......................................THE FALL .........................by J. Ben Avraham

The man opened his eyes and looked up at the deep blue sky that his creator had made. It was blue like a sparkling sapphire that reflected the bright, warmrays of the sun which the creator had put there in the midst. The bright sunlight warmed the skin of theman. It felt good, but so good. It was all part of the creation that the Godof all beings had put into place. The man sat up. He looked upon his arms, legs, and torsowhich were coated with a reddish-brown dust, the dust of the earth from whichhe was made. Then the man stood up uponhis feet and looked around at his surroundings. He looked towards the North, the South, towards the East, and theWest. All around him was a vast, greenforest-garden with all kinds of fruit bearing trees, bushes of berries, andfields of all sorts of grains. Therewere also trees and shrubs with no fruit, but instead, had multi-coloredflowers which emitted a variety of different, sweet fragrances which perfumedthe air around the man. The cool, green grass under his feet feltrefreshing, as there was the presence of a cool mist which came up from theearth to water the whole garden-forest (1). The man observed a high hill which was near the center of the garden. Alongside the hill he saw a crystal-clearriver that watered the garden. At alittle distance away, it parted into four separate rivers that flowed away fromthe garden forest. The man approached the river in the midstof the garden and found a small, quiet pool. When he looked down into the pool he saw a man looking up at him. The man that looked up at him glowed with asoft, glowing light. The man looked athimself carefully. He looked at his arms, legs, and torso and indeed, he didshine with his creator’s shekinah glory. The very essence of Elohim was upon his body. The man marveled at the garden-forestwhich Elohim had created. He desired allthe goodly fruit which hung from the branches of the diverse fruit-trees. Then Elohim spoke to the man out of theheavens and said; “Of every tree of the garden ye may freelyeat, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, forin the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die.” (2) So the man went in among the trees of thegarden and partook of all the goodly fruit that the trees produced. He ate from the trees that produced pears,apples, oranges, kiwi, mangos, bananas, and cherries. He also took from the vines that producedboth green and purple grapes. He ate ofthe trees until his hunger was satisfied. As he wandered throughout his paradisehome, he came to a clearing in the midst of the garden. There in the clearing grew the tree of theknowledge of good and evil. The tree wasa bit taller than the other trees of the garden-forest. It was lovely to look upon and it emitted afragrance that perfumed the whole area around it. Its fruit was like tiny clusters of grapes hangingfrom its many branches. But the manheeded the warning of his creator and continued to explore the rest of thegarden, leaving behind the forbidden tree. Now the man was not alone in the garden,for he saw many varieties and kinds of beasts, beasts that walked on all fourlegs, some that walked on two legs with long tails behind them. He also observed the beasts that flew throughthe air, both great and small. He bentdown to observe the tiny insects that scurried along the ground from which hewas made. He saw that some beasts wereof one color, others, such as the flying beasts, were of many colors. Then the man decided to follow one of therivers that flowed from the garden. Ashe gazed into the crystal clarity of the waters he noticed all kinds of fish,some of one only color, others of many colors. There were both large and small fish, all swimming up and down therivers. He went to observe the otherthree rivers and saw also, many fish that swam up and down the flowing waters. So God brought all the beasts of thefield, and fowls of the air to the man to see what he would call them. (3) As the man observed each and every beast, hegave them names according to their size and characteristics. To all he gave names, according to theirkinds and species, from the tiny field mouse that ran in the fields, to thegiant Behemoth, whose legs were like iron and whose tail was like a cedar andwith its long neck, would drink up the waters of the rivers. He named also the fowls of the air, from thetiny Titmouse that could fit in the palm of a hand, to the giant Pterosaurs,whose wing span was three times the height of a man, and whose flapping ofwings would stir up whirlwinds. The manalso gave names to the fish of the rivers, according to their species andkinds. The man continued to explore, even beyondthe boundaries of his garden home. Hetraveled westward even unto the great Sea. There he called forth the greatbeasts of the sea and they came forth, even unto the shore where the man stood. To them he also gave names. He gave names