Noahide Seven Commandments Torah classes
© 2016 by Rabbi Zvi Aviner
ADULTERY-6/Adam, where are you?
”In sorrow you shall bear children”“”
1: A new perception of YHVH: Forgiveness.
After eating the Forbidden Fruit of Knowledge Good and Evil, “their eyes opened” and they became aware and ashamed of their nakedness. They acquired a new perception of YHVH: Holiness, Pure Love, and Disgust from Sexual Promiscuity and ADULTERY.
Yet they were not driven out of Eden right away. The CREATOR, our FATHER AND MOTHER in Heavens, YHVH ELKM, decided to offer them one more chance to stay in Eden. If Adam and his wife would grab the option offered to them and REPENT, they would feel FIRST HAND YHVH’s COMPASSION and FORGIVENESS.
After their Primordial Sin, it is said:
And they heard the voice of YHVH ELoKiM
Walking back and forth’ ‘mit-ha-lech’ in the Garden, in the breeze of the day.
And Adam and his wife hide themselves from the presence of YHVH ELoKiM
Among the trees of the Garden.(Genesis 3: 8)
YHVH ELoKiM approached them and departed from them
The expression “YHVH ELoKiM walked back and forth” means that the Heavenly Court came closer to Adam and His wife, expecting them to REPENT, CONFESS their sin, ask FORGIVENESS and PLEDGE for the future not to repeat it.
When the Heavenly Court comes closer to us, its ears are more open to hear and accept our REPENTANCE. When the Heavenly Court depart from us, its gates are closed.
By saying that the Heavenly Court, YHVH ELoKiM, went ‘up and down’ or ‘around’ them, the verse hints that the Court did not give up. It went up and down, closer and then farther away, then closer again, anxiously waiting for the humans to respond. But Adam and his wife failed badly.
A shame form their sin
Instead of repenting, Adam and his wife ‘hide’ in the bush. Since they were not naked anymore, why hiding?
They hide because they were ashamed of their sin.
Or they hide because they did not want to repent. Their ego was too much inflated.
But the ‘Parent’ YHVH ELoKiM did not give up:
“And YHVH ELoKIM called Adam and said to him,
Where are you?” (Genesis 3: 9)
“Adam, where are you?” This call has become the motto for repentance. Our CREATOR is still calling us to come to Him and repent.
But Adam and his wife missed again the opportunity. Instead of confessing, they pointed fingers at each other: Adam blamed his wife, and she the Serpent.
4: Eden’s Verdicts
This was the last chance. They had acquired a good yet limited knowledge of YHVH in Eden, the rest of Her features they would understand only on earth.
Thus, in Eden they gained perception of YHVH’s Holiness and disgust from Sexual Promiscuity and ADULTERY,
But on earth they would encounter Evil first hand, and understand YHVH’s MERCY and Compassion. In addition, they would encounter Sin, larger and more complex than in Eden, and learn to appreciate YHVH’s Forgiveness.
The Court’s Verdicts
The Serpent was a virtual creature that could have also developed on Earth as a continuation of the line of evolution. After its failure in Eden, it was punished be reverting into one of the Crawling Creatures of the Sixth Day, created before Adam.
The Woman was punished as follows:
“And to the woman He said, I will greatly multiply the pains of thy childbearing,
In sorrow you shall bring forth children, and yet your desire shall be to your husband
And he shall rule over you…” (Genesis 3: 16)
Having eaten from the Tree of Knowledge Good and Evil,
The woman would experience ON EARTH Sorrow and pains of child delivery. It is a punishment. Would this increase her awareness of YHVH? We’ll soon see.
“And to Adam He said, because you’ve hearkened to your wife’ voice
And has eaten from the Tree of which I commanded you saying you shall not eat of it,
Curse is the ground for your sake, in sorrow shall you eat of it all the days of your life
Thorns and thistles, shall it bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field.
In the sweat of thy face shall you eat bread, till you return to the ground, out of it were you taken,
For dust you are, and to dust shall you return
Adam too would encounter Evil first hand on Earth.
Would this new encounter enrich his perception of YHVH? We’ll see the answer later.
5: The Rosh Hashanah
The story of Eden is re-enacted once a year, every year, on the annual l anniversary of CREATION, the Rosh Hashanah High Holiday; a day to be celebrated by all Mankind.
On that awesome day, we are still standing, like in Eden, in a trial, where YHVH ELKM is waiting for our repentance.
It is a day when we’ll learn YHVH’s Forgiveness and Compassion for us, something we missed to learn in Eden.
It is a day that the Heavenly Court comes closer to us than throughout the rest of the year
As it is said: “And YHVH ELKM went up and down in the Garden…”
What happens to our soul?
The verse says that our body, made of dust, returns to dust.
But our soul, that came to us by YHVH ELoKiM blowing His Breath into our nostrils,
Shall return to His lips when our body dies.
The detail of our soul’s journey down from Eden and up again is given in the next verses, as we’ll discuss next class.
6: Why was she named Eve, the mother of ‘all’ life?’
Next, the verse says:
“And The Adam called his wife Eve (Hava)
Because she had become the mother of all life,” (Genesis 3:20)
Why “Mother of all life?” Why not ‘Mother of human life?’
The answer is profound.
Let’s recall that Eden Trial took place “before there was any grass, shrub or tree on earth, not even rain”, meaning on the THIRD Day of CREATION.
The Heavenly Court decided then to put Adam and his wife on Earth, later on the Sixth Day.
The Heavenly Court, then planted seed of life on the THIRD Day and began th entire process of Evolution as described in much details in Genesis Chapter One.
It planted Vegetation (3rd Day) then fixed Earth rotation (4th Day) then brought mobile life in the oceans, then Birds and Crocodiles ((5th Day) than Cattle, Beasts and Crawling Creatures (6th Day) than, finally, our Homo sapience. The last creature in the entire evolution was Eve.
This is why Eve is called the MOTHER OF ALL LIFE. The entire evolution took place so that she would appear on Earth before the Sabbath!
END OF ADULTERY 6