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Bible App Commentary of the Bible Verses in Genesis 3
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1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LordGod had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
8 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.
9 And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
22 And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
23 Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Bible APP Commentary of Bible Verses in Genesis 3. The tale of this section is maybe as tragic a story (everything considered) as any we have in all the Bible. In the prior sections we have had the wonderful perspective of the heavenliness and joy of our first guardians, the effortlessness and support of God, and the harmony and magnificence of the entire creation, all great, great; however, here the scene is changed. We have here a record of the transgression and wretchedness of our first guardians, the rage and revile of God against them, the tranquility of the creation exasperates, and its excellence recolored and sullied, all awful, terrible. “How has the gold turned out to be diminished, and the finest gold changed!” O that our hearts were profoundly influenced with this record! For we are on the whole almost worried in it; let it not be to us as a story that is told. The general substance of this section we have (Rom. 5:12 ), “By one man sin went into the world, and demise by transgression; thus demise go upon all men, for that all have trespassed.” More especially, we have here, I. The guiltless enticed (v. 1-5). II. The enticed transgressing (v. 6-8). III. The transgressors charged (v. 9, v. 10). IV. Upon their arraignment, indicted (v. 11-13). V. Upon their conviction, condemned, (v. 14-19). VI. After the sentence, reprieved (v. 20, v. 21). VII. Despite their respite, execution to some extent done (v. 22-24). What’s more, were it not for the thoughtful insinuations here given of reclamation by the guaranteed seed, they, and all their ruffian liable race would have been left to interminable misery.
Bible APP Commentary of Bible Verses in Genesis 3 chapters 1-5 We have here a record of the allurement with which Satan ambushed our first guardians, to draw them into transgression, and which demonstrated lethal to them. Here observe,I. The seducer and that was the demon, in the shape and resemblance of a serpent.1. It is sure it was the fallen angel that overwhelmed Eve. The demon and Satan is the old snake (Rev. 12:9 ), a threatening soul, by creating a heavenly attendant of light and a quick specialist upon God’s royal position, yet by transgression turn into a backslider from his first state and a radical against God’s crown and respect. Huge numbers of the blessed messengers fell; however this that assaulted our first guardians was most likely the ruler of the demons, the ring-pioneer in the insubordination: no sooner was he a delinquent than he was a Satan, no sooner a backstabber than a seducer, as one chafed against God and his brilliance and desirous of man and his joy. He realized he couldn’t decimate man yet by defiling him. Balaam couldn’t revile Israel, however, he could entice Israel, Rev. 2:14 . The diversion along these lines which Satan needed to play was to attract our first guardians to sin, thus to isolate among them and their God. Therefore the fiend was, from the earliest starting point, a killer, and the incredible fiendishness creator. The entire race of humankind had here, figuratively speaking, yet one neck, and at that Satan struck. The foe and adversary is that devilish one.2.
Bible APP Commentary of Bible Verses in Genesis 3 on fallen Angel. It was the fallen angel in the similarity of a snake. Regardless of whether it was just the obvious shape and appearance of a snake (as some think those were of which we perused, Ex. 7:12 ), or whether it was a genuine living snake, incited and controlled by the fallen angel, isn’t sure: by God’s authorization it may be either. The villain acted his part in a snake, (1.) Because it is a probable animal, has a spotted dappled skin, and after that went erect. Maybe it was a flying snake, which appeared to originate from a lofty position as an emissary from the upper world, one of the seraphim; for the searing snakes were flying, Isa. 14:29 . Numerous a hazardous enticement comes to us in gay fine hues that are nevertheless shallow, and appears to originate from above; for Satan can appear a heavenly attendant of light. What’s more, (2.) Because it is an unpretentious animal; this is here considered. Numerous occasions are given of the nuance of the snake, both to do insidiousness and to anchor himself in it when it is finished. We are coordinated to be savvy as snakes. In any case, this snake, as activated by the fallen angel, was no uncertainty more unpretentious than some other; for the fiend, however, he has lost the holiness, holds the savvy of a heavenly attendant, and is insightful to do maliciously. He knew about more preferred standpoint by making utilization of the snake than we know about.