to the great whales, sharks,and to the swarming creatures, even the great Leviathan, whose massive sizetowered above the mightiest of the whales. Now the man noticed that in naming andobserving all the beasts of the earth, the fowls of the air, and the fish of thewaters, every beast was either male or female, and that every beast had itsmate. The man was saddened that therewas no mate for him, a counterpart liked unto himself. So, the man returned to his garden paradisewith a fallen countenance. Then Elohimlooked down upon the man and said; “It is not good that man should bealone. I will make him a helpercomparable to him.” (4) So, the LORD Godcaused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept. Then he took one of his ribs and closed upthe flesh at that place. The LORD Godfashioned into a woman the rib which he had taken from the man, and brought herto the man. (5) Then the man awoke from his sleep andlooked up into the face of the woman. She was beautiful to look upon, the perfect help-meet for the man. He stood up and embraced the woman, kissingher tenderly saying: “This is bone of my bone, and flesh of myflesh; She shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man.” (6) Adam and Eve gazed into each other’s eyesand knew they had been made one for the other. Adam also noticed that Eve’s body also had a soft covering of light thatcame from the presence of the LORD God of all creation. It was like a skin of light, that coveredtheir flesh. So, Adam showed Eve the garden-forest thatthe LORD God had given them. He showedher all the vast array of fruit and nut trees, the flowering bushes andshrubs. He also took her to the midst ofthe garden and showed her the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He also explained to her the warning that theLORD God of creation had given him concerning the tree. He took her to see the beasts of the earthand pointed to the fowls of the air. Evelearned their names and they called them by their names and by their kinds. When they called to the animals, they came tothe man and the woman as there was no fear in their hearts. Adam then took his to see the rivers thatflowed from their garden paradise. Adamshowed Eve the different fish that swam in the flowing waters and told hertheir names. Adam and Eve then traveledtogether westward toward the great sea. On their way, they saw the immense variety of animals, both great andsmall. Adam also called them by theirnames and Eve learned their names. When they arrived at the great sea, Adamcalled out to the marine beasts, both great and small. They all came to the water’s edge when hecalled the names. Eve stood in awe at the size of some ofthe beasts, the great whales, the long-necked beasts with long tails andflippers. She marveled at the schools offlying fish that glided over the waves of the waters. The great Leviathan also came at the biddingof the man and woman. Adam and Eve finally made their way backto their garden home. They lay downtogether in the soft green grass under one of the many fruit trees of theirparadise dwelling. Exhausted from theirtrip, they soon fell fast asleep. Thewoman awoke at first light, and seeing that her husband was still asleep, wentoff to explore the garden paradise alone. When she reached the center of the garden she saw the tree of theknowledge of good and evil. She gazedwith desire at its lovely fruit which hung from the branches.The sweetfragrance of the tree brought her even closer, but she remembered the warningof her husband concerning the tree. As she came even closer, even to standunder the tree she noticed some movement among the many floweringbranches. Then the serpent that restedamong the leaves spoke to the woman saying; “Eve, hath Elohim indeed said ‘You shallnot eat of every tree of the garden?” and Eve said unto the serpent; “We may eat of the fruit of the trees ofthe garden, but of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, Elohim hathsaid ‘You shall not eat of it, nor shall you touch it lest you die!” “Ye shall not surely die” replied theserpent with utmost deceit, “for Elohim knows that in the day you eat of ityour eyes will be opened and you will be like Elohim, knowing both good andevil!” (7) So Eve confided in the words of the lyingserpent and seeing that the tree was good for food and pleasant to the eyes,and that it would increase her wisdom in all things, she reached up and pickedsome of its fruit and ate of it. Adam,in the meantime, had awaken from his deep sleep and seeing that Eve was not byhis side, got up and called out to her. “Here am I husband” cried out Eve from themidst of the garden, “I am by the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” So Adam went to the midst of the gardenand found his wife under the forbidden tree with some of its fruit in herhand. When he saw his wife with thefruit, his countenance fell, and was greatly dismayed thinking that indeed, shehad partaken of the fruit. “Wife” began the man, “Did