Noahide Seven Commandments Torah classes
ADULTERY-7/From Eden to earth and Back
1: The Miraculous Coats and the Tree of Life
Adam and his wife (The Woman) were condemned to be driven out of Eden and live on Earth. In His Kindness, YHVH ELoKIM gave then gifts, coats, as it says:
“And YHVH ELoKiM made for Adam and Eve Coats of skin
and He clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21)
The Talmud debates the nature of those coats. They were coats of ‘aur,’ which can be
1. Coats of skin, ‘aur’
2. Coats of light, ‘aur.’
Tradition says that these coats endowed their wearers with the ability to ‘converse with the animals’ .This way YHVH ELoKiM increased Adam’s ability to comprehend the creatures underneath him. Earlier in Eden Adam knew the animals names theoretically, whereas on Earth he would know them intimately, in real life. He would rule over them a their “king who consults”.
The coats in history:
Adam bequeathed them to Cain before he went to exile, helping him to survive alone in the woods.
The coats then fell into the hands of Naama, Noah’s wife, after Cain was accidentally murdered by her father, the accident-prone Lemech. The coats helped Naama and Noah to cater for the animals in their Ark.
King Nimrod inherited the coats from Naama and Noah. The coats allowed him to understand the animals, thereby becoming ‘their king.’ Nimrod used them to ride on eagles and see the earth from above. This prompted him to build the Tower of Babylon “to reach the sky.” We’ll learn about that in due course.
Isaac’s son, Esau, murderer Nimrod and stole the coat. He then used it to “hunt animals with his mouth. “.
The branch of the Tree of Life
On their way out of Eden, YHVH ELKM also gave Adam and his wife other gifts. as it says :
“And YHVH ELoKiM said, Behold, Adam has become like one of us, knowing ‘good and evil.’
And now, what if he put forth his hands and take also from the Tree of Life
and eating it shall live forever?” (Genesis 3:22)
The verse has been ridiculed by Bible critics as if showing G-d as Jealous of Adam.
But tradition, however, explains that here YHVH ELKM speaks to His Angels, explaining why Adam and the woman should INDEED be driven out. The Angels thought that Adam should be given more chance to repent. But the Heavenly Court knew that Sin is a slippery road and once Adam has eaten the forbidden fruit he would try to take a hold on the Tree of Life in order to fight Death. .
The Gift of the Tree of Life
Indeed, as YHVH ELKM predicted, Adam and his wife lamented their lost of Eden, especially the lost of the Tree of Life protection. They cried so much that the CREATOR in His Kindness did grant their wish and gave them a “brunch of the Tree of Life” to take with them down to Earth. Whoever owns this brunch shall live forever, the CREATOR said. . The emphasis is on ownership since this would be something new they would acquire on Earth.
What happened to the branch?
On Earth, holding the Brunch of the Tree of Life, Adam and Eve lived a long and fruitful life. When they felt their time was over they bequeathed the Brunch to their beloved son, Shet (“Foundation” ).
Seth the leader of his generation, lived a long and fruitful life due to the Branch he owned. He then , bequeathed the Brunch to his illustrious son, the great orator Enosh.
Enosh too lived a long and fruitful life due to the Brunch. When he felt that his time arrived he bequeathed it to his great grandson Noah.
Noah, at age close to 950, bequeathed it to his firstborn son Shem and he to Abraham and he to Isaac and he to Jacob down to Moses.
Moses made of the Brunch a wooden handle for the Torah scroll he wrote, and placed it inside the Holy Ark This is how Israel owns it.
Israel shall live forever as long they follow the Torah which is now the Tree of Life.
3: The Passage from Eden to Earth
Equipped with all these gifts Adam and his wife ‘traveled’ to Earth. (The trial was over on the THIRD Day. They would be MADE on real Earth later, on the Sixth Day).
The Torah describes their passage in the following details:
“And He, YHVH ELoKiM sent him from the Garden of Eden
to till the ground from which he was taken, and He chased out the Adam,
And He placed in East of Eden the Cherubs
And the Glowing, Revolving Sword to guard
the Way to the Tree of Life. (Genesis 3:23-24)
“And Adam knew his wife Eve and she conceived
and she bore Cain And she said,
I have bought a man with YHVH….”
The section comprises of two portions:
Life above Eden’s Gate,still in Virtual Eden
Life on real Earth, under the Gates.
The Gates of Eden open to Earth in two sites:
1. Into Mt. Moriah where the Holy of Hollies would later be
2. Into the Tomb of Patriarch’s Cave in the city of Hebron where four couple are buried: Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and Leah.
Our souls’ pass from Eden to Earth
On their way to Earth Adam and his wife passed by the following landmarks:
(1) They started their journey at YHVH ELoKiM’S throne in Eden
(2) They embarked on the “Way of the Tree of Life”
(3) They Passed by the “Cherubs”
(4) And the Glowing, Revolving Sword
(5) They entered the Gate at the East of Eden
(6) Appearing on Mt. Moriah where the Holy Ark would later stand
4: Our Soul Passes the Same Way
Each and every person’s soul takes the same journey
(1) First our soul is detached from “the treasure of souls” at the Throne of YHVH ELoKiM
(2) Then embarks on the WAY TO THE TREE OF LIFE
(3) Then passes by the “Cherubs”
(4) And by the ‘Glowing, Revolving Sword,’ presenting Judgment and Mercy .
(5) Then enters the world through Eden’s Gate
(6) To dwell on Mt Moriah
(7) From where it enters our body.
And when our times arrives, our soul travels ‘back’ and ‘up’ through the same path. It enters the Gates, passes by the scrutinizing revolving Sword and the loving Cherubs, then, if allowed, ascends to sit higher then before at His Throne. .
5: The Golden Cherubs
The Golden Cherubs which Moses placed on the Holy Ark had a face of a boy and girl looking at each other with Love, their wings touching each other without any space in between. They represented YHVH ELKM forming Adam in Eden.
The Ark was placed by King Solomon on Mount Moriah opposite the putative Gate of Eden that is opened there.
The Schchinah (In Hebrew the Dweller) did enter the Gate to Dwell in the “space under the Cherubs” from where She spoke to the prophets of Israel.
Her goal,however, is to Dwell in Man’s heart. On that we’ll learn in the story of Cain and Abel . .
Read also: “Genesis Vs. Science, Can They Match?” By Zvi Aviner, at www.smashwords.com