Third Sunday of
Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk
17th December 2017
- Her Creation and Fall by St.
Not without significance, is the fact that woman was made
out of the rib of Adam. She was not made of the same earth
with which he was formed, in order that we might realise
that the physical nature of both man and woman is identical
and that there was one source for the propagation of the
human race. For that reason, neither was man created
together with a woman, nor were two men and two women
created at the beginning, but first a man and after that a
woman. God willed it that human nature be established as
one. Thus, from the very inception of the human stock He
eliminated the possibility that many disparate natures
should arise. He said: "Let us make him a helper like
himself". We understand that to mean a helper in the
generation of the human family - a really good helper. If we
take the word "helper" in a good sense, then the woman's
co-operation turns out to be something of major import in
the process of generation, just as the earth by receiving,
confining, and fostering the seed causes it to grow and
produce fruit in time. In that respect, therefore, woman is
a good helper even through in an inferior position.
The serpent said to the woman: "Did God say, you shall not
eat of any tree of the garden?" In the statement the serpent
was more cunning, you understand to whom reference is made.
He contrived not to attack Adam first. Rather, he aimed to
circumvent Adam by means of the woman. He did not accost the
man who had in his presence received the heavenly command.
He accosted her who had learned of it from her husband and
who had not received from God the command which was to be
observed. There is no statement that God spoke to the woman.
We know that he spoke to Adam. Hence, we must conclude that
the command was communicated through Adam to the woman.
And the serpent said to the woman: "Did God say, you shall
not eat of any tree of the garden?" The woman answered the
serpent: "Of the fruit of any tree in the garden we shall
eat, but of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said,
you shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest
you die". Although you are aware that the serpent is wiser
than all creatures, his cunning is especially noticeable
here. As he sets his snares, he pretends to give utterance
to the words of God, for God had already said: "From every
tree of the garden you may eat, but from the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil you must not eat, for the day you
eat of it you must die". The serpent inserted a falsehood in
questioning the woman