ye not rememberthe words which I spoke unto thee? That the LORD God of all creation gave usfree choice of all the trees of the garden, save this one which is here in themidst of the garden. Only this tree wasprohibited to us so why did ye disobey? Why did ye eat of it so foolishly?”Adam dropped to his knees, covering his face with his hands. He cried tears of sadness and anguishconcerning his wife. “Be ye comforted husband” replied Eve,trying to reassure her husband. “As youcan see, I am not dead, but quite alive and well. The serpent said it would be good to eat ofthe fruit of this tree and become just as our creator is, knowing both good andevil.”But thevoice of Eve trembled as she spoke, and the look of fear and guilt overcame herbeing. Even the aura of light whichcovered her body had begun to fade. “My dear wife” began Adam as he went nearEve, “did not Elohim create us both in His perfect image? Did he not create usboth to know what He wanted us to know? Then why didst thou wish to know more”can anyone be exactly like Elohim?” Adam looked into the eyes of his wife withlove and tenderness. He could not bearthe thought of living without her. Alas,he would indeed share in her suffering and guilt. Adam then extended his hand and took some ofthe fruit from the hand of Eve and he did eat of it as well. Then the eyes of both of them were opened andsaw to their distress that the soft covering of light which glowed upon theirbodies was fading away, finally, disappearing completely. It was then that they realized that they werenaked. The couple ran as fast as they could fromthe Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and hid themselves elsewhere in thevast forest garden called Eden. Theyfound a fig tree and with its leaves, made two aprons to cover theirnakedness. Yet the aprons could not hidetheir shame, they lay down and wept in each other’s arms. Perhaps, just perhaps, they could hidethemselves from the presence of the LORD. Then they heard the sound of the LORD Godas he passed through the garden. Theyremained hidden, fearing the wrath of their creator for their disobedience, yetthe creator called out to them in a still, soft voice, a voice of love yettinted with sadness and disappointment. “Adam, where art thou?” said the LORD Godof all creation. “I heard your voice in the garden and wasafraid. I was naked and therefore, hidmyself”. Adam tried to speak boldly, yethis voice reflected fear and shame. “Who told thee that thou wast naked?”responded the creator, “Didst thou eat of the tree which I commanded thee notto eat?” Yet thevoice of God was still soft, like a father reaching out to his disobedientchildren, searching for an admission of guilt and repentance. (8) Then Adam and Eve stood up and walkedtowards the voice of their God and creator. They told Elohim what had happened, of the serpent’s deceitful advice,of their eating of the forbidden fruit. When they had finished their confession, they awaited the verdict fromGod. There was a short pause, then the voice ofGod rang out like thunder with the words like bolts of lightning; “Serpent, because thou hast done this,thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field. Upon thy belly, thou shalt go, and dust thoushalt eat all the days of thy life: AndI will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and herseed; it shall bruise thy head and thou shalt bruise his heel.” To the woman God said; “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow andthy conception. In pain thou shalt bringforth children. Thy desire shalt be forthy husband and he shalt rule over thee.” A loud clap of thunder and a bolt of lightning followed each sentencethat came forth from the mouth of God. Then the LORD God of all creation said unto the man; “Because thou hast listened to the voiceof thy wife and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee saying, ‘thoushalt not eat of it’ cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thoueat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bringforth to thee, and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat breadtil thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thouart, and unto dust shalt thou return.” (9) Adam and Eve were greatly saddened at thefact that because of their disobedience to the command of their creator, theyhad brought forth the curse of sin into the world. No longer could they live in their gardenparadise, but were cast out of the garden. Cherubs,with a flaming sword, were stationed at the east of the garden to guard the wayto the Tree of Life. Now, the couple hadto seek out another place to live, outside of the garden. Once outside the garden, the LORD GodElohim brought Adam and Eve to a high hill and showed them two lumps ofbloodied flesh. The flesh stank andflies were all around it. Adam and Evewere deeply saddened at seeing the two lifeless corpses. “Why, Oh LORD, have you brought us here,and what is the meaning behind these two lifeless