The Kraig Josiah Rice
Devotional Bible Commentary on Genesis

Genesis chapter 3
verses 16 through 24

written by
Kraig J. Rice
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Genesis chapter three verses sixteen through twenty four
  Genesis 3:16-19 The consequences of sin
  Genesis 3:20 Eve was the name of Adam's wife
  Genesis 3:21 God made clothes for Adam and Eve
  Genesis 3:22-24 God cast them out of Paradise
  A hidden number two
  The Curse of God
  The First Dispensation of Innocense
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Chapter 3 Continued:

Note: I see a metaphor in this true Genesis story about Adam and Eve. How so? Well, first they started out walking with God and having fellowship with Him. Then they sinned and were in disfellowship with Him. They suffered the consequences of their sins. After their repentance, God accepted them back and forgave them. That is what happens to some believers today as they journey through life. That metaphor is like a message inside of a message. How can that be? The first message is the true literal story of Adam and Eve, however, the additional spiritual message is revealed by this metaphor. I love to find those golden nuggets of truth hidden in God's Word. Those nuggets make us rich in spiritual wisdom and understanding of the things of God as He reveals truth to us.


"Unto the wife He said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception, in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children, and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam He said, because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, thou shalt not eat of it- cursed is the ground for thy sake, in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life. Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee, and thou shalt eat the herb of the field- in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground, for out of it wast thou taken- for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return"
(Genesis 3:16-19).

Every sin has a consequence or more:
Every sin and every bad choice has a consequence or more. What were the consequences of their actions?
1) They hid from God because their conscience bothered them because of their guilt brought on by their disobedience.
2) A curse was placed upon mankind that would result in mankind's sorrow, pain, toil, and death.
3) God kicked them out of the Garden of Eden.

The Apostle Paul made a strong contrast between the first Adam to the Second Adam (Jesus Christ):
"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of Him that was to come. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one Man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by One, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of One the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous"
(Romans 5:12-19).


"And Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living"
(Genesis 3:20).

Eve was the name of Adam's wife:
She was the mother of all of their children (the mother of all living). If you are doing a name study in the bible book of Genesis, the name, Eve, means living or enlivening.


"...unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them"
(Genesis 3:21).

Why did God make clothes for Adam and Eve?
In verse seven, it appears that Adam and Eve decided to use their own works and use their own kind of human effort to improve their sinful condition before God. That is why they made their own clothes out of fig leaves. But fallen mankind can never make himself righteous to God by his own works or with his own self righteousness.

"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away"
(Isaiah 64:6).

The expression "filthy rags" may refer to a woman's bloody menstruation cloth. That is how God sees our self righteousness. If you or I approached a great king or the leader of a great nation on this earth and presented to him a gift of a woman's bloody menstruation cloth, he would be greatly offended. This is probably how God felt when Adam and Eve clothed themselves with their own self righteousness. This should not be done. You and I should never approach God in our own self righteousness. Rather, we should approach Him with the righteousness of Christ that has been imputed (transferred) to us when we were saved.

God made clothes for them. God does the work of covering. In typology, God is covering their sins. Today, God clothes each of His redeemed children with His own imputed righteousness. Each outfit of clothes fits each sinful person so we can enter God's presence. Another way of looking at it is that God's mercy and grace covers us.

God used animal skins to cover mankind's nakedness. What kind of animals? Probably spotless lambs. What is God telling us by His actions? As Adam and Eve were clothed with animal skins, so you and I need to be clothed with Christ. He is our covering and protection- our salvation in a hostile environment. Each sacrificial lamb had to die and shed it's blood- to be sacrificed. Christ, the sinless Lamb of God, had to die and shed His blood for an atonement for our sins. This shows God's kindness and love for you and I and for anyone else who wants to belong to God.

When I was in the United States Navy they issued me a heavy black "pea coat" to keep me warm in the cold. It was made out of heavy wool. Do you know where wool comes from? It comes from the soft wavy or curly hair on the skin of sheep. One might say that it came from the skin of sheep (animal skins).

God showed Adam and Eve what He expected in the way of their worship. They taught this to their children. Abel loved God and came to God and did what He expected.


"And the Lord God said, "behold, the man is become as one of Us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever. Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So He drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims (angels), and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life"
(Genesis 3:22-24).

Why did God cast Adam and Eve out of paradise?
God did not want them, in their fallen and sinful condition, to eat of the tree of life. God did not want them to live forever in that condition. This was not God's will so He cast them out of the Garden of Eden (paradise in symbolism). Let me ask you a question. Who, in the very beginning, was cast out of the paradise of Heaven due to sin? Yes. It was Lucifer and the wicked angels who fought against God in Heaven. What is God teaching us here? He really wants us to understand that sin will not be tolerated with God and it will keep one from Heaven (paradise like the Garden of Eden in symbolism). The casting out of Adam and Eve is a type and a sign to us in regards to the casting out of Lucifer and his fallen angels
(Revelation 12:9). And God made an example of Adam and Eve's casting out from paradise to drive that fact home to us,
"...now all these things happened unto them for ensamples- and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come"
(1 Corinthians 10:11).

