There are so many fruit trees, and if any of them had fruits that can be deadly, God had a duty towards us to identify it by name for all the generations to know. Was the tree identified? Genesis 2:9 names the forbidden fruit tree as a tree of knowledge of good and evil See? Apple’s, peaches, oranges or any other good fruit tree is not mentioned as forbidden.
Eve heard KNOWLEDGE of good and evil, and then considered its fruits [practised deeds] good. After hearing out the serpent, she thought it would be a good and pleasant thing to do. The fruit of the apple tree is apples, but the fruits of evil knowledge, are sinful deeds. Often only the pleasure of these fruits are advertised, not the poison. The Bible is very clear on what kind of tree it was. To say it was an apple tree is to blatantly lie to the reader. As discussed in my previous article concerning the mysterious trees, it is that fellow or tree or fountain of knowledge namely Lucifer, from whom comes a deadly mix of good and evil knowledge, whose fruits [practised deeds] leads to death. Even today the fruits of the flesh of Gal. 5:19 have its pleasures, but remain deadly.
As an innocent child there comes that day when you start learning dark things. They tell you how great it is to do those things. But as you learn to drink, you die. If not by illness, then in some accident, or because you spoke things you should not have. You learn to smoke, you slowly die. You learn to commit adultery, you can die at the hands of a jealous partner. If not here, God will get you in the judgement. Death are in these fruits. And how does it come to us? Sin or the fruits of the flesh comes through KNOWLEDGE consumption. Clever plans of how to steal has to be presented or enter your mind first, before you steal. Many a murder, bank robbery, and even fruits of the flesh like adulteries are carefully planned somewhere in the dark before it is executed.
The perpetrators of these acts display great “wisdom” in their plans to conceal their identities. They had consumed “great knowledge” of how to do it and get away with it. You have to think evil first before you do evil. And that Knowledge is usually taught to us by the serpent devil or by someone whom he influenced. Indeed the fruits or exercised deeds of his knowledge are dangerous. From his ideas God told Adam to stay away! Do not touch or exercise any idea [knowledge] this guy [tree] may dish up! Death lurks in it!
He might make it sound so good that it looks perfectly legitimate, but somewhere in there, there is enough evil poison that will lead to your destruction. And so Adam and Eve stayed away from the tree. Indeed they did. But there was one fellow in Eden whom we learn of who became rather very clever. “ GENESIS 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.”
There he is! This was the guy who became subtle by the knowledge of the tree of good and evil. The word subtle according to modern dictionaries means cunning, sly, crafty, prudent, or sensible, or shrewd. Sly, cunning or shrewd are words we usually apply to criminals. People who are well trained in the KNOWLEDGE of dark things. They are so good at what they do that when they present an idea, we think it is all good. We become so excited at the prospects of their ideas that we think their ideas are good to consume-good food for the mind, and future prosperity for the body. We say: Wow, this is brilliant! Why didn’t I think of this earlier? But in it there lurks a trap.
“Notice. Now, here's what taken place. I believe, and can support it by the Bible, that it is the serpent that did it. The serpent is that missing person between the chimpanzee and the man, 'cause, listen, notice this now, that the serpent was not a reptile. He was the most subtil of all the beasts of the field. Now, I went and got dictionaries today from everywhere to look up this word, what the word of "subtil" meant. It means "to be smart, to be crafty." And the best interpretation of the--of the Hebrew from "m-a-h-a-h, mahah" means "having a true knowledge of the principles of life." [The Serpent Seed -W. M. Branham http://www.themessage.com/sermons]
God made His creation bringing it up in such a way that the next specie was always a little smarter with more features than the previous, yet all works perfectly within their environment with abilities to adapt to changing circumstances. The chimpanzee or the human was created like car models. Each one a little smarter than the previous. And somewhere just before God created a human being, there was another creature [beast] that could talk just like a human being! It breached that gap between chimp and human.
And it was this fellow who was created smarter than any other beast. Where the chimp is semi upright and still only makes sounds, he could have intelligent conversations. He even knew the Bible. Somewhere someone taught it to him. The only thing that made the human being better than the serpent beast was the fact that God chose the human heart to live in. And that made the human being super, possessing part of the same power God has.
Now remember in Gen.3:1, the serpent was still a talking beast-NOT A REPTILE. Reptile is what he was reshaped into in Gen. 3:14 because of the misuse of his abilities. If you fail to see where the serpent stood in God’s creation ladder before the fall, you will fail to fully understand the rest of chapters 3-6.
The serpent had all the features of a human , yet God considered it lower in creation than the human. It was the human who was to be God’s crowning glory. In the human being God poured out His Spirit. And the human being was the one to whom God gave all dominion. He was to rule over all creation by God’s Spirit, and even over the smart serpent. God made the human being “a little God” by giving him part of His Spirit and by God’s Spirit he could speak and even do miracle’s unlike any other mammal. But Satan took the serpent, taught him the knowledge of good and evil, and then sent Mr wise guy over to Eve.
He offered her the FRUITS of dark KNOWLEDGE and made it sound like it would enhance her to another level to be like God. It was like saying criminal or knowledge of sin would make you like God! It will, but only in a bad sense. God knows darkness but is strong enough not to practise it, but the moment we know it, we are tempted and usually fall for it. In reality, he offered her something she already had! She was already like God, pure, holy, and Holy Ghost enabled. All she had to learn was how to use God’s power. She already had God’s Spirit and was even co-ruler of the entire earth. Not only of a little plot of land, say like South Africa, but of the whole earth! What more could she want?
But God also had to allow them to be tested, to see whether they wanted to remain like Him or wanted to follow Satan into desiring the fruits of dark knowledge. So many times this happens to Christians. Full of the Spirit having the joy of the Lord, but then the test comes and we follow Satan into darkness. After we sin, it leaves us feeling empty and naked, as the Holy Spirit takes its flight waiting for us to make right. Some crafty guy or person came by with some crafty plan-knowledge of evil. The idea sounds so good, and then we swallow it, hook, line and sinker, leading us straight into the fruits of the flesh where we should not be. That same thing happened to Eve.
“ Now, let's watch this just a minute. He's smart, crafty. Yet he's called the serpent. But remember, he was the smartest thing there was, and the more like the human being than anything else that was on the field: closest to a human being. He was not a reptile. The curse made him a reptile, and he was the... The Bible said he was the most beautiful of all.
And even the curse didn't take all of his beauty away, yet the glorious colors of the snake is beautiful. And his grace and his shrewdness, even the curse didn't move it off. But you remember, God told him that his legs would come off and he'd go on his belly. And you can't find one bone in a snake that looks like a human being, and that's the reason science is lost. But there he is.” [The Serpent seed -W. M. Branham] For more reading on the actual deed Eve was led into follow this link. http://www.themessage.com/originalsin