1. What did satan mean when he told Adam and Eve that their ”eyes will be open”
Paqach (H6491) is word used for the phrase “shall be opened” and is found 20 times in 18 verses in the KJV of the Old Testament. I read and categorized the usage of the word in each verse in order to understand what satan promised to eve. The opening of the eyes was also used in these verses:
- Adam and Eve’s eyes were opened after they sinned (Gen 3: 7)
- God opened Hagar’s eyes and she saw a well of water in the wilderness as she wandered with Ishmael her son (Gen 21: 19)
- The son of the Shunnamite woman opened his eyes after Elijah resurrected him from the dead (2 Kings 4: 3 – 4)
- Prophet Elisha prayed for his servant’s eyes to be opened, thus allowing him to see the invisible angels surrounding and protecting them (2 Kings 6)
- Prophet Elisha blinded the Syrian army then told them he could show them the way home, but led them instead to the King of Israel (2 Kings 6: 18 – 20)
- Prophet Isaiah spoke about Jesus who would open the blind eyes and bring the blind out of the prisons (Isa 42: 7)
2. What does the word “paqach” reveal about the opening of the eyes?
Paqach is the same word used in the phrase ““the opening the prison” in Isaiah 61: 1. I wrote about this truth a few days ago at http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2010/04/13/gods-exchange-…owledge-of-god/
In order to fully understand the temptation and fall of Adam and Eve, we have to interpret the context in a spiritual and not a natural sense. This truth of interpretation will be supported when we answer FIVE questions:
- Were Adam and Eve were in full possession of their sight? Yes
- Since they were not physically blind, why did satan promise to open their eyes?
- Why did he promise them the knowledge of good and evil?
- Why do we commonly assume that the fruit of the tree was an apple?
- Why would an apple kill two healthy people (“it keeps the doctor away”)
The current usage of the word paqach reveals the following truths:
- By telling Eve that her eyes would be opened to good and evil, Satan suggested that God had hidden something from them, arousing resentment against God.
- By telling them that their eyes would be opened to good and evil, satan suggested that they were dead. God had told them they would die if they had this information.
- Satan aroused lust for the knowledge of good and evil by giving Eve a demonstration of power. This is suggested as the dialogue said – “when the woman saw… “
- Adam and Eve received information that they had not know prior to this exposure. This is seen in the opening of Hagar’s eyes to a well that had either been hidden to her OR one that God had placed in her path.
- They received information about the invisible realm that God wanted to protect them from
- Satan promised them that the opening of their eyes would make them become like God, implying a form of rebellion against God that was equal to the one that led to his exile from heaven.