Children’s Study – Adam and Eve, Part 7

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Adam and Eve – Part 7

by Victor Torres

Hello children. Last week we learned what the two trees in the middle of the garden of Eden were. We learned that they were real trees, and the garden of Eden was a real garden. More importantly, we learned that God used those trees as code words to teach us some lessons on how to live our lives.

Those lessons that God tell us are the ones we need to remember. As we learn about these stories that really happened, we must remember what the lessons are behind them. These lessons will guide us on how to really love God who loves each and every one of us.

Psa 102:18 Write these things for future generations, so that they will praise the LORD.

We learned last week that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is code word for the law of Moses. The tree of life is code word for our Lord Jesus Christ who gives us the law of the Spirit. We learned that there is a big difference between the law of Moses and the law of the Spirit. The law of Moses brings death while the law of the Spirit brings life.

Here is Jesus Christ speaking to us:

Joh 6:63 It is the Spirit that gives life… the things I have told you [the hidden lessons in the story of Adam and Eve] are from the Spirit, so they give life.

We must also remember that the reason God had hidden these lessons behind these stories is because God wants only a few people to know these for now. The other people will know about it later.

Let’s look at the last part of Adam and Eve’s story while they were in the garden of Eden.

Gen 3:10 The man said, “I heard you walking in the garden, and I was afraid. I was naked, so I hid.”
Gen 3:11 God said to the man, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat fruit from that special tree? I told you not to eat from that tree!”
Gen 3:12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me gave me fruit from that tree. So I ate it.”
Gen 3:13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What have you done?” She said, “The snake tricked me, so I ate the fruit.”
Gen 3:14 So the LORD God said to the snake, “You did this very bad thing, so bad things will happen to you. It will be worse for you than for any other animal. You must crawl on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life.
Gen 3:15 I will make you and the woman enemies to each other. Your children and her children will be enemies. You will bite her child’s foot, but he will crush your head.”
Gen 3:16 Then God said to the woman, “I will cause you to have much trouble when you are pregnant. And when you give birth to children, you will have much pain. You will want your husband very much, but he will rule over you.”
Gen 3:17 Then God said to the man, “I commanded you not to eat from that tree. But you listened to your wife and ate from it. So I will curse the ground because of you. You will have to work hard all your life for the food the ground produces.
Gen 3:18 The ground will grow thorns and weeds for you. And you will have to eat the plants that grow wild in the fields.
Gen 3:19 You will work hard for your food, until your face is covered with sweat. You will work hard until the day you die, and then you will become dust again. I used dust to make you, and when you die, you will become dust again.”
Gen 3:20 Adam named his wife Eve. He gave her this name because Eve would be the mother of everyone who ever lived.
Gen 3:21 The LORD God used animal skins and made some clothes for the man and his wife. Then he put the clothes on them.
Gen 3:22 The LORD God said, “Look, the man has become like us–he knows about good and evil. And now the man might take the fruit from the tree of life. If the man eats that fruit, he will live forever.”
Gen 3:23 So the LORD God forced the man out of the Garden of Eden to work the ground he was made from.
Gen 3:24 God forced the man to leave the garden. Then he put Cherub angels and a sword of fire at the entrance to the garden to protect it. The sword flashed around and around, guarding the way to the tree of life.

The Lord God said to Satan, who was in the form of the snake, that he will crawl on his belly and eat dust all the days of his life. We know that snakes crawl on their belly, but they don’t really eat dust. Those who have been listening to my teachings will quickly catch on that God is again using code words here.

A snake crawling on its belly is code word for someone who lives to make himself or herself happy. This is not only true about Satan, this is also true about all of us if we act like the devil.

Here is our Lord telling us how we act like the devil:

Joh 8:44 Your father is the devil. You belong to him. [How is the devil our father? How do we act like the devil?] You want to do what he wants

What the devil wants you to do is to disobey God and your parents. He does this by telling you to just have fun and do whatever you want. Why does he do that? Because that’s his food! Dust is the devil’s food. Who is made of dust? Adam and all of us. So we are feeding the devil when we act like Adam, when we disobey God and our parents.

All our lives, we are always given the choice of feeding the devil or feeding the Lord Jesus Christ. There is always a fight between the Holy Spirit and the devil going on in our heads. This is what the Lord is telling the devil when He said this to him.

Gen 3:15 I will make you and the woman enemies to each other. Your children and her children will be enemies. You will bite her child’s foot, but he will crush your head.”

