For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 1 John 2:16
lust -epithymiaGk1939 –From epithumeo means a longing (especially for what is forbidden) – concupiscence, desire, lust (after). (SEConcordance) (HELPS Word-studies: “passionate desire”–properly, passion built on strong feelings (urges) that can be positive or negative).
boastful pride –alazoneia Gk212 – From alazon; braggadocio, i.e. (by implication) self-confidence — boasting, pride. (SEConcordance) (alazonGk213 – (a masculine noun) – properly, a wandering vagrant (vagabond), boasting to anyone who is foolish enough to take him seriously! This kind of person claims many things he can’t really do, so he must always keep moving on to new, naive listeners. [As a masculine noun, 213 (alazṓn) tends to focus on the source of the empty boasting, i.e. the sinful arrogance that drives it.] Helps Word-studies)
1 John 2:16 is often quoted as the New Testament’s parallel to the woman’s reasoning in Genesis 3:6. She ‘…saw that the tree was good for food (lust of the flesh), and that it was a delight to the eyes (lust of the eyes), and that the tree was desirable to make one wise (boastful pride of life)…’ as explanation for her fall… Continue reading →
‘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…’
The woman knows –by seeing – that the fruit can be touched without any harm to her –and that it is good for food. She also sees that it a ‘delight to the eyes’ –similar words as used in Genesis 2:9 to describe the trees made by YeHoWaH Elohim –‘pleasing to the sight/in appearance and good for food’. Again evidence confirmed by her natural eyes – the serpent thus strengthening her reasoning by way of the flesh. Two counts in favour of the serpent’s lie concerning God’s intention for them. Two things she has (so far) learnt by experience with her eyes of flesh. The serpent was right on both counts, then comes the third: fully aware of her design as an ‘ezer kenegedo’ the serpent dangles what appears to be a legitimate ‘good’ before her eyes of understanding: Continue reading →
Isaiah gives an interesting and relevant description that speaks clearly, I think, of Adam in Genesis. ‘… YeHoWaH will cut off from Israel both head and tail, … the elders and dignitaries (honorable men) are the head, the prophets who teach lies are the tail. Those who guide this people mislead them, and those who are guided are led astray (swallowed up/engulfed).’ Isaiah 9:14-16Continue reading →
We need to understand what Eve was missing of YeHoWaH Elohim’s command, and what was added, as to why she was so vulnerable to being deceived. Please access the pdf comparison chart here from the last post. My comments will work their way down the chart.
Firstly the command was given to Adam. This may be a possible explanation as to why nothing happened when she ate of the fruit, the consequences only occurring after he himself ate. Scripture does say that she ‘fell into transgression’ but her ‘sinning was not like the transgression of Adam’ –her hand was forced so to speak – being tricked/deceived into breaking the command whereas his was a deliberate action.
With the previous (Tradition or the Bible – your choice) post’s scripture references to both Adam’s and Eve’s culpability in the ‘Fall’ scenario we need to revisit Genesis with fresh eyes, determining within ourselves not to add any more than what the scripture alone gives us. The Bible states sin entered the world through Adam and his disobedience was clearly and repeatedly identified as the origin by which mankind were made sinners (including Eve) in the sight of God and its consequence of death now our reality. Indeed Eve was made a sinner and by her own hand she broke God’s command but it was not from a disobedient heart, scripture is emphatic she was deceived into trespassing the command given, (and God did not hold her accountable for the tresspass.) Scripture identifies the serpent deceived her – with her own words (Gen 3:13) and Paul’s confirming in 2 Cor 11:4.Continue reading →
‘…YeHoWaH is with you when you are with Him. If you seek him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you’. 2 Chronicles 15:2
Following on with the understanding of what ‘alone’ in Genesis 2:18 reveals of Adam wanting to walk independently from YeHoWaH Elohim, and the specific help supplied for him within the woman (namely her presence and voice to aid him in his walk before God), we need to further smash some treasured illusions of ‘pre-fall’ Genesis. These are the stories concerning our first parents told over and over. Repeated and drilled into us as foundational knowledge by Sunday school teachers using simplistic illustrations through to the most austere pulpits who further hone our understanding with academic reason – catching all who are not prepared to seek to know beyond what they are told. Continue reading →
Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18 NASB
In looking at the meanings of ‘helper suitable’ and ‘alone’ within the Genesis 2:18 text, and using their root words to understand the strength and weakness explicit in their meanings, we need to be able to confirm this in the wider scripture. There must be other verses or portions of scripture elsewhere confirming what YeHoWaH has purposely placed there for us to know. If there isn’t, then this is an isolated, unsupported and therefore incorrect understanding of these words.
To recap, I am presenting ‘ezer kenegedo’ (helper suitable) with the meaning being understood as: a strong/efficient help/aid to rescue/save by -both presence and voice, standing opposite the man to oppose, praise, declare, expose… speaking thus into his life. In the best Continue reading →
Following on from Ezer Kenegedo 1 we see clearly the kind of strength God designed in women, to meet the need He identifies in man.
Genesis 2:18 presents with clarity both the problem and its solution. YeHoWaH Elohim sees the man’s ‘aloneness’ as his weakness –describing it as ‘not good’. The Hebrew word lə-ḇad-dōw translated as ‘alone’ in Genesis 2:18 means – alone, apart, bar, besides, branch, by self, of each alike, except, …and interestingly -strength (SEC). It comes from ‘badad’– a primitive root –‘to divide’:- to be solitary or alone. Brown-Driver-Briggs has this to say of the Continue reading →
Many misconceptions have developed and assumptions been made in regard to what happened in the Garden of Eden. While many will acknowledge that Adam was the vessel through whom sin entered the world (Romans 5:12) often there is an assumption that the lead-up to Adam breaking the commandment was because of the woman’s actions; i.e. usurping Adam’s authority or enticing Adam to eat the forbidden fruit, or, because of his own inaction i.e. not protecting Eve, not taking the lead etc. But I think all these ideas can be disregarded when we consider Romans7:9;
“Once I was alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died”
Sometimes it may take a lifetime to understand just who we are, with our unique purpose and gifting to others. Some women, it seems, learn much quicker than others and will go straight to God and seek to know and be shown clearly their value and strengths in Him and walk boldly. Others, maybe like me, will listen first to others around them and try to walk accordingly within the traditional gender roles–of which I have, to the best of my ability –albeit many times with an insistent cry of injustice and subsequent confusion in my heart. Our experiences and understandings of where we ‘fit’ as women in this world varies broadly between cultures, religion and time. Rules have always been there to shape the understanding of who and what we are in relation to men, in both our public and private domains. And because these traditions of gender roles have been consistently portrayed as sanctioned by God, our lives can appear inescapably cut out for us from cradle to grave.
Due to contradictions in the messages given me and a point of crisis in my life, I knew with Continue reading →