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Eve is the Mother of all human beings. (Gen. 3:20) "And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the Mother of all living."
Many places in the Bible, it talks of the Shekinah GLORY OF GOD, which means a Covering of Glory. In Heb. 1:3, it speaks of the Brightness of HIS glory., (Heb. 1:3) "Who being the brightness of HIS glory, and the express image of HIS person, and upholding all things by the Word of HIS power, when HE had by HIMSELF purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the MAJESTY on High."
Perhaps Adam and Eve, in their perfect state, had a Covering of Glory, for in Gen. 2:25, it states that "they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed."
When I taught Child Evangelism, I illustrated the fall of man this way: I had a pair of figures put up on the flannelgraph board, a man and a woman with Glory Light shining out from them, like a turned on light bulb.
The word "keep" really meant to "guard". GOD must have warned Adam about Satan because what else would Adam have to "keep the garden for?" There were no other human beings. There were no wild animals; so it meant that Adam was to guard against Satan and the fallen angels.
Now, let's look at the saddest event in human history: the disobedience and fall of man that caused the separation between GOD and man. Read (Gen. 2:15-17): "And the LORD GOD took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD GOD commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the Garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die!" Note the last statement, "For in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die!" GOD was not talking of immediate physical death (although that was also part of the curse), but HE was speaking of spiritual death, which is separation from GOD spiritual connection was broken; the light went out. They were naked; they pitifully tried to cover themselves with fig leaves something man has been vainly trying to do, down through the Centuries (cover his spiritual nakedness and hide from GOD). Note illustration on preceding page.
Take your Bible and slowly read the entire third chapter of Genesis. In reading this account, coming right after chapters 1 and 2, it would appear that mankind fell immediately after his creation, and that he fell at Satan's temptation. This is not necessarily so, for by careful reading, you will note that Adam was given this only restriction before Eve was created, (Gen. 2:16) "And the LORD GOD commanded the man, saying "Of every tree of the Garden, thou mayest freely eat; But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shall not eat of it; for in the day that thou eatest thereof; thou shalt surely die." So Adam must have communicated this information to his wife, long before; for you notice she added something to GOD'S order, she said, "Neither shall ye touch it." (Gen 3:3.) It was also before Adam gave names to all things (a lengthy task).
We know that Adam and Eve were accustomed to talk and have fellowship with GOD, in the cool of the evening. So the time between the Creation and the fall is unknown.
Adam and Eve were given just one thing they were not to do! One restriction one tree forbidden them the fruit tree of knowledge of good and evil. GOD wanted them to have knowledge; HE created them with minds and intelligence; but they were not to gain by disobedience. WHY did GOD place Adam and Eve under the position of testing? GOD doesn't want robots! HE wanted Adam and Eve, and each person born thereafter, to love and obey HIM because they wanted to. Man was created with the freedom to choose. Today you are free to choose GOD'S way or Satan's. You also have the freedom of choice!!
Wasn't the freedom to love and obey GOD, a simple and enjoyable way of life? YES! But, remember the last lesson on Satan, the devil. He doesn't come to us with horns, tail and a pitchfork. If he did, we could recognize him and flee from him. No Scripture says (in II Cor. 11:14): "And no marvel, for Satan, himself, is transformed into an angel of light." he comes as an angel of light.
He seemingly illuminates your mind with good suggestions, something to make you happy; it feels good, etc.