Bible APP Commentary of Bible Verses in Genesis 3 on Villian. Watch, There isn’t anything by which the villain serves himself and his very own advantage more than by unsanctified nuance. What Eve thought of this snake addressing her we are not prone to tell, when I trust she herself did not comprehend what to consider it. At first, maybe, she guessed it may be a decent blessed messenger, but then, a while later, she may speculate something wrong. It is noteworthy that the Gentile heathens did a large number of them adore the demon in the shape and type of a snake, in this way acknowledging their adherence to that defector soul and wearing his colours.II. The individual enticed was the lady, presently alone, and at separation from her significant other, however close to the taboo tree. It was the fallen angel’s nuance, 1. To attack the flimsier vessel with his enticements.
Bible APP Commentary of Bible Verses in Genesis 3 on Adam. In spite of the fact that ideal in her sort, yet we may assume her mediocre compared to Adam in learning, and quality, and sound judgment. Some think Eve got the order, not promptly from God, but rather at second hand by her significant other, and in this way may the more effectively be induced to dishonor it. It was his strategy to go into talk with her when she was distant from everyone else. Had she held near the side out of which she was of late taken, she would not have been so much uncovered. There are numerous allurements, to which isolation gives extraordinary favorable position; however, the fellowship of holy people contribute much tot beneficiary quality and wellbeing. He exploited by discovering her close to the illegal tree, and presumably looking at its product, just to fulfill her interest. Those that would not eat the taboo organic product must not draw close to the prohibited tree. Maintain a strategic distance from it, pass not by it, Prov. 4:15 . Satan enticed Eve, that by her he may entice Adam; so he enticed Job by his better half and Christ by Peter. It is his approach to send enticements by unsuspected hands, and theirs that have most enthusiasm for us and impact upon us.III.
Bible APP Commentary of Bible Verses in Genesis 3 on allurement of evil. The allurement itself, and its counterfeit administration. We are frequently, in sacred writing, recounted our peril by the allurements of Satan, his gadgets (2 Co. 2:11 ), his profundities (Rev. 2:24 ), his wiles, Eph. 6:11 . The best occurrences we have of them are in his enticing of the two Adams, here, and Mt. 4, . In this, he won, yet in that he was bewildered. What he addressed them, of whom he had no hold by any debasement in them, he talks in us by our very own tricky hearts and their fleshly thoughts; this makes his attacks on us less perceivable, however not less perilous. That which the demon went for was to induce Eve to cut illegal natural product; and, to do this, he took a similar strategy that he does even now. He addressed whether it was wrongdoing or no, v. 1. He denied that there was any peril in it, v. 4. He proposed a much favorable position by it, v. 5. What’s more, these are his basic topics.1. He addressed whether it was wrongdoing or no to eating of this tree and whether extremely its product was illegal. Observe,(1.) He said to the lady, Yea, hath God stated, You will not eat? The principal word hinted something said previously, presenting this, and with which it is associated, maybe some talk Eve had with herself, which Satan grabbed hold of, and united this inquiry upon. In the chain of musings, one thing abnormally gets another, and maybe something awful finally. See here, [1.] He doesn’t find his plan at first, however, puts an inquiry which appeared to be blameless: “I hear a bit of news, implore is it valid? has God prohibited you to eat of this tree?” Thus he would start a talk, and draw her into a conference.
Bible APP Commentary of Bible Verses in Genesis 3 on the seducer. Those that would be protected have should be suspicious, and short of chatting with the seducer. [2.] He cites the order misleadingly, as though it were a preclusion, of that tree, as well as of all. God had stated, Of each tree, you may eat, aside from one. He, by exasperating the special case, attempts to nullify the concession: Hath God stated, You will not eat of each tree? The divine law can’t be censured except if it is first distorted. [3.] He appears to talk it tauntingly, scolding the lady with her modesty of interfering with that tree; as though he had stated, “You are so pleasant and wary, thus extremely exact, in light of the fact that God has stated, ‘You will not eat.” The villain, as he is a liar, so he is a scoffer, from the earliest starting point: and the scoffers of the most recent days are his kids. [4.] That which he went for in the principal beginning was to remove her feeling of the commitment of the direction.
