Genesis Chapter 3
This post will cover the infamous Fall of Man, God’s punishments, and God’s first lie as portrayed in Genesis Chapter 3.
The story starts by telling us that a serpent was the sneakiest of all the creatures that God had created. (Gen 3:1) Why the snake is so sneaky and bad we are not told, but since God is perfect we can be assured that it was on purpose.
This sneaky snake can also talk, and asks Woman if God had said that she and Adam could eat from every tree in their little garden. (Gen 3:1) It seems that species of talking snake has gone extinct, because we have no recorded evidence of any snake, any where, talking since then; unless you count the snake in Disney’s A Jungle Book. The talking snake thing in Harry Potter doesn’t count because Harry is the only one who can understand it.
Woman, who is obviously accustomed to talking snakes (definitely from Slitherin House), tells Sneaky Snake that God said they could eat from all the trees but one, and that not only could they not eat from it, but couldn’t even touch it or they would die. (Gen 3:2-3) As far as we were told, God never mentioned the not touching the tree part, so I’m assuming that Adam embellished the rule when he later told Woman about it.
Sneaky Snake tells Woman that God was lying when he said that rubbish about dying the day they eat from the tree. According to Ole’ Sneaky, God was just scared that when they ate from the tree that they would become like gods in that they would know about good and evil. (Gen 3:4-5)
So, what does Woman do? She looks at the tree thinks it’s pretty, that the fruit looks tasty, and thinks that it might be good to not be stupid, so she eats some of the fruit and gives some to Adam who had been standing there, but saying nothing, and he, like any good husband, did as he was told and ate it. (Gen 3:6)
As soon as they ate the fruit they noticed that they were naked, and quickly fashioned aprons out of leaves to hide their bodies. (Gen 3:7) Nowhere does it explain why God had let them be evil by being naked in the first place, or why not covering your butt was ok.
After making their crude clothing they heard God wandering around the garden enjoying a little relief from the heat, so they went and hid in the trees (Gen 3:8)
Obviously, they hid themselves pretty well because God couldn’t find them, and had to call out for Adam. (Gen 3:9)
Adam called back from the trees (it never says he came out of hiding) and tells God that he had heard him coming and hid because he was naked. (Gen 3:10)
Then the following conversation ensues: (Gen 3:11-13)
God- Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I had told you to leave alone?
Adam- It wasn’t my fault. The woman YOU gave me told me to do it.
God- Woman! Why did you do this?
Woman- It wasn’t my fault. The talking snake told me to do it.
So, God looks at Sneaky Snake and tells him that he will from then on be the least liked of all the animals in the World. He then takes away his legs (It seems that talking snakes once had legs) and tells him that he will have to eat dirt from then on, and that he will cause humans to hate snakes and go around stomping on their heads. (Gen 3:14-15) The dirt eating combined with head stomping would go a long way toward explaining why this species of once-legged snakes went extinct.
God then turned on Woman and cursed her to have increased sadness and more babies which she will be sad about having. He then says that from then on men will be in charge. Thus God created PMS, and postpartum depression as well as misogyny. (Gen 3:16)
And God wasn’t finished with his punishments. He turned to Adam and told him that since he listened to Woman and ate from the tree after being told not to, that the ground would from then on not do as well growing plants, and that Adam would have to be a farmer and baker if he wanted to eat. He then tells him that he will be cut off from the Tree of Life and will eventually die. (Gen 3:17-19) The same thing, snake and all, had happened to Gilgamesh back before the Biblical story was written.
Let’s pause for a moment to look over something that I mentioned above. Remember back in chapter 2 when God told Adam that the day he ate from the tree of knowledge that he would die? And, remember earlier in 3:4 when Sneaky told Woman that the whole dying the moment you eat was hooey? Well, as you can see above it was Sneaky who was telling the truth and God who was lying, because Adam would go on to live for 930 years. So, in effect, God was angry at Adam and Woman for calling his bluff, and at Sneaky for telling his secret. Truly a wrathful god.
Then God goes back to his female companion, or some other god and says “Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil (more proof that Sneaky was telling the truth): and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:” (Gen 3:22) Obviously God is worried about Adam living forever and taking over, so God throws the couple out of the garden and makes them farmers. (Gen 3:23)
To keep the miscreants from sneaking back in, he puts guards on the eastern side of the garden, and puts a flying flaming sword by the tree of life just in case they figure out that the entrances to the west, north, and south are unguarded. (Gen 3:24)
So ends chapter three. We’ve had lying, betrayal, trickery, and hissy fits, and God has given us pain, death, PMS, and postpartum depression. Truly a loving and kindly god.
In the next chapter we are introduced to the beginnings of sacrifices, animal husbandry, music, metal working, the spread of civilization, incest, and murder. Stay tuned.