Part 3 of 5: Focusing on how sin separated the male and female soul that was once "one" in Genesis 1.
As we continue in our journey to answering the question in the title, we were left to ponder another question and answer. “What then separated us, to where now we must be joined back together as we originally were? Sin”. Sin causes confusion and hate, therefore sin separated us. Let’s go back to Jesus and Pharisees in Matthew 19.
Our Hardness of Heart
After Jesus tells them that there is basically no need for divorce, the Pharisees question Him again by asking, “Why then did Moses command to give her a certificate of divorce and send her away?”. Jesus replied to the Pharisees and said, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery”. Notice Jesus says, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way”. “Because of your hardness of heart…”, Jesus states. How did our hearts become hard? Sin, which takes us to Genesis 3.
Eve is Deceived
We must realize the heart of mankind is the soul of mankind. Remember, we are spiritual beings operating on this physical world in a physical body. In Genesis 3, Eve is deceived by the serpent and eats of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Eve told the serpent in verse two and three, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die’”. The serpent replied, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil”. We receive knowledge, wisdom, and understanding in our mind. Our mind is our soul.
The Soul Eats
Remember, Genesis 1 shows how God made Earth spiritually, while Genesis 2 says how the Lord God formed Earth naturally. If we go back to Genesis 1:29-30, when He is speaking to Adam and Eve spiritually He says, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to everything that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so”. Let’s focus in on, “I have given every green plant for food”. This statement is in Genesis 1, so therefore, this is the spiritual state of Earth and God says, “every green plant”. Our physical world is filled with color! We should expect nothing less in the spiritual side. “For food”, our soul eats, this is what the Bible is telling us. Therefore, because Earth was first spiritual and then was made natural, our spiritual body and our natural body eats. So, in chapter 3 of Genesis when reading it we now know, not only is Adam and Eve eating naturally, they’re also eating spiritually.
The Sin of Adam and Eve
When Adam and Eve partook of the fruit, not only did they naturally eat, they also ate spiritually. When the Lord God took the rib out of Adam’s side making them "one flesh", He also gave them the same soul; making them one in spirit. What God does naturally He also does spiritually because we are spiritual beings first. Taking Adam’s rib symbolized the spiritual union they already had in Genesis 1. Genesis 2 then shows how a husband and wife should be spiritually and physically one. So, in Genesis 3, when Eve ate of the tree of Knowledge of good and evil, nothing happened. But then when Eve gave Adam the fruit to eat, verse seven says, “the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked”. The knowledge enlightened their whole soul because they are spiritually one. It took both of them to eat of the tree because they are spiritually one. And because God commanded them to “be fruitful and multiply” in Genesis 1, it enlightened all the souls they multiplied. Again, this is why Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:22, “for as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive”. Jesus came to save our souls that were now destined for the lake of fire, the second death, not our bodies. After the Lord God learned of our disobedience, He said our bodies are “dust and dust we shall return”. Verse 19 of Genesis 3 is declaring our natural death, the first death.
The sin of Genesis 3 caused the male and female souls that Adam and Eve “multiplied”, to separate. They are no longer “one” like they once were in Genesis 1, but now they are two until the male and the female are brought back together by God. This understanding is confirmed with the love story of Jonathan and David.