Conscience, seeing good and bad, having to face punishment for misdeeds

It is not about a Devil’s Delusion but about man’s delusion and human escape from his own responsible choices.

In the 3rd chapter of the book of the Beginnings we have come to see how the fatal progression in the woman’s mind begins with the physical (eating), moves to the aesthetic (a delight to the eyes), and culminates in the intellectual (a source of wisdom). The Chavah was so much carried away by her hope to get to know as much as her Creator that she did not mind going in against His Wishes.

“The woman saw that the tree was good for eating and that it was a delight to the eyes, and the tree was desirable to contemplate. She took from its fruit and ate and gave also to her husband beside her, and he ate.”
(Genesis 3:6 SB)

In the world there are lots of people who say sin is something inherited, but here we get the proof it is not given to us by our forefathers, but it is the individual choice of the person himself or herself. Averah or chattat (or sin) cannot be blamed on environment or heredity. Sin nature does not come from our parents to us, but is part of our weaknesses to which we give in. In certain religious groups there are even preachers who want their flock to believe that those who are sick, are sick because of their sins.

Sinning has all to do with placing your priorities and by your willingness to follow God and to keep to His mitzvot. Man has received a conscience from God, which enables him to think and to make choices. In certain religions, the turmoil of trying to decide between doing right or wrong is illustrated with a devil sitting on a person’s left shoulder and an angel sitting on the right shoulder. Both whisper in the person’s ear in an effort to persuade him which choice to make. But there are no such devilish and good angels or messengers sitting on our shoulders or around us. For many it is a way out to give the blame for their wrongdoing to someone else, the devil or Satan.Several clergy make use of it to trick people in their false teachings and force-feeding their philosophical opinions to the masses as truth, lots of people are happy they do not have to feel guilty for doing wrong, because those preachers tell them it is the devil they should blame.

What goes on is the battle that happens in man’s head. It is our way of thinking, our conscience. There may be an awful lot of demonic “guidance” running around in this world, seeking to lead us into swamps and bringing us on the borders of dangerous cliffs. Lots of people shall do their utmost best to get you far away from God, but that may not be an excuse to blame them when you leave God. It shall always be your responsibility which way you want to go and your choice either to follow God and to stay in line with His ordinances or to please peoples ears and to go on with their traditions.

The Chavah had heard about the request of God not to eat from the Etz HaDa’as Tov v’Rah. But she ignored His warning that she would come to see and understand “good” and “evil“. The voice in her head, or the serpent, promised that her eyes would be opened and that she would become like gods. This would have been very attractive, and she wanted to come on equal grounds as her God.

“The snake said to the woman: Die, you will not die!
Rather, God knows that on the day that you eat from it, your eyes will be opened and you will become like gods, knowing good and evil.”
(Genesis 3:4–5 SB)

The word of the Bore brought life and order; the word of the serpent brought chaos and death. Mankind now came to see that Truth is older than falsehood; God’s word came before Satan’s lies. As the serpent had predicted (v. 5), their eyes were opened, and they had enhanced knowledge.

“And the eyes of the two of them were opened and they knew [then] that they were nude. They sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.”
(Genesis 3:7 SB)

After the 1st man and mannin fell for the misleading or wrong idea about their Bore, the Elohim took measures and penalised them.

“YHWH God said to the snake: Because you have done this, damned be you from all the animals and from all the wildlife of the field; on your belly shall you walk and dust shall you eat, all the days of your life.
Enmity will I put between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed: they will bruise you on the head, and you will bruise them in the heel.
To the woman he said: I will multiply, multiply your pain [from] your pregnancy; with pains shall you bear children. Toward your husband will be your lust, yet he will rule over you.
To Adam he said: Because you hearkened to the voice of your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, saying: You are not to eat from it! Damned be the ground on your account; with painstaking-labor shall you eat from it, all the days of your life.
Thorn and sting-shrub let it spring up for you, when you [wish to] eat the plants of the field!
By the sweat of your nostrils shall you eat bread, until you return to the ground, for from it you were taken. For you are dust, and to dust shall you return.”
(Genesis 3:14–19 SB)

Jehovah reverses the order and punishes the malefactors in the order of their misdeeds. The serpent is to lose his legs, slither in the dirt, and suffer from the hostility of human beings (vv. 14–15). The woman will suffer pain in childbirth, experience sexual desire for her husband, yet be subordinate to him (v. 16). The man, for having obeyed her rather than God, will toil over unproductive soil all the days of his life, until the ground from which he was taken reabsorbs him (vv. 17–19; cf. 2:7). This way each human being was going to come on earth by birth, but shall have to work hard to survive and in the end shall be confronted several times with suffering, pain and having to face death, the body returning to the ground, becoming aphar or dust again.

