MAN’s priorities in the Garden of Eden


Genesis 3:1: Now the dragon was more subtil than any beast of the field which OLÓDÙMARÈ had made: and he said to the woman, Yea, hath BÀTÁLÁ/EṢUMARE said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Genesis 3:2: And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

Genesis 3:3: But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, BÀTÁLÁ/EṢUMARE hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

Genesis 3:4: And the serpent said to the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

Genesis 3:5: For BÀTÁLÁ/EṢUMARE doth know, that in the day ye eat of it, then your eyes shall be opened: and ye shall be as divinities, knowing good and evil.

Genesis 3:6: And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise; she took of its fruit, and ate, and gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.

This account of the fall of man after disobeying BÀTÁLÁ/EṢUMARE has often been interpreted as just disobedience. However, it also points to man going against the order of creation not just by listening to the created for leadership instead of the CREATOR, but also by valuing knowledge ahead of life. The tree of life was also there in the middle of the garden. Would it not have made more sense to eat of the fruit of that tree rather than that of knowledge of good and evil?

This choice, the expression of our free will, in a way exemplifies how man has fallen short of the Glory of OLÓDÙMARÈ. Today, many of us seek to acquire knowledge, even false knowledge, for the purpose of self-glorification, thus putting the cart before the horse. Many today even deny OLÓDÙMARÈ because of the delusion that they are where they are by their own effort. Many do not seek HIS guidance for every area of their life including career, family, romance, various types of relationships, spiritual, and so on. Just as the tree of knowledge appeared attractive in the eyes the woman, the knowledge that seems to be in abundance today appears pleasant. Many don’t even seek the IFÁ (Word of OLÓDÙMARÈ).

Daniel 12:4: But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, [even] to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

No wonder EṢUMARE tells us to get the order right by seeking the Kingdom of OLÓDÙMARÈ first, and HIS righteousness. This kingdom is the tree of life and the fruit is eternal life.

Matthew 6:33: But seek ye first the kingdom of OLÓDÙMARÈ, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

 

[Update: I’m no longer sure if this makes sense (July 10, 2014)]