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Man became like one of US

Gen. 3:2-5 While in the garden Eve is drawn into a discussion with the Serpent whom John identifies in Rev. 12:9; 20:2 that old serpent“as the Devil and Satan.” She tells him what she was told by Adam of having the freedom to “eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.' " Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

To be like God

After being in the garden of paradise for some time (unknown exactly) An intruder comes in disguise as one of the creatures using it to lure Eve into questioning her maker. Both Adam and Eve eat from this tree. Eve is first, who then offers it to Adam and he takes it willingly. The Lord comes late in the day as he usually does in Gen 3:9-10 we read that the “ LORD God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?" So he said, "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself."

In Gen 3:22-23 the pronouncement “ Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil.”

Man did not become as God (like the Devil said to Eve) instead, he became like God in his knowledge, he added evil to his being good, it was accomplished by his disobedience that damaged his state of good that he was made in. He went from sinlessness to sinfulness by this one act. the answer is contained in the verse, by knowing  good and evil, something he did not know previously and learned by experiencing it.

God prevented them from eating any longer from the tree of life so that this state would not be permanent for them and they would “ live forever" in this fallen state. “ Therefore the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.”

“become like one of Us” points to God, the triune God, not any other creature like an angel. God has knowledge of what is evil but does not do it, he can only do what is his nature, good. Man learned by experience what is evil, to disobey Gods command and now has the knowledge of evil along with good. His eating from the tree is emblematic of what he has to wrestle with because it was introduced into his nature by this one act.


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