1. God told me to tell you that the temptation and fall of man is written in a parable
It is important for us to understand that the account of the temptation and fall of man is written in a parable. God showed me that this parable is parallel to the way Jesus taught hidden truths about the Kingdom of God by saying, “the Kingdom of heaven is like unto…”
The parable of the temptation and fall of man is a behind the scenes view of the conflict between the Kingdom of heaven/God and the kingdom of darkness. It is written in a parable for several reasons:
- to allow only seeing eyes to discover the truth
- to show us the key players and scenarios in the conflict between the Kingdom of God/heaven and satan
- to show the ROOT of the human condition – our spiritual eyes that were designed to be open to God were ruthlessly gouged out by a merciless liar, murderer and thief. Our fore parents were taken into captivity and made to serve the devil, imprisoned in darkness of sin and ignorance of God’ s Word/truth.
- to show that Adam came under satan’s control when he broke his covenant with God (say what? More on that later!)
- to hide the sordid details of the sins and rebellion of Adam and Eve (rated above R)
- to show that there is a natural and spiritual realm and how to identify the parallels in scriptures (only seeing eyes will see. Father, please open my eyes).
- to explain the nature of the conflict between the children of the kingdom of God/heaven and the kingdom of hell
2. Key to the parable of the temptation and fall of man
- the Lord God commanded the man = Word of God; covenant with man
- eat = practice; partake of; believe the doctrine of devils; fellowship with devils (1 Corinthians 10)
- surely die = your spirit will disconnect from Me; you will lose your purity; you will die to truth; lose your authority to satan; come under satan’s power and become his slave.
- Tree of life = Jesus, Word of God; Word of Life
- tree of the knowledge of good and evil = satan; doctrine of devils, sin
- fruit = doctrine; results; lifestyle
- serpent = devil, satan
- beast = demon
- field = earth
3. How do we explain the following events if the account of the fall and temptation was written literally?
A. The death of Adam and Eve by eating a fruit
- Why didn’t Adam and Eve drop dead immediately after having eaten the fruit?
- Would an apple kill anyone in the literal sense?
- Wouldn’t it be more logical to say that the fruit was a poison berry?
- Why did satan make a new offer – you will not die but your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.
B. God told Adam and Eve that they would “surely die” the day that they ate the fruit. Did He mean instant, physical death? Not at all. The aftermath revealed that the results of the fall were of a spiritual nature…
- Adam and Eve did not drop dead immediately
- their eyes opened although they were not physically blind
- they became aware of their nakedness and became ashamed
- They did not go to the grave immediately, but God killed an animal to atone for their sins
- Why didn’t God kill them Himself if the “apple” had failed to do so?
- God symbolically dressed them in leather in a climate that was perfect in order to help them cover their nakedness. Humans are still obsessed over the issue of external covering and neglect the godly growth and development neglect the inner spirit.
- Why did God ban Adam and Eve from access to the literal tree of life if the initial death was intended to be a physical one?
Blessings and more to come!