Bible APP Commentary of Bible Verses in Genesis 3 on the tree of life. “Without a doubt, you are mixed up, it can’t be that God should tie you out from this tree; he would not do as such irrational a thing.” See here, That it is the nuance of Satan to imperfection the notoriety of the perfect law as questionable or outlandish, thus to attract individuals to sin; and that it is accordingly our insight to keep up an a firm conviction of, and high regard for, the direction of God. Has God stated, “You will not lie, nor disrespect his name, nor be smashed,” and so forth.? “Indeed, I am certain he has, and it is well stated, and by his elegance, I will submit to it, whatever the seducer recommends to the contrary.”(2.) In reply to this inquiry, the lady gives him a plain and full record of the law they were under, v. 2, v. 3. Here watch, [1.] It was her shortcoming to go into talk with the snake. She may have seen by his inquiry that he had nothing more than a bad memory structure, and ought to in this manner have begun back with a Get thee behind me, Satan, thou workmanship an offense to me. Be that as it may, her interest, and maybe her amazement, to hear a snake talk, drove her into further chat with him. Note, It is a perilous thing to treat with an allurement, which should at first to be rejected with hate and hatred. The battalion that sounds a conference isn’t a long way from being surrendered. Those that would be kept from mischief must keep out of damage’s way. See Prov. 14:7 Prov. 19:27 . [2.] It was her astuteness to pay heed to the freedom God had allowed them, in reply to his shrewd implication, as though God has placed them into heaven just to tempt them.
Bible APP Commentary of Bible Verses in Genesis 3 tempter. [4.] She seems a little to waver about the threatening and is not so particular and faithful in the repetition of that as of the precept. God has said, In the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die; all she makes of that is, Lest you die. Note, Wavering faith and wavering resolutions give a great advantage to the tempter.2. He denies that there was any danger in it, insisting that, though it might be the transgressing of a precept, yet it would not be the incurring of a penalty: You shall not surely die, v. 4. “You shall not die die,’’ so the word is, in direct contradiction to what God had said. Either, (1.) “It is not certain that you shall die,’’ so some. “It is not so sure as you are made to believe it is.’’ Thus Satan endeavors to shake that which he cannot overthrow, and invalidates the force of divine threatenings by questioning the certainty of them; and, when once it is supposed possible that there may be falsehood or fallacy in any word of God, a door is then opened to downright infidelity. Satan teaches men first to doubt and then to deny; he makes them skeptics first, and so by degrees makes them atheists. Or, (2.) “It is certain you shall not die,’’ so others. He avers his contradiction with the same phrase of assurance that God had used in ratifying the threatening. He began to call the precept in question (v. 1), but, finding that the woman adhered to that, he quitted that battery, and made his second onset upon the threatening, where he perceived her to waver; for he is quick to spy all advantages and to attack the wall where it is weakest: You shall not surely die. This was a lie, a downright lie; for, [1.] It was contrary to the word of God, which we are sure is true. See 1 Jn. 2:21, 1 Jn. 2:27 . It was such a lie as gave the lie to God himself. [2.] It was contrary to his own knowledge. When he told them there was no danger in disobedience and rebellion he said that which he knew, by woeful experience, to be false. He had broken the law of his creation, and had found, to his cost, that he could not prosper in it; and yet he tells our first parents they shall not die. He concealed his own misery, that he might draw them into the like: thus he still deceives sinners into their own ruin. He tells them that, though they sin, they shall not die; and gains credit rather than God, who tells them, The wages of sin is death. Note, Hope of impunity is a great support to all iniquity and impenitency in it. I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of my heart, Deu. 29:19 .3.