With their new knowledge had come the shame of nudity that they had lacked in their childlike innocence (vv. 10–11; cf. 2:25), a symbol of a much more encompassing sense of guilt and an ominous estrangement between God and the primal couple. Full of shame they were put outside that magical Garden where everything was marvellously good. Having put out of that Royal Garden the primal couple having lost their innocence entered into the harsh world of adulthood and its painful realities.

God’s clothing the naked indicates that His anger was not the last word in the divine–human relationship. The Jewish ethical tradition finds in this unmerited kindness a paradigm for human behaviour, as well.

“Great are acts of kindness,”

a talmudic rabbi remarks,

“for the Torah begins with an act of kindness and ends with an act of kindness”

— it begins with God’s clothing the naked and ends with His burying the dead (Moses) (Deut. 34:6) (b. Soṭ. 14a).

The Chavah had become the giver of life, able to put children on earth, and as such she is the mannin Eve, the mother of all living, who received covering for their shame.

“ The human called his wife’s name: Havva/Life-giver, for she became the mother of all the living.
YHWH God made Adam and his wife coats of skins, and he clothed them.”
(Genesis 3:20–21 SB)

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Preceding

Orders for the first human beings and Rebellion against their Maker

Sources of evil

The Man and mannin versus the One Who allows us to exist

The image, living beings and being accountable to God

Moment of getting knowledge and its consequence

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Additional reading

  1. An openingschapter explaining why things are like they are and why we may have hope for better things
  2. A multifold of elements in creation and a bad choice made
  3. First mention of a solution against death 1 To divine, serpent, opposition, satan and adversary
  4. First mention of a solution against death 3 Tempter Satan and man’s problems
  5. Creator and Blogger God 3 Lesson and solution
  6. Genesis >> Chapter 3
  7. A Garden, a Man, a Woman, a Villain, an Angel, and God
  8. Eden and Evil Genesis 3-Pt 1
  9. Eden and Evil- Genesis 3 part 2
  10. Let’s Talk About Eve
  11. The figure of Eve
  12. Eve, Part I
  13. What Happened in the Garden?
  14. The 1st Adam in the Hebrew Scriptures #4 The Fall
  15. Genesis 3:1-13
  16. The Tragedy of Sin (Genesis 3:1-13)
  17. Bereshith 3 Fall of man
  18. Ezekiel 18:4 – What the Bible teaches about Soul and Spirit
  19. Satan or the devil
  20. De-Fanging the Devil, Part 3
  21. God’s Truth
  22. Scriptural Analysis- Genesis 3:14-15
  23. Scriptural Analysis- Genesis 3:16
  24. Scriptural Analysis- Genesis 3:17-19
  25. Scriptural Analysis- Genesis 3:20
  26. Bible Verse — Genesis 3:21
  27. Genesis 3:21 (NIV)
  28. Genesis 3: Man’s Downfall, and a promise
  29. Today’s thought “Allowed to have dominion over the universe” (January 02)
  30. Today’s thought “God will bring every deed into judgment … whether good or evil” (May 03)
  31. Today’s Thought “Receive with meekness the implanted word” (June 07)
  32. The Way of God or the way of the world?
  33. Who is mastering who
  34. Temptation in matrimony

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Related

  1. A hint of how humans were to function before we fell into sin?
  2. Eden- Genesis and Adam and Eve. By John Davy [1396d]
  3. Genesis 3
  4. Scriptural Analysis- Genesis 3:21
  5. Why Are You Eating That?
  6. Abrahamic Religions: The First Sin
  7. Seasoned Believers Expose Sin And Enlighten About Its Effects
  8. What is the conscience?
  9. Conscience and Conscientiousness
  10. Conscience: Miracle of the Moral Law
  11. Personal Righteousness; July 3, 2021
  12. Fighting the Enemy and Winning
  13. Did God really say? No!
  14. The Devil’s Delusion
  15. The Knowledge of Good and Evil
  16. The Knowledge of Good and Evil, by Glenn Kleier
  17. How the Law Brings Death
  18. Priority of Understanding
  19. Is There Grace In Genesis Chapter 3?
  20. Warmth of the Heart
  21. God Made Clothes?

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