This chapter is about the fall of man. This includes getting kicked out of the Garden, the serpent, & disobeying God.
Verse 1 says, “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He (the serpent) said to the woman (Eve didn’t have a name yet.), ‘Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?'” Now it says serpent, not Satan. The name Satan doesn’t appear until later. If you look later in this chapter, God tells the serpent that it’ll (the serpent) crawl on its belly forever. Which makes me think that actual serpents had actual legs before this. It gets me that people associate the serpent with Satan. And that no one gets that a SERPENT is TALKING to Eve. It ends up having a full conversation with Eve.
The serpent, in some circles/pockets, that believe that the serpent is kinda like Prometheus in Greek mythology. Because in Greek mythology, Prometheus (who’s a demigod, like his (Prometheus’) rescuer Hercules, & one of the Titans. Prometheus used trickery (like the serpent did. The serpent was more crafty than all the other wild animals (verse 1) & Eve crying like a baby saying that the serpent deceived her.) to give fire to humans. Which is a knowledge. So these groups think that as, in the picture above, that the serpent looked a bit different. The serpent also used trickery to get humans to know the difference between good & evil. And just like Prometheus, the serpent got an eternal punishment. And the serpent has been worshiped throughout history, even into modern times.
Verse 6 states, “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food & pleasing to the eye, & also desirable FOR GAINING WISDOM (yes, eating the fruit gave them wisdom!!), she took some & ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, & he ate it.” Ok, here we go. Eve gave some of the fruit to Adam. He WAS STANDING RIGHT THERE WITH EVE!!! That means he (Adam) could’ve stopped Eve, told the serpent to go to hell (or the equivalent for that time), or any number of things. But he didn’t. So this WHOLE time, Eve’s been blamed for original sin. But Adam shares in the blame wholly. Later Eve tells God that the serpent deceived her. But she (Eve) had free will to say no.
Verses 16-19 is where women get “cursed” with pain in childbirth! This always made me wanna build a time machine & kick Eve’s ass!!! And this is also where it says that Adam will rule over Eve. I love how men in Christianity thinks that “Your desire will be for your husband, & he’ll rule over you.” means that men should rule over there wives, or just women-kind, period. No, it means that Adam had to watch Eve because that woman can’t be trusted to make a decision & she’s easily influenced. Adam by no means gets a pass though. God “curses” men-kind to: the very soil/ground being cursed (BY God, themself!); instead of food just being given to them (like they were little kids), they had to toil to eat all the days of their lives. And death. “…For dust you are & to dust you’ll return.”
In verse 20, Adam finally names Eve. He named her this because she’d become the mother of everyone.
Verse 21 is what makes me think that Adam & Eve were cave people, or at the very least, very early humans. The verse says, “The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam & his wife & clothed them.” Which means they were wearing like some Fred Flintstone Captain Caveman look goin’ on.
Verse 22 makes me think that someone in editing made a moment. It says (stay with me now.), “And the Lord God said, ‘The man has become like one of us, knowing good & evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand & take also from the tree of life & eat, & live forever.” So there’s a couple of things with this one! First of all, why in the God’s green green earth would you put 2 trees that humans can get some pretty massive, earth-changing stuff just right where they can get to them? 2) Why? Just why. Then to top it all off, God is saying to someone “Look, these humans down there are like us even more now. They know good & evil. And then God is like let’s go ahead & get rid of this other tree over here. Those humans might find it & eat the fruit & become freakin’ immortal! That’s right, there was a tree that could’ve made, at least Adam & Eve, humans immortal. Like living F-O-R-E-V-E-R! That’s right, forever!!!! This is when God kicked them out of the Garden. Which I think is kinda shady. Because instead of getting rid of the tree. You’re gonna kick them out.
Verse 24 says “After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim & a flaming sword flashing back & forth to guard the way to the tree of life.” I believe that we couldn’t find the tree, even though we do know the exact location of the Garden. I believe that after Noah’s flood, it was lost due to flooding. That’s why there’s no cherubim in that area now. Because it was obvious that the cherubim could be seen, along with its sword. Or else why mention it?