You know the story of the fall of man. But, do you know the whole story, or have you also been deceived? In the time spent with God, Adam and Eve were completely oblivious to evil. We do not know how long they remained this way. True, Adam was commanded not to eat of a certain tree called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But actually neither he nor Eve had any experience with either of these characteristics because they knew only of the holiness of God; being created in His image.
While living in this state Satan was able to invade the Garden. You know Satan’s ability to masquerade himself from the New Testament. In that context we are told of his ability to masquerade as an angel of light. So we are not surprised to find himself masquerading as a serpent in the Garden of Eden. I believe it is an understatement to describe this enemy of God as “crafty”. He was and remains the deceiver. Jesus described Satan as the father of lies with no truth in him. Keep this in mind as we continue. Perhaps it would serve us well to quote a few words from the conversation that took place between Satan and Eve.
Genesis 3:5 5“For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
During part of the conversation, Satan accuses God of not telling the truth. And he also tells two lies; one having to do with the activity of death, and the other saying, “you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Here is the truth in regard to the latter. Created in the image of God, Adam and Eve were already like God. They could not have been “closer” or more in one with Him than they already were. Secondly, the knowing of good and evil would actually and totally separate them both from God. This was perhaps the biggest lie ever told.
Were you deceived by this lie? Do you realize that the concepts of good and evil are what divides humanity? Thus it could never unite them with God. In all the millenniums that have followed mankind has never become united in their ability to agree over the good or the evil. Yet it has become the quest of man to unite based upon these two factors. What one side or one person decides as good, another will declare just the opposite.
But not only do these concepts divide the world, but they also divide the church. Sadly, the church has adopted these two principles for deciding upon their own issues, which are actually too numerous to note here. And God was absolutely truthful in saying about mankind because of their evil state that ”Everyone is right in their own eyes.” (Pro. 21:2) If you want a testing ground as an example of this truth try politics.
Thus the oneness with God was lost by this deception. Mankind would forever be, in some form, the “antichrist”. But there would be one exception; an exception that would include numbers like the sands of the seashore or the stars in the sky. The numbers would include and only include those chosen by God before the creation of the world. And the first promise of such a truth, which to some seems very vague, comes just before Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden.
Genesis 3:15 15And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
On leaving the Garden, Adam and Eve found a world utterly different from their oneness with God. The shock must have been paralyzing to them both. And throughout salvation history it would only be the grace of God, a message given before creation that would sustain them, thus preparing them and all of us for the coming of the Christ.