beasts of the field?” askedAdam, distraught over the sight of death. “The LORD spoke out of a cloud whichpulsated with a glowing light saying; “I want thee and thy wife to see the costof sin. Because of thy disobedience tomy commandment that prohibited thee from eating of the Tree of Knowledge ofGood and Evil, these two perfect lambs had to die. Their blood will cover and atone for yoursin. Now, look behind where thou art standing!” The man and his wife then looked andbehold, there were two aprons made of the skins of the lambs that wereslain. “Put them on” said the LORD God of allcreation, “and be ye both reminded forever of the cost of sin. Now harken ye unto the voice of thy God. At dusk, at the beginning of each new day,take ye two goodly and perfect lambs, one for each of thee and sacrifice themupon an altar made of unhewn stones. Yeshalt put wood there upon, and when ye call upon my name, I will hear thy voicefrom my glory cloud, and will send forth fire to consume the sacrifices, thusye shalt do all the days of your life. Be ye comforted, for one day, a lamb will come who will take away the sinof the world forever.” Thus, the LORDfinished speaking. Both Adam and Eve wondered at the words ofElohim as they dressed themselves in the skins of the lambs. When they descended the hill, they saw thatone of the rivers that flowed from the garden was near. They followed the river for a short distance,and found a small cave that was at the base of another hill. They made that cave their new home. But the LORD God of all creation did notforget Adam and Eve, for he sent an angel to teach them many things. The angel taught them how to make fire fromrocks of flint and iron, how to mix clay and water and shape them into vesselsfor cooking. He also taught them to sow seed and reap in due time, how to carefor the animals, milk the cows, and goats, and how to make cheese from themilk. The angel taught them to sheer thesheep and make clothing for their bodies. So, Adam and Eve learned much from theangel, and soon learned how to make bread from crushing the grains of wheat andbarley, adding water and cooking them in the fire. All these things the angel taught them andmuch more. The angel spoke kindly tothem and reminded them of the promise of Elohim, that the head of the serpentwould someday be crushed by the future seed of the woman. Adam and Eve were thus comforted by the wordsof the angel. Yet Eve was still distraught with the factthat she had brought the curse of sin into the world. Yes, she knew that through her seed the curseof sin would come to end, but when? Who would it be? So, Adam comforted her andreassured her that it would be soon. NowAdam loved his wife dearly, with all of his heart, and he knew her and sheconceived and bore a man-child. Adam andEve named their son Cain. She conceivedagain and they named their second son Abel. Adam and Eve loved their two sons, andthey taught them all that the angel had taught them. They taught them how to make fire with stonesof flint and iron, how to form vessels from clay, they showed them the fieldsof grain and the pastures where the sheep and goats grazed. Cain was fascinated by the fields of wheat,barley, and corn. He became a farmer andcared for the fields of grain, sowing and reaping in due season. Elohim blessed the ground for his sake. He learned how to reap the fields of wheatand barley, fanning them to extract the grains, then crushing the grains tomake bread. The bread he brought totheir cave home. Abel loved the sheep and the goats, and hebecame a shepherd and cared for them all. He learned how to milk the goats and make cheese. He brought the milk and the cheese to thecave for his father, mother, and his brother Cain. Now the LORD God of creation was gracious toAdam, Eve, Cain, and Abel. There was an abundance of fruit and nut trees,bushes of berries, and vines of grapes that were outside of the forbiddengarden of Eden. So every morning, the family would go gather the fruits of theearth and bring them back to their cave. Cain would bring the bread and Abel would bring milk and cheese. Together as a family, they would eat theirmeals on the luscious green grass in front of their cave home The years passed, and the children grew inthe knowledge of good and evil. Abel’seyes always reflected the love and passion towards his parents and towards theanimals of field, but Cain, as he grew, his eyes reflected pride andarrogance. And it came to pass that theday came that the sons of Adam and Eve arrived at the age of accountability,understanding, and wisdom. Then theirfather called them to his side and lifted up his voice saying; “Harken now my sons unto my voice, andtake heed to the counsel of thy mother, for today, ye have both arrived at theage of accountability. Ye have bothobserved since the time and thy births, how thy father and thy mother havesacrificed four lambs at dusk, one for each of us. The LORD God Elohim of creation commanded usto do so as a