Super Quick Bible Study: The Shortcut

Genesis 3:1-7 (ESV) Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good [functional according to Yah’s will] and evil [destruction or adversity].” So, 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 its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

That “fruit” was a shortcut to some knowledge Yah possessed, but not the totality. Notice, the serpent avoided telling either one of them about the tree of life. Over time, this knowledge would have been learned by Adam and Eve under Yah’s tutelage as they multiplied and spread out to subdue (rule or guide) the Earth.

Eve was tricked into taking a shortcut to knowledge by eating the “fruit.” We humans are always looking for shortcuts.

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