In the beginning Yahweh created the heaven and the earth. On the sixth day Yahweh told His angels, the elohim, let us create man in our image. Yahweh had created the substance of creation upon which the elohim formed and crafted; the artistry of the mountains, the complexity of the seas, the beauty of the skies, and now they would take on the imagery of humanity. The physical form and life itself would come from the Creator Himself. He shaped man like a potter would clay, then breathed the breath of life into man causing him to live. It was the duty of the elohim to educate and inform the ways of Adam and his kin.
Then came the day the serpent deceived Eve and tempted Adam; showing them a short cut in their education, the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of the Good and Evil. The serpent told them that if they ate of this tree they would gain the knowledge of the elohim; knowing good from evil. Though Yahweh had told them that in the day they ate of it they would surely die, they ignored the warning and ate of it’s fruit. In that moment their eyes were opened and they knew good from evil. Yahweh had put upon them the curse of sin and told Adam and Eve that they could no longer eat of the Tree of Life, lest they live forever in their sin. During all of this Yahweh turned to His elohim and said, “Behold they have become like us, knowing good from evil.”
Wait, what? Yahweh had made man in his image and had purposed the elohim in the education of man to like the elohim. The Book of Enoch supported this claim by telling of the angels that came down to teach and educate mankind. Peter and Jude support these claims by referring to those angels in each of their writings. Even Yahshua himself quoted the Psalms, in John 10 that stated the Yahweh called all men elohim.
Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, but Yahshua said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be Elohim.” Yahshua answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “Elohim”’? If he called them ‘Elohim,’ to whom the word of Yahweh came—and Scripture cannot be set aside.
In the Greek Yahshua was quoted to have said the word theos which meant god or gods, the verse in psalms 82:6 however, in which Yahweh refers to people of the earth, uses the word elohim which, in the Strong’s, is the Hebrew word for, gods, angels, or mighty ones. The difference from Yahshua and any other human being was that Yahshua was conceived by the Breath of Yahweh in Miriam. By doing this Yahweh created another man, one like Adam, who would be born without the curse of sin. Yahshua, while he had the ability to sin, did not have the predisposition to sin. Any sin he would commit would have to be conscious on his part.
Why would that be a qualifier? Isn’t “sin” sin whether a persons knows it or not? The scripture does say that a person who sins unknowingly could plead ignorance. Yet, once a man is face with the reality of sin, knowing right from wrong, he then is held accountable. Paul said in Romans that if it weren’t for the law that we would not have known sin. In Romans 5 Paul says that there was sin in the world before the law was given yet no one was held accountable for sin because there was no law. If Adam didn’t know good from evil then he had to rely fully on Yahweh for growth; just as Yahshua as a young man grew in favor in the eyes of Yahweh and men. If Yahshua had been perfect from birth then there would be very little left to accomplish in life.
This is the whole issue surrounding the Tree of the Knowledge of The Good and The Evil. Prior to the fall Adam and Eve were innocent of this knowledge and were being guided by Yahweh and the elohim in the ways of life. Any actions done on their parts were either done by obedience or out of ignorance.
The goal was to have humanity be as the elohim, to be as Yahweh, or transposed to today, to be as Yahshua. To be made in the image of Yahweh, in the image of the elohim, was never meant to cosmetic or a physical mirror. We were meant to, as the elohim, know good from evil. Otherwise it make no sense to desire humans to be like them, then lament after the fact when they had achieved it.
The devil and his angels proved that the elohim could sin. Just as Yahshua proved an elohim knowing good from evil, yet born without a sin nature, could be pure and sin not. Had Adam waited until the right time, I have no doubt that he could have righteously eaten of the tree of the knowledge of the good and the evil. Why? One thing we know for sure Yahweh never sins; He is righteousness and justice. So then tell me what is righteous about setting up The Tree of Knowledge if mankind was never meant to eat of it? What is just saying, “Let us make man like us,” if he did not ever intend to follow through it with?
My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of Yahweh, namely, the Messiah, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
It is the glory of Yahweh to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
Yahweh intended to show us the wonders of existence. We are to seek out, learn, and explore. Even in the book of Revelation Yahshua said that if you ask, it will be given, if you seek you will find, and if you knock it will be opened. Some answers will come sooner or later than others. I believe that is dependent upon whether or not it is time for the answer to be revealed, or whether or not you the seeker are prepared for the answer you’ll find. It starts off with necessary experience and knowledge, to where it eventually grows into responsibility of the knowledge.
Look at driving for example. As a young toddler or child your experience in a car is limited to what is safe. Forget driving the car, you’re not even allowed to sit in the front seat. I mean in the first year you’re not even allowed to face forward. Yet as you grow and mature you’ll eventually be given the opportunity to drive as you learn the responsibility of that comes with driving.
Adam started off with the basics too; like naming the animals and learning what and what not to eat. It’s not that an eight year old wouldn’t love to drive a car, it just ain’t gonna happen. At least not without ending badly. There is a time, a place, and a maturity level for everything. A part of being deemed to have good judgement means listening to and obeying instructions when given. If you show yourself meek, meaning teachable, you will inherit the Kingdom.