But look at the last part of that verse: “You [the devil] will bite her child’s foot, but he [Eve’s child] will crush your head”. Who is Eve’s child? We don’t have to guess:

Gen 3:20 Adam named his wife Eve. He gave her this name because Eve would be the mother of everyone who ever lived.

Eve would be the mother of everyone who ever lived, so God is telling us that everyone will have that fight between the Holy Spirit and the devil in their minds.

That last part that tells us the devil will bite Eve’s child’s [everyone’s] foot, means that we will all sin. We will all be “tripped” or tricked by the devil. That’s bad news, but it doesn’t end there. It ends with good news. Eve’s children, everyone, will crush the devil’s head! It means we will all stop obeying the devil, and we will all start obeying Christ, who is our true Head.

Gen 3:16 Then God said to the woman, “I will cause you to have much trouble when you are pregnant. And when you give birth to children, you will have much pain. You will want your husband very much, but he will rule over you.”

Physically, your mom had much pain when she was pregnant with you and was giving birth to you. But the painful bearing and birth of a child being talked about here is code word for having a long and hard struggle to give birth to the new man in each one of us. This means in the beginning of our lives, we will all be obeying the devil. Then later, we will all be obeying the Lord Jesus Christ. “You will want your husband very much, but he will rule over you.” is actually a bad translation. This part should read “You will be against your husband very much, but he will rule over you.”

We know this because the word translated ‘want’ is actually the same word translated ‘against’ in this verse:

Gen 4:8 Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him.

So now that we know what our Lord actually told Eve – “You will be against your husband very much, but he will rule over you”, we can now ask what this is telling us. How this verse applies to us who are being taught the hidden lessons behind these stories.

Remember who is the head of a married woman? It’s her husband.

Remember the hidden lesson about husband and wife? It’s about the head and the body.

Remember who is the head of men [all of mankind]? It’s Jesus Christ.

So the Lord telling Eve “You will be against your husband very much, but he will rule over you”, is telling us this:

We will be against Jesus Christ very much, but He will rule over us.

So again, the first part is bad news, but the last part is good news. Very, very good news!

Our end is really better than our beginning:

Ecc 7:8 Better is the end of a thing than its beginning…

Now let’s look at what the Lord said to Adam:

Gen 3:17 Then God said to the man, “I commanded you not to eat from that tree. But you listened to your wife and ate from it. So I will curse the ground because of you. You will have to work hard all your life for the food the ground produces.”

Again, when we see things like this, we must ask “What is the Lord telling me?”. What hidden message is He telling me?

Adam listened to his wife instead of listening to the Lord. How could you ever do this? You are just kids, you don’t even have a wife or husband. Again, the way to know the hidden message is to go back to what we have learned about Adam and Eve being husband and wife. We learned that the relationship between husband and wife is the relationship between the head and the body. The body listens to what the head wants it to do, not the other way around.

The way we do what Adam did is by listening to our body instead of listening to our head (Jesus Christ). Everything we do to serve this physical body that makes us sin against God is like listening to our wife. In other words, “listening to our wife” is the opposite of listening to our husband (our spiritual husband is Jesus Christ).

I’ll give you an example: Your mom and dad told you to clean up your room before lunch time. But instead of obeying your parents, you watched TV and forgot to do what they told you. In this case, “you listened to your wife” (what you wanted to do) instead of listening to your spiritual husband who told you to obey your parents in everything.

Gen 3:18 The ground will grow thorns and weeds for you. And you will have to eat the plants that grow wild in the fields.
Gen 3:19 You will work hard for your food, until your face is covered with sweat. You will work hard until the day you die, and then you will become dust again. I used dust to make you, and when you die, you will become dust again.”

Here God is telling the old man in each of us [Adam] that he is going to die and will be replaced by the new man [Christ]. “You will work hard until the day you die, and then you will become dust again” is how God is telling us that He is not impressed with the work of the old man in us. That is why God did this:

Gen 3:21 The LORD God used animal skins and made some clothes for the man and his wife. Then he put the clothes on them.

The LORD God replaced the clothing that Adam and Eve made (they sewed fig leaves) with animal skins. Remember Adam was tending the garden, so he covered his nakedness with something out of his own work. God replaced this clothing out of fig leaves with animal skins because He is telling them (and us!) that He is not impressed with their own work. They cannot cover their nakedness (sinfulness) by their own work. The only thing that will cover our nakedness or sinfulness is the death of an animal which is code word for the death of Jesus Christ.