Bible APP Commentary of Bible Verses in Genesis 3 on the undertaking. He promises them an advantage by it, v. 5. Here he follows his blow, and it was a blow at the root, a fatal blow to the tree we are branches of. He not only would undertake that they should be no losers by it, thus binding himself to save them from harm; but (if they would be such fools as to venture upon the security of one that had himself become a bankrupt) he undertakes they shall be gainers by it, unspeakable gainers. He could not have persuaded them to run the hazard of ruining themselves if he had not suggested to them a great probability of bettering themselves.(1.) He insinuates to them the great improvements they would make by eating of this fruit. And he suits the temptation to the pure state they were now in, proposing to them, not any carnal pleasures or gratifications, but intellectual delights and satisfaction. These were the baits with which he covered his hook. [1.] “Your eyes shall be opened; you shall have much more of the power and pleasure of contemplation than now you have; you shall fetch a larger compass in your intellectual views, and see further into things than now you do.’’ He speaks as if now they were but dim-sighted, and short-sighted, in comparison of what they would be then. [2.] “You shall be as gods, as Elohim, mighty gods; not only omniscient, but omnipotent too;’’ or, “You shall be as God himself, equal to him, rivals with him; you shall be sovereigns and no longer subjects, self-sufficient and no longer dependent.’’
Bible APP Commentary of Bible Verses in Genesis 3 on the absurd. A most absurd suggestion! As if it were possible for creatures of yesterday to be like their Creator that was from eternity. [3.] “You shall know good and evil, that is, everything that is desirable to be known.’’ To support this part of the temptation, he abuses the name given to this tree: it was intended to teach the practical knowledge of good and evil, that is, of duty and disobedience; and it would prove the experimental knowledge of good and evil, that is, of happiness and misery. In these senses, the name of the tree was a warning to them not to eat of it; but he perverts the sense of it, and wrests it to their destruction, as if this tree would give them a speculative notional knowledge of the natures, kinds, and originals, of good and evil. And, [4.] All this presently: “In the day you eat thereof you will find a sudden and immediate change for the better.’’ Now in all these insinuations he aims to beget in them, First, Discontent with their present state, as if it were not so good as it might be, and should be. Note, No condition will of itself bring contentment unless the mind is brought to it. Adam was not easy, no, not in paradise, nor the angels in their first state, Jude. 6, . Secondly, Ambition of preferment, as if they were fit to be gods. Satan had ruined himself by desiring to be like the Most High (Isa. 14:14 ), and therefore seeks to infect our first parents with the same desire, that he might ruin them too.(2.)
Bible APP Commentary of Bible Verses in Genesis 3 on a good design. He insinuates to them that God had no good design upon them, in forbidding them this fruit: “For God doth know how much it will advance you; and therefore, in envy and ill-will to you, he hath forbidden it:’’ as if he durst not let them eat of that tree because then they would know their own strength, and would not continue in an inferior state, but be able to cope with him; or as if he grudged them the honor and happiness to which their eating of that tree would prefer them. Now, [1.] This was a great affront to God, and the highest indignity that could be done him, a reproach to his power, as if he feared his creatures, and much more a reproach to his goodness, as if he hated the work of his own hands and would not have those whom he has made to be made happy. Shall the best of men think it strange to be misrepresented and evil spoken of when God himself is so? Satan, as he is the accuser of the brethren before God, so he accuses God before the brethren; thus he sows discord and is the father of those that do so. [2.] It was a most dangerous snare to our first parents, as it tended to alienate their affections from God, and so to withdraw them from their allegiance to him. Thus still the devil draws people into his interest by suggesting to them hard thoughts of God, and false hopes of benefit and advantage by sin. Let us, therefore, in opposition to him, always think well of God as the best good, and think ill of sin as the worst of evils: thus let us resist the devil, and he will flee from us.
Bible APP Commentary of Bible Verses on Verses 6-8 Here we see what Eve’s parley with the tempter ended in. Satan, at length, gains his point, and the strong-hold is taken by his wiles. God tried the obedience of our first parents by forbidding them the tree of knowledge, and Satan does, as it were, join issue with God, and in that very thing undertakes to seduce them into a transgression; and here we find how he prevailed, God permitting it for wise and holy ends.I. We have here the inducements that moved them to transgress. The woman, being deceived by the tempter’s artful management, was ringleader in the transgression, 1 Tim. 2:14 . She was first in the fault; and it was the result of her consideration, or rather her inconsideration. 1. She saw no harm in this tree, more than in any of the rest. It was said of all the rest of the fruit-trees with which the garden of Eden was planted that they were pleasant to the sight, and good for food, ch. 2:9 . Now, in her eye, this was like all the rest. It seemed as good for food as any of them, and she saw nothing in the colour of its fruit that threatened death or danger; it was as pleasant to the sight as any of them, and therefore, “What hurt could it do them? Why should this be forbidden them rather than any of the rest?’’ Note, When there is thought to be no more harm in forbidden fruit than in other fruit sin lies at the door, and Satan soon carries the day. Nay, perhaps it seemed to her to be better for food, more grateful to the taste, and more nourishing to the body, than any of the rest, and to her eye it was more pleasant than any. We are often betrayed into snares by an inordinate desire to have our senses gratified.
