3:3 it is only about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘You shall not eat it or even tough it, or else you will die.’
There was not to be any death in the world.
3:4-5 But the snake said to the woman: “You certainly will not die! God knows well that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, who know good and evil.”
The serpent is trying to discredit God’s words just like now when people blindly accept sin (sex, abortion, euthanasia, etc.) He wants us to think God wants us to be blissfully unaware of the dangers of sin. We can’t do that now.
3:6 The woman saw that the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eyes, and the tree was desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruits and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
We use our eyes first when we sin. That’s why Jesus says to pluck out your eye if it causes you to sin. The word desirable strikes e because we tend to desire things that are sinful and lose your focus. The woman was weak and needs a husband’s guidance. what if he had told her not to eat. Would she have listened? She shared with him in something that was wrong. She was not looking out for his best interest. He should not have listened to her.
3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked, so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.
We have now fallen into shame. We are self-conscious and maybe even vein. Now that their eyes are opened they must live according to a higher standard because they know better.
3:8 When they heard the sound of the Lord God walking about in the garden at the breezy time of the ay, the man and his wife hid themselves form the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
They are hiding because they are ashamed. We do the same, avoid church, confession, and friends when we now we’ve done something wrong.
3:9 The Lord God then called to the man and asked him: Where are you?
He knows what happened and he still alls to us. God knows in our times of sin and struggle we need Him most and He calls us to converse with Him. He doesn’t turn away.
3:12 The man replied, “The woman whom you put here with me–she gave me fruit from the tree, So I ate it.”
We now play the blame game. Not only did he blame his wife for his own failures, he also blames God. We say, “Why have you put this obstacle in front of me,” but God has given us all the tools we need to make wise choices.
3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; they will strike at your head, while you strike at their heel.
We are all afraid of snakes for a reason. Jesus is the offspring that strikes at the head. The devil will be beneath Christ’s foot.
3:16 To the woman he said: I will intensify your toil in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. yet your urge shall be for your husband and he shall rule over you.
Women will want to be strong and independent but they are not to have authority over a man. We are to be deepened upon one another, supporting and loving each other as equals.
3:17,19 To the man he said: Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, you shall not eat from it, cursed is the ground because of you! In toil you shall eat its yield all the days of your life. By the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread, until you return to the ground from which you were taken, for you are dust and to dust you shall return.
Now that there is sin there is the need for virtues. The first is diligence. If we want to eat, we must work. Death has begun.
3:21 The Lord God made for the man and his wife garments of skin, with which he clothed them.
The first death comes.
3:22 Then the Lord God said: see! The man has become like one of us knowing good and evil! Now, what if he also reaches out his hand to take fruit from the tree of life, and eats of it and lives forever?
“See!” God already knew it was going to happen. Jesus is the tree of life. Only through his trunk and us being branches can we be part of the tree of life and live forever.
3:23 The Lord God therefore banished him from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he had been taken.
We no longer see him face to face and must work to be in a place where we can. “till the ground” could mean evangelizing