reply to post by Sparky63
The Fruit was not sex. If it was, why would Eve, after having eaten it, noticed that it was good for "food".
Gen 3:6 6And 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.
Bold added by me for empasis.
The expression "good for food", as used there is "Lust of the flesh", while "pleasant to the eyes" is "Lust of the eyes." ( E.W. Bullinger,
God had put this tree in the middle of the garden, but the account also states that there were other trees in the garde that they may eat from. If the
tree of knowlege was a metaphor for sex, of what are all the rest of the trees a metaphor? Adam & Eve were authorized to eat from them.
The simplest answer is that it was a tree producing real fruit. The fruit was not Adam or Eves property, it was not given to them. This was a test or
symbol of the loyalty and obedience to Gods law.
Yes, there were other trees and they offered real food. The tree of knowledge of good and evil wasn't a metaphor for sex but for Satan . He was the
serpent and held that knowledge. He at one time was good as God loved him and elevated him to the highest of positions and he was also evil. At his
appearance in the garden he had already rebelled.
Christ was the Tree of Life and Satan was the tree of knowledge of good and evil. There is much symbology contained in a tree. They have a trunk as
we do, we have limbs as a tree does, we are rooted in our life as a tree is in the ground.
Jesus also made reference to trees:
Mark 8:23 And He took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when He had spit on his eyes, and put His hands upon him, He
asked him if he saw ought.
24.And he looked up, and said, "I see men as trees, walking."
25.After that He put His hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.
In everything Christ did He was teaching. We know He wouldn't need two attempts to heal the man's sight. Could the phrase he uttered, "I see men
as trees", be for us too, so that when we are no longer blind we will see the secret from the Garden, we will know about the trees?
There are many references to trees throughout the Bible and perhaps the most important is the fig tree. The story of the fig carries through the
Bible, beginning when Adam and Eve covered themselves with fig leaves, Christ telling us to "learn the parable of the fig tree" to a fig tree
"casting her untimely figs" in Revelation. It is important!
1 John 4:8 was added as a reference noting that God is Love. He would not have given them the commandment to multiply and fill the earth and then
condemn them for doing so.
That is true but He didn't condemn them for having children. He condemned them for the act they commited in the Garden and it wasn't taking a bite
of a piece of fruit.
Take the first prophecy:
Gen.3:6And 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
Seed - Strong's #2232...zara, a prim. root, to sow; fig. to disseminate, plant, fructify: - bear, conceive seed
, set with, sow (-er), yield
#2233 zera, from 2232; seed; fig, fruit, plant, sowing-time, posterity: - carnally, child,
fruitful, seed )-time) sowing-time.
32234 zera (Chald.) posterity
: - seed
The meaning is even more evident in the Greek.
11 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtility so your minds should be corrupted from
the simplicity that is in Christ.
Beguiled is #1818 exapatao - to seduce wholly - beguile, deceive.
In Matthew 13, where Christ is teaching about the sowing of seed He tells us:
Matthew 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
28. He said unto them, 'An enemy hath done this.......
The seed Christ was teaching about is:
#4690 Greek, sperma, the male sperm, by impl. offspring.
So....as you see from these verses, and others, Christ is telling us what happened in the garden had nothing to do with a piece of fruit.