Bible APP Commentary of Bible Verses in Genesis 3 on coveted and prohibited. Or, if it had nothing in it more inviting than the rest, yet it was the more coveted because it was prohibited. Whether it was so in her or not, we find that in us (that is, in our flesh, in our corrupt nature) there dwells a strange spirit of contradiction. Nitimur in vetitum—We desire what is prohibited. 2. She imagined more virtue in this tree than in any of the rest, that it was a tree not only not to be dreaded, but to be desired to make one wise, and therein excelling all the rest of the trees. This she saw, that is, she perceived and understood it by what the devil had said to her; and some think that she saw the serpent eat of that tree, and that he told her he thereby had gained the faculties of speech and reason, whence she inferred its power to make one wise, and was persuaded to think, “If it made a brute creature rational, why might it not make a rational creature divine?’’ See here how the desire of unnecessary knowledge, under the mistaken notion of wisdom, proves hurtful and destructive to many. Our first parents, who knew so much, did not know this—that they knew enough. Christ is a tree to be desired to make one wise, Col. 2:3 ; 1 Co. 1:30 . Let us, by faith, feed upon him, that we may be wise to salvation. In the heavenly paradise, the tree of knowledge will not be a forbidden tree; for there we shall know as we are known. Let us therefore long to be there, and, in the meantime, not exercise ourselves in things too high or too deep for us, nor covet to be wise above what is written.II. The steps of the transgression, not steps upward, but downward towards the pit—steps that take hold on hell. 1. She saw. She should have turned away her eyes from beholding vanity; but she enters into temptation, by looking with pleasure on the forbidden fruit.
Bible APP Commentary of Bible Verses in Genesis 3 on the observatoin. Observe, A great deal of sin comes in at the eyes. At these windows Satan throws in those fiery darts which pierce and poison the heart. The eye affects the heart with guilt as well as grief. Let us therefore, with holy Job, make a covenant with our eyes, not to look on that which we are in danger of lusting after, Prov. 23:31 ; Mt. 5:28 . Let the fear of God be always to us for a covering of the eyes, ch. 20:16 . She took. It was her own act and deed. The devil did not take it, and put it into her mouth, whether she would or no; but she herself took it. Satan may tempt, but he cannot force; may persuade us to cast ourselves down, but he cannot cast us down, Mt. 4:6 . Eve’s taking was stealing, like Achan’s taking the accursed thing, taking that to which she had no right. Surely she took it with a trembling hand. She did eat. Perhaps she did not intend, when she looked, to take, nor, when she took, to eat; but this was the result. Note, The way of sin is downhill; a man cannot stop himself when he will. The beginning o it is as the breaking forth of water, to which it is hard to say, “Hitherto thou shalt come and no further.’’ Therefore it is our wisdom to suppress the first emotions of sin, and to leave it off before it be meddled with. Obsta principiis—Nip mischief in the bud. 4. She gave also to her husband with her. It is probable that he was not with her when she was tempted (surely, if he had, he would have interposed to prevent the sin), but came to her when she had eaten, and was prevailed upon by her to eat likewise; for it is easier to learn that which is bad than to teach that which is good. She gave it to him, persuading him with the same arguments that the serpent had used with her, adding this to all the rest, that she herself had eaten of it, and found it so far from being deadly that it was extremely pleasant and grateful. Stolen waters are sweet.
