in this story, we can collect the information we need to understand how things will be in the future. Because knowing these things, and how the judgment came about, and the suddenness of the judgment, we can then understand why the scripture keeps on warning us concerning a coming judgment.
We are being warned to avoid the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which is the counsel of Lucifer, Psalm 1:1 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.” We are blessed for not obeying the counsel of the ungodly or Lucifer, and are preparing ourselves for the coming of the Lord, Psalm 1:2-3 “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditates day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
We are being warned, because as it was from the beginning when man rebelled against God and found himself under the penalty of God’s wrath, and as he seeks to hide himself among the forest of the earth, he will not escape, and could not escape, but was, and will be brought to trail to face the wrath of God. And as we come to the end of Psalm one, this is the conclusion we came across in relationship to the story of Adam in Genesis, and the judgment he faced. For those choosing to walk in unity with God, they will escape the wrath of God, however, those choosing to go after the counsel of Lucifer that tree producing both good and evil fruit, or counsel, and choosing to rebel against God, they will perish, which is why it is important we preach the gospel of Christ and his coming kingdom.
Psalm 1:4-6 “The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore, the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” God is aware, the righteous will obey that they might escape the judgment. And as we come to the close of this chapter and story, what we would love for you to have understand is that the expression and use of words, such as serpent, and tree of the knowledge of good and evil, are expressions of anger that is a combination of both God’s and man’s because this story is both the expression of God and the man who disobeyed God.