reminder of our sin. Theblood of the lambs is a covering and atonement for the same. This we have done since the time of ourexpulsion from our garden home. Now mysons, go ye both into thy fields and build ye each an altar of stone and putwood thereon. Abel, take ye of theflocks of sheep two goodly lambs, one for thyself, and the other for thybrother. Take ye the lamb and sacrificeit on the altar in thy pastures, and Cain, take ye the other lamb and sacrificeit on the altar in thy fields of grain. The LORD God of all creation will then look down upon thy sacrifices andwill send fire from heaven to consume the sacrificial lambs. This thy sins will be covered and atonedfor. Thus, thee shalt do every day atdusk, for all the days of thy lives.” When Adam had finished talking with histwo sons, he sent them out to their fields. Abel went to his pastures where the sheep and goats grazed, and Cainwent to his fields of wheat, barley, and corn. Both brothers went to work building their altars of stone.Abel thenselected a goodly lamb from the flocks, tied its legs together and placed it onthe altar that he had built. He thentook a knife of flint, and looking towards heaven lifted up his voicesaying; “Oh LORD God of all creation, look nowupon thy servant and upon this sacrifice. Accept it now as a reminder of my sin. May its blood cover and atone for my sin which was inherited through myfather and mother.” As he finished speaking these words, Abelslew the lamb and awaited the response of God. Then the LORD God appeared in a cloud of glory which hovered above thestone of altar. There was a sharp clapof thunder and fire came forth from the cloud and consumed the sacrifice. Then Abel went to his flocks and selected anothergoodly lamb, young, and without blemish. He then carried it in his arms to his brother Cain who was in his fieldsof grain. Cain had also built an altarof stone and had put wood thereon. “Brother” cried out Abel from a shortdistance, “behold the lamb which I carry to thee, for thy sacrifice to theLORD.” But Cain did not respond to hisbrother. He paused for a moment andlooked towards his brother, but spoke not a word in response. Abel then walked over to where his brotherwas and just observed him. Cain wascarrying bundles of wheat and barley and was placing them on the altar ofstone. Abel was a bit puzzled by theaction of his brother and said to him; “Brother, what meanest thou by placingwheat and barley on thy altar?” Cain paused and turned to Abel saying; “Seeth thou all this good wheat and barleywhich I have grown in my fields? Sown and cared for with my own hands and withthe sweat of my brow? For certain, the LORD God of heaven will be pleased withthis sacrifice of grain which I will now offer up to Him.” But Abel was saddened by the words of hisbrother, as there was also a tone of pride and arrogance in his voice. So Abel responded to the words of his brothersaying; “Brother, thou knowest well that it is theLORD God of creation who givest thee the goodly produce from the earth. It is He that maketh rise the dew from theearth to water and nourish the crops. Itis He who maketh the sun to shine down on thy fields to make grow all that thouhast sown. It is by His mighty hand thatthou hast all that is in thy fields of grain. Yea, all that thou hast in thy fields is good, yet the LORD Godrequireth of thee a sacrifice of blood to cover and atone for thy sin. Do not, I beg thee, do so foolishly. Bringeth thou thy goodly grain to our cavefor bread, and taketh from my hands this goodly and perfect lamb. This the LORD God will accept from thee as asacrifice!” “Nay brother” replied Cain with a voicefilled with arrogance, “keepeth for thyself the lamb, for the LORD will indeedaccept my sacrifice. Behold my altar andthe grain thereupon, it is for the LORD!” After placing the grains of wheat andbarley upon the altar, Cain lifted up his hands toward heaven and cried outwith a loud voice; “Oh LORD God of all creation, accept nowthis sacrifice of grains which I have grown in my fields, by the labor of myhands and by the sweat of my brow I have produced all that thou seeth. Accept it now from me!” But the voice of Cain was not a voice ofhumbleness, rather it reflected a sense of self-pride and arrogance. Then the glory cloud of Elohim moved from thepastures of Abel to the fields of Cain, it hovered above the altar which Cainhad built, yet no thunder nor fire came forth. Then Cain lifted up his voice a second time saying; “Didst thou not hear me LORD? Accept nowthis, my sacrifice, like thou didst unto my brother Abel. My sacrifice is just as good as his! Acceptit now Oh LORD!” The voice of Cain was now tinted withanger. He dropped his hands to his sideand just glared up at the glory cloud of his creator. Abel stood by in silence,and still holding the lamb in his arms he spoke yet again to his brother. “Did I not say unto thee that the LORD Godwould not accept thy sacrifice, seeing that it is not a sacrifice of