Many angels are described in God's word. Why did God use Cherubim angels? It is thought these angels are faithful and powerful and that they fought on God's side against Satan and his evil angels in Heaven's civil war. They were His warlike victors. That is why they had flaming and churning swords to prevent mankind from going back to paradise in violation of God's will. As well, these angels reflect God's holiness and righteousness. In God's tabernacle tent in the wilderness (in the Exodus wanderings), God told Moses to place golden replicas of Cherubim angels on the mercy seat of the ark of the covenant where the blood was sprinkled. This blood signified in typology the shed blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for you and me for the forgiveness of our sins
(Exodus 25:17-20; Romans 3:23-26).

The casting out of Adam and Eve from paradise showed God's mercy. I am sure that Adam and Eve could not see God's plan at the time. How many times have you or I had a spiritual door slammed shut in our face, an adverse circumstance come our way, or any event that caused a change in our spiritual direction for the good? We probably thought that it was horrible at the time but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. That is because God loves you and wanted the best for you. He was totally in charge all of the time when we thought our life was spinning out of control. He puts us where He wants us to accomplish His will through us. It is for our good- and He gets the glory for it. Have you ever seen a person do an embroidery of decorative designs with needle work? From our perspective, all we may see are the knots and tangles of thread, but, from the worker's perspective, that person sees a beautiful work of art to cherish. God is at work and, at times, all we see are the adverse circumstances and problems (the knots and tangles of thread), but, from God's perspective, He is creating something really unique and special to bless Him and you at the same time.


A hidden number two:
Where is that number? It is in the English word, Us. The word for God (in the original Hebrew language) in this passage of scripture is Elohim (`lhym). It was first used in
Genesis 1:26 and is now used here in Genesis 3:22. Since it was used twice, in that context, it is a hidden number two. It is hidden as it is not readily apparent. What does the name, Elohim, mean? It means "the true God". In Hebrew, it is a plural intensive noun with a singular meaning. In other words, Elohim shows forth the plural majesty of God. Scripturally, this is a mention of the Holy Trinity of God in the bible book of Genesis. What does the hidden number two mean? The number two is the number of witness. Therefore God is witnessing to us that He did indeed create mankind in His own image and that, mankind, after its fall into sin, had to choose between good and evil (God and Satan). How is that relevant? God tells us that He created mankind. Satan wants us to believe differently. God tells us that a person must choose between God and Satan. Satan wants each person to make no choice at all. Why? Because Satan owns that person by default. If that unsaved person fails to accept Christ as his or her Savior, that person will die in their sins
(John 8:24). Satan will have won that soul for himself. That is why Satan uses deceit, procrastination, and other methods in his battle for each soul. I encourage you to accept Christ and reject the devil's invitation to you.


The Curse of God (as seen in Genesis):
Let us take a brief look at the curse of God in the bible book of Genesis. What did God curse?
God cursed the earth and eventually abolished the garden of Eden
God cursed the serpent
God cursed Eve
God cursed Adam
God cursed Cain
God cursed the world of mankind and destroyed all but 8 people with a flood of waters.

The curse of God is not the same as a black magic type of curse- the sending of a demon to hurt or kill someone. Everything that God does (His will) is characterized by His love, grace, and mercy. God does not use a curse to punish because He is not an angry and vindictive individual. He is the Supreme Judge- He renders justice based on His righteousness and His holiness.


The Curse of God in comparison to the goodness of God:
The curse of God is to be balanced against the goodness of God. Since God is a Person, then He has emotions. God can be made to feel happy or He can be made to feel sad. When He is pleased He might bless the person who makes Him feel that way. When He is displeased He might judge the person who makes Him feel that way. But His actions are always just with love and patience being taken into consideration. We can see this with how God treated Cain after Cain had murdered his brother. However, the gospel writers also knew how sweet and loving God could be then and we know how sweet and loving He is now:

"Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort"
(2 Corinthians 1:3).

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty"
(2 Corinthians 6:14-18).

"And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ"
(Galatians 4:6-7).

"Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work"
(2 Thessalonians 2:16-17).

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning"
(James 1:17).


Does God discipline His children?
Yes. In very simple terms, God rewards His children for acceptable behavior but punishes them for sinful behavior. A loving heavenly Father disciplines His children. Sometimes His discipline seems harsh to us. If you or I commit a sin of commission or omission then we might expect our Father to discipline us. He does this because He loves us and seeks to correct us so we can properly reflect His light and presence.


The end of the First Dispensation:
The end of Genesis chapter three ends the First Dispensation for those who are studying the Word of God by this method. The amount of time of this period is not known. This was the Dispensation of Innocence
(Genesis chapters 1-3). This dispensation ended in God's judgment: the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. In this dispensation was
1) The creation of the heavens and the earth
2) The creation of man
3) The temptation
4) The fall and its consequences
5) The promise
6) The expulsion from the Garden of Eden.



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