Rev 1:5 … Jesus is the one who loves us and has made us free from our sins with his blood sacrifice.

Let’s look at these last parts:

Gen 3:22 The LORD God said, “Look, the man has become like us–he knows about good and evil. And now the man might take the fruit from the tree of life. If the man eats that fruit, he will live forever.”
Gen 3:23 So the LORD God forced the man out of the Garden of Eden to work the ground he was made from.
Gen 3:24 God forced the man to leave the garden. Then he put Cherub angels and a sword of fire at the entrance to the garden to protect it. The sword flashed around and around, guarding the way to the tree of life.

We all want to live forever. We all want to eat the fruit of the tree of life. But there’s no other way to get to it except to go through the Cherub angels and the sword of fire. The Cherub angels are code words for the elect. Angels are messengers and God sends His message to everyone through the elect, the chosen people of God.

We will also need to go through that sword of fire to get to the tree of life. That sword of fire is God’s words in the Bible.

Eph 6:17 … and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,

Jer 5:14 Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of hosts: “… I am making my words in your mouth a fire

Everyone will be saved by fire, by the words of God.

1Co 3:13 each one’s work shall be revealed. For the Day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire [the words of God] shall try each one’s work as to what kind it is.
1Co 3:14 If anyone’s work which he built remains, he shall receive a reward [He or she will be in that blessed and holy first resurrection]
1Co 3:15 If anyone’s work shall be burned up, he shall suffer loss. [He or she will be in the lake of fire, in the second resurrection] But he shall be saved, yet so as by fire.

Questions:

1) Which one is a true statement?

  1. a) There is a big difference between the law of Moses and the law of the Spirit.
  2. b) There is no difference between the law of Moses and the law of the Spirit.
  3. c) There is a small difference between the law of Moses and the law of the Spirit.

2) Fill in the blank:

Joh 6:63 It is the Spirit that gives life… the things I have told you [the hidden lessons in the story of Adam and Eve] are from the _____, so they give life.

  1. a) Scripture
  2. b) Spirit
  3. c) Studies

3) TRUE or FALSE:

A snake crawling on its belly is code word for someone who lives to make himself or herself happy. This is only true about Satan.

4) TRUE or FALSE:

The devil wants you to disobey God and your parents.

5) Fill in the blanks: Dust is the devil’s food. Who is made of dust? A___ and all of us. So we are feeding the devil when we act like A___, when we disobey God and our parents.

6) TRUE or FALSE: the underlined part of the verse below is translated correctly

Gen 3:16 Then God said to the woman, “I will cause you to have much trouble when you are pregnant. And when you give birth to children, you will have much pain. You will want your husband very much, but he will rule over you.

7) What does Ecclesiastes 7:8 tell us?

  1. a) Better is the end of a thing than its beginning
  2. b) Better is the beginning of a thing than its end
  3. c) The beginning and end of a thing is just the same

8) God used a husband and wife as code words for the head and the body. The husband is the head, and the wife is the body. How does God want this relationship to work?

  1. a) The head follows what the body wants it to do
  2. b) The body follows what the head wants it to do.
  3. c) The two are equal, there is no leader and there is no follower.

9) The LORD God replaced the clothing that Adam and Eve made (they sewed fig leaves) with animal skins. Why did the LORD God do this?

  1. a) He wants to tell us that He is not impressed with our own work.
  2. b) Animal skin is better protection from weather.
  3. c) Fig leaves will make Adam and Eve itch all over.

10) The Cherub angels that God put to guard the tree of life are code word for:

  1. a) Moses
  2. b) The elect, the messengers of God
  3. c) This is not a code word, it just means angels

11) We will also need to go through that sword of fire to get to the tree of life. What is that sword of fire?

Homework:

We will have a two-week break after this study, so I will give you a little homework.

Ask your mom or dad to help you find 3 – 5 verses that talk about any one of the following topics:

  1. God’s Sovereignty (God being in control of everything)
  2. Obedience
  3. Patience
  4. Joy/Rewards
  5. Peace
  6. Love
  7. Unity
  8. Humility
  9. Salvation of all
  10. Faith

The verses should come from both the Old Testament and the New Testament. When you’re done with your homework, ask your mom or dad to email it to me. We will share your homework with everyone when we meet again.

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