Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?" Gen 3:2 The woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; Gen 3:3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'" Gen 3:4 The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die! Gen 3:5 "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." Suddenly and, seemingly, out of place in the narrative we find Eve in the middle of an ongoing conversation with Satan. The words of Satan, in verse one is, logically, in response to what Eve has said when answering a previous question about the food Eve can eat. Gen 3:6 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 desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Gen 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. Gen 3:8 They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden ing the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Gen 3:9 Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, "Where are you?" Gen 3:10 He said, "I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself." Gen 3:11 And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?" Some of the passages of scripture are just for our understanding and to cause us to meditate on them. God, because of His foreknowledge, knew, not only where Adam and Eve were but also, everything they had done. God's approach here was for the edification of Adam and Eve and it is for our edification also... if we bother to meditate on and to pray over the passage. Gen 3:12 The man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate." If we never find another reason to relate to the Word of God, surely, we cannot miss this one. From childhood, every one of us knows how to shirk our. Personal, responsibility and so did Adam. And it is so important to remember that the command to not eat from the tree of knowledge was given, only to Adam. From what I read in this account, I see Adam standing near by when this conversation between Eve and Satan took place. Also, important to note is when did Lucifer, the most beautiful Angel of Heaven become the slithering beast that repels women so much? It is understood, form Isaiah 14, that Lucifer was cast down, because of his pride before the LORD made the Earth habitable for man and from this study of Genesis we will learn that because of his meddling in the affairs of man he is made to crawl over the earth on his belly, reminding us of a snake. Remember though, Lucifer is created a spirit, so, did the Righteous God give him a body, giving him extension in time and space, when He cast him out and down to the Earth? Gen 3:13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" And the woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." Another great example of our propensity to shirk our personal responsibility. Gen 3:14 The LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life; A thought, worthy to consider, “Is Satan again a spirit or is he one of the trillions of snakes that we find on the surface of the earth? Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel." This is often noted as the first prophetic passage of the scriptures and, though not named, is the first reference to Jesus in the Bible's text. Gen 3:16 To the woman He said, "I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; Yet your desire will be for your husband, And he will rule over you." Equally often missed is the later portion of this verse, “And he will rule over you.” The woman, for her part in this sin was given a very tough penalty. Also, worthy of note is the statement about the increase of pain in childbirth. Had Eve not given birth before being cast out of the Garden this would have meant nothing to her. I would suggest that, any time anyone seeks to push the rediculas thought that Cain got his wife from another tribe or grouping of human beings, bring them to this verse to make the case for the truth that he married one of his cousins or sisters. Just as we are related, by blood line to the women we marry, today, Cain was so to his wife. Gen 3:17 Then to Adam He said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat from it'; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life. Gen 3:18 "Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; Gen 3:19 By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return." It upsets many of the unstudied when I tell them that Adam was afraid of losing Eve, so much so that he choose to follow that, extremely, beautiful and desirable female and, thereby, to forsake God but that is exactly what I see Adam doing and as a result we, no longer, are in the Garden living off the land and God's riches. Another good point to ponder is our Spiritual Death. Even though Adam did not understand it, he had died, he died spiritually the, very, moment he bit into that Forbidden Fruit of the tree. Gen 3:20 Now the man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all the living. Gen 3:21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. Can you see the sacrifice here? They had covered themselves with leaves from a tree but God sacrificed animals to cloak their naked bodies. Gen 3:22 Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever"-- There was a tree, in the Garden, that Adam had God's permission to eat of before he and his wife sinned, the Tree of Life but they did not partake of it. And now, they must not be allowed Eternal Life without some measure of accountability and the desire to return to the service of God. Gen 3:23 therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. Gen 3:24 So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life. I have always found it interesting and, perhaps, meaningful that God expelled Adam and his wife from the Garden to the East... into what is known as Iran today and forerly known as Persia. Is this a point, worthy of meditation and prayer to understand?