Bible APP Commentary of Bible Verses on KShe gave it to him, under colour of kindness—she would not eat these delicious morsels alone; but really it was the greatest unkindness she could do him. Or perhaps she gave it to him that, if it should prove hurtful, he might share with her in the misery, which indeed looks strangely unkind, and yet may, without difficulty, be supposed to enter into the heart of one that had eaten forbidden fruit. Note, Those that have themselves done ill are commonly willing to draw in others to do the same. As was the devil, so was Eve, no sooner a sinner than a tempter. 5. He did eat, overcome by his wife’s importunity. It is needless to ask, “What would have been the consequence if Eve only had transgressed?’’ The wisdom of God, we are sure, would have decided the difficulty, according to equity; but, alas! the case was not so; Adam also did eat. “And what great harm if he did?’’ say the corrupt and carnal reasonings of a vain mind. What harm! Why, this act involved disbelief of God’s word, together with confidence in the devil’s, discontent with his present state, pride in his own merits, and ambition of the honour which comes not from God, envy at God’s perfections, and indulgence of the appetites of the body. In neglecting the tree of life of which he was allowed to eat, and eating of the tree of knowledge which was forbidden, he plainly showed a contempt of the favours God had bestowed on him, and a preference given to those God did not see fit for him. He would be both his own carver and his own master, would have what he pleased and do what he pleased: his sin was, in one word, disobedience (Rom. 5:19 ), disobedience to a plain, easy, and express command, which probably he knew to be a command of trial. He sinned against great knowledge, against many mercies, against light and love, the clearest light and the dearest love that ever sinner sinned against. He had no corrupt nature within him to betray him; but had a freedom of will, not enslaved, and was in his full strength, not weakened or impaired. He turned aside quickly. Some think he fell the very day on which he was made; but I see not how to reconcile this with God’s pronouncing all very good in the close of the day.
Bible APP Commentary of Bible Verses on the sabbath. Others suppose he fell on the sabbath day: the better day the worse deed. However, it is certain that he kept his integrity but a very little while: being in honour, he continued not. But the greatest aggravation of his sin was that he involved all his posterity in sin and ruin by it. God having told him that his race should replenish the earth, surely he could not but know that he stood as a public person, and that his disobedience would be fatal to all his seed; and, if so, it was certainly both the greatest treachery and the greatest cruelty that ever was. The human nature being lodged entirely in our first parents, henceforward it could not but be transmitted from them under an attainder of guilt, a stain of dishonour, and an hereditary disease of sin and corruption. And can we say, then, that Adam’s sin had but little harm in it?III. The ultimate consequences of the transgression. Shame and fear seized the criminals, ipso facto—in the fact itself; these came into the world along with sin, and still attend it.1. Shame seized them unseen, v. 7, where observe,(1.) The strong convictions they fell under, in their own bosoms: The eyes of them both were opened. It is not meant of the eyes of the body; these were open before, as appears by this, that the sin came in at them.
Bible APP Commentary of Bible Verses in Genesis 3 on the forbidden fruit, Jonathan’s eyes were enlightened by eating forbidden fruit (1 Sa. 14:27 ), that is, he was refreshed and revived by it; but theirs were not so. Nor is it meant of any advances made hereby in true knowledge; but the eyes of their consciences were opened, their hearts smote them for what they had done. Now, when it was too late, they saw the folly of eating forbidden fruit. They saw the happiness they had fallen from, and the misery they had fallen into. They saw a loving God provoked, his grace and favour forfeited, his likeness and image lost, dominion over the creatures gone. They saw their natures corrupted and depraved, and felt a disorder in their own spirits of which they had never before been conscious. They saw a law in their members warring against the law of their minds, and captivating them both to sin and wrath. They saw, as Balaam, when his eyes were opened (Num. 22:31 ), the angel of the Lord standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand; and perhaps they saw the serpent that had abused them insulting over them. The text tells us that they saw that they were naked, that is, [1.] That they were stripped, deprived of all the honours and joys of their paradise-state, and exposed to all the miseries that might justly be expected from an angry God. They were disarmed; their defence had departed from them. [2.] That they were shamed, forever shamed, before God and angels. They saw themselves disrobed of all their ornaments and ensigns of honour, degraded from their dignity and disgraced in the highest degree, laid open to the contempt and reproach of heaven, and earth, and their own consciences.
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