We are given tests to qualify, and we are given trials to prove innocence. The Greek word for testing ekpeirazo means to prove or test throughly. The Greek word for trial peirasmos meaning a putting to proof by experiment of Good, experience of evil by implication, adversity, or temptation. Both words have been translated to mean temptation in the King James however other translations make the distinction. Would Yahweh give us a test we are not ready for? Would Yahweh allow us to be tested in a situation he knows we would fail?
One day the angels came to present themselves before Yahweh, and Satan also came with them. Yahweh said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered Yahweh, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” Then the Yahweh said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears Elohim and shuns evil.” “Does Job fear Elohim for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” Yahweh said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of Yahweh.
1 Corinthians 10:11-13
These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And Yahweh is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Yes Yahweh does allow us to be tested. However Yahweh is the one who sets the term. Plus you will never be tested above what you are able to handle. If we were never meant to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, then it was a test we as humanity would have been born to fail. Even if the first man Adam hadn’t; do you think that in the last six thousand not one person wouldn’t have eaten from that tree, especially when there was a being bent and seeing it happen?
The Serpent was sent to test. It is debatable from whom however. The serpent was cursed by Yahweh for the role it played in the deceiving of Eve. Yet I think it is foolish to believe Yahweh didn’t know what was happening in the garden. Regardless the result was still the same. Every teenager wants to be able to make their own decisions, for Adam the tree did just that. If he could discern good and evil for himself he would not need Yahweh. Yet he did need Yahweh, and we still do too.
Was this the test on whether or not Adam was ready for the tree? Had Adam told the serpent “No,” would Yahweh have told him, “Because of your obedience you have proved yourself that you could be trusted to listen when I give guidance now that you know good from evil?” We’ll probably never know on this side. Besides that point Adam had already committed two unknown sins prior to committing his known sin.
Number one Adam withheld information from Eve. Scripture never deals with the fall being Eve’s fault. Adam is named the guilty party. Paul said that sin entered into world through Adam. Yes Paul also goes on to say the reason why he doesn’t allow women to teach is because Eve was deceived. Yet, what we fail to realize is that Eve was deceived. Meaning she had no idea what she was going to do. Adam had failed to inform Eve and impatience might have been the reason why.
Impatience was the second sin. Adam wanted to be like the elohim, and knew it was promised to him. Otherwise why would Adam ignore the warning given by Yahweh? Do not eat under pain of death is a serious warning. Unless of course Adam’s question was, “Why would something kill me now, yet not kill me later?” Adam knew the goal he just chose to jump the gun and push his luck. So if Eve could survive the taste test then Adam could eat too. Her ignorance probably saved both of them, if Adam had eaten it first he probably would have been struck dead on the spot.
Yahshua also knew the goal. In order for the redemption to be just and complete Yahshua could not have been given a better shot. In fact Yahshua had it worst than Adam. Adam had to wait to eat a piece of fruit, Yahshua had to live knowing that he was going to die. One thing we know for sure Yahshua was not in a hurry to get this done. However, Yahshua knowingly and willingly faced death because he knew it would benefit others, that seems like a kind of guy you would like to keep around. Yahshua, like Adam, however was tempted with the short cut. When the Devil offered the kingdoms of the earth in return for worship Yahshua knew that meant he wouldn’t have to die.
If Yahweh wanted to make us in His image, knowing good from evil is a part of that. If Yahweh knew we would eat of the tree even though we were never meant to, He never would have planted that tree in the garden. Yahweh especially would not have looked down at the tree of knowledge on the seventh day and said it was good. Since it was His plan that all of humanity should be like Yahshua, He sent Yahshua to make sure no matter what it would happen. It would be so easy to blame Yahweh for all the death and destruction in world, if only he set up the tree as an entrapment.
Yet if Adam was at fault for the misery of existence, then maybe we are too? I recently read a quote that stated, “I will never ask Yahweh why He allows sadness, destruction and injustice in the world happen. Because I would fear He would ask me the same question.” We are just as responsible for sins and disobedience just as Adam was.
Then say to them, ‘It is because your ancestors forsook me,’ declares Yahweh, ‘and followed other gods and served and worshiped them. They forsook me and did not keep my law. But you have behaved more wickedly than your ancestors. See how all of you are following the stubbornness of your evil hearts instead of obeying me.
The problem with eating of the tree was this; we are created beings, and as such we are not eternal. This means we do not have perfect knowledge and understanding like Yahweh does. Therefore everything we learn, we learn through experience. Teenager like to drive the car fast because it’s fun. Safe driving is boring driving. Without a proper teacher or ignoring proper instruction we make right wrong and wrong right. Everything becomes relative and subjective to the individual. Yet, Yahweh is absolute and wants to instruct our experience with wisdom and understand, by guiding our moral compass.
We have less of an excuse then Adam did. Adam spoiled his dinner by eating from the cookie jar too soon, yet all we eat are the cookies because we refuse to do differently. A part of that is due to the sin nature. However since the death, resurrection, and ascension of Yahshua we don’t even have that excuse to fall back on. Yahshua died to give us the grace to not only overcome temptation, but to overcome the cause of temptation, the curse of the Tree of Knowledge. We do this by doing what Adam should have done. Yahweh knows that knowledge is a powerful tool, and that people with powerful tools usually hurt themselves. So be patient and obey his commands. By doing so we can make the right decisions and we can then apply wisdom to our knowledge of Good and Evil.