Genesis Chapter 3

In Genesis, the first two chapters have taught about the creation of the heaven and earth, all things upon the earth, and the creation of man and woman. It taught about the establishment of marriage and the law given which forbade the eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Chapter three continues teaching about Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 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.
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.

The serpent, who is the devil, planned to deceive Adam and Eve and cause that all mankind would be miserable through his purposes. The devil was sneaky and sly in his plan, which he is in all things even now. He knows how to twist our understanding and perception of righteous things, and we must be constantly on guard for his deceptions. Satan wanted to play on the desires of humankind to know more and to want for more. He belittled God, by questioning what God had commanded of Adam and Eve. He truly is the father of lies and he proved this by saying that eating the fruit would not cause death, which it most certainly did. This lie was hidden in the truth that the fruit would cause them to know good and evil, which it did. This is a typical tactic of Satan, to distort truth and hide it among lies and false teachings, which are designed to lead us astray.

Satan did not know that he was being allowed by God to tempt Adam and Eve. Because they were given the opportunity to choose between the eternal nature of the Garden of Eden and a life of mortality on the earth, we are all here living today. Because Adam and Eve saw that the only way for mankind to increase was by their remaining with one another, they made the choice to transgress the law and be separated from the presence of God for a time. I am so glad that they made the choice they did and that I have the opportunity to prove myself worthy in this life. I love the explanation we find in 2 Nephi about the purpose of this choice. In chapter 2 we read the following:

22 And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the garden of Eden. And all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were after they were created; and they must have remained forever, and had no end.
23 And they would have had no children; wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no sin.
24 But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things.
25 Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.

I believe this to be true. The transgression of Eve followed by the choice by Adam to transgress, meant life for all of us. This choice meant that we may all have the opportunity to find joy in this life and in the eternities.

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.
8 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.
9 And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
14 And 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:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Adam and Eve experienced an immediate change, and became aware of themselves in a way that they had not known without the knowledge they received through partaking of the fruit. With this knowledge came the understanding of shame, which caused them to want to hide from the Lord. After giving an explanation of their choices to the Lord, Satan was cursed for his deceptions. God blessed mankind that we would have all power over the devil. He can tempt us and persuade us, but we have agency and the power to choose if we will follow Satan or the Lord. If we choose to follow Christ, Satan has no power over us, because the power of Christ will save us and destroy Satan. Satan’s temptations will not bind us, if we make use of the saving power of the atonement.

16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

Women were given the role of bearing children through sorrow and pain. This does not mean that we are to be sorrowful in bearing children, but rather that the physical experience would not be easy. I can attest to this fact. Pregnancy is painful, uncomfortable and causes women to grown physically and spiritually in a way that other things cannot. Men were given the role of working to provide. Husbands, are the established patriarchs and leaders of the home. This responsibility is the way that men are able to grow both physically and spiritually. Becoming responsible providers and leaders causes men to mature from the natural child-like state of mind, and pushes them to put others ahead of themselves. Life is not easy. There is constant struggle for many men, to be able to be the providers for family. It requires a great deal of strength and faith to do this well. Husbands and wives work in union, side-by-side with their wife, to create and provide for their children and family. Eve became the first mother on the earth and Adam became the first patriarch and father on the earth. However, they were not left to fend entirely for themselves at this point. Before they were cast out of the garden, the Lord made clothing for them, so that they would have some protection from the world. We are given the tools for our own protection, because God loves us. We need only seek out these tools and we will be able to find the protection that we need.

22 And the Lord God 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 for ever:
23 Therefore the Lord God sent him forth 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 Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Mankind was given the ability to know and discern between good and evil, just as God has knowledge and discernment. In order to prevent Adam and Eve from eating of the eternal fruit of the tree of life, which would give them an eternity of separation from God, the Lord cast them out of the garden and put Cherubim and a flaming sword in place to guard the tree of life. We all must live a life of trial and hardship, learning for ourselves that their is opposition in all things and that we have the agency to choose how we should live, before we can be allowed to partake of the fruit of the tree of life. It is through our turning to Christ and repenting of sins, that we may choose to return to be with God again someday. The purpose of this life is for us to learn and grow, so that we may realize the true joy of salvation and eternal life or the great sorrow and pain of eternal separation from God. I am so glad that we have the power to choose for ourselves how we may live. I am glad that the Savior made the choice to sacrifice himself for my sake. I know that their are great blessings that come through proper repentance and I have felt the joy of turning over my burdens to the Lord.

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