blood? Soaccept this lamb from my hands and the LORD God will indeed honor it, and willsend his fire to consume it.” Cain did not reply to the words ofAbel. He just stood there and glared athis brother with eyes of hatred, contempt and jealousy. Justthen, a whirlwind came forth from the glory cloud and blew away the grain thatwas upon the altar of Cain. Shaking hisfists in the air towards the cloud of glory, Cain was filled with rage. He turned on his heels and headed toward thestanding wheat in his fields. Then thevoice of the LORD God came forth from the glory cloud saying; “Cain, why art thou angry? And why hastthy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, will not thy countenance be liftedup? And if thou doest not well, sin is at the door, and its desire is for thee,but thou must master it!” (10) But Cain responded not to the voice ofGod, but instead, went to his brother Abel deceitfully saying; “Abel my brother, sayeth thou that Goddesireth a sacrifice of blood? And yea, a sacrifice of blood will he thusreceive.” Abel, confident that Cain had a change ofmind and would accept the lamb, extended forth the lamb towards hisbrother. Cain received the lamb from thehands of his brother. He held it in hisarms for a few seconds, then, throwing it to the ground he said; “Indeed, the LORD will receive a sacrificeof blood, thine own blood will be required of thee, my good and righteousbrother!” And with those words of jealousy andspite, Cain took Abel by the throat and with his other hand, slew him with hisknife. Abel fell down and died by thefeet of Cain, his blood, soaking into the ground. Now Cain, realizing what he had just done,was filled with fear. He hurriedly threwsheaves of wheat on top of his brother’s body and quickly walked away. Then the LORD said unto Cain; “Cain, where art thy brother Abel?” towhich Cain responded; “I know not, am I my brother’s keeper?” Then God said; “Cain, what hast thou done? The voice ofthy brother’s blood crieth out to me from the ground. Now, art thou cursed from the ground whichhath opened its mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand. Now, when thou goest forth to cultivate theground, it will no longer yield to thee its strength. Thou shalt be a vagabond, a wanderer on theearth!” (11) At the cave, Adam and Eve wondered abouttheir sons, since they tarried too long in their sacrifices. “Wife” began Adam, “Our sons should havereturned to us by now, perhaps some mischief hath befallen them. Come, let us go forth into their fields tosee what hast become of them!” With those words, Adam and Eve left theircave home and went towards the fields of their two sons. “Go ye now wife, unto the fields of Cain,and I will go unto the pastures of Abel” said Adam as they arrived to theirsons’ fields. When Adam arrived at the pastures of Abel,he noticed the sheep and the goats wandering to and fro, bleating withoutceasing. It seemed that the flocks sensed that their shepherd had beenslain. All of a sudden, he heard thevoice of his beloved Eve, a cry of anguish rang through the air. Adam left the sheep, and ran to his wife. She was standing, weeping bitterly next tosome sheaves of wheat in the fields of Cain. He joined her at her side, and both lookeddown at the bloodied corpse of their son Abel. He lay there, still, a slain shepherd, a righteous son, murdered by thehands of his brother. Adam and Eve kneltdown and touched his face, it seemed as though he was just asleep. A trickle of blood still ran from his throatinto the ground where he lay. Adam couldno longer contain himself and cried out with all the power of his soul; “CAIN, CAIN, what hath thou done CAIN?Where art thou my son? Where art thou CAIN?” But Cain was on the run. He heard not the voice of his father, nor theanguish of his mother, for he had left the presence of his creator, running,with fear in his heart. Thus, Cainbecame a vagabond in the land of Nod, a land of wandering, living off the fruitand nuts of the trees which grew in the wild. He could no longer be a farmer since Elohim had cursed the land becauseof his great sin. He had murdered hisonly brother, out of anger, jealousy, and pride. Had he only accepted the lamb from hisbrother’s hands, the outcome might have been different. Adam and Eve wept in each other’s arms overtheir son Abel. They wept for their sonCain, who they would never see again. “Oh Adam” sobbed Eve, “Is this the priceof sin? Is this the cost of disobedience? Is this the fate of those who willcome after us? Murder? Rebellion?” “Yes wife” sobbed Adam, looking into hisbeloved’s eyes, “The wages of sin is indeed death” (12). “Yet be ye comforted wife, that the LORD Godof all creation has promised to crush the head of the serpent so as to put anend to the curse of sin.” “Oh Adam” cried Eve, “May that day comesoon, Oh so very soon.”

(1) Gen 2:6(2) Gen 2:16,17(3) Gen2:19 (4) Gen2:18 (5) Gen2:21,22 (6) Gen 3:1-5 (7) Gen 3:7-11(8) Gen 3:14-19(9) Gen 4:6 (10) Gen 4:9-12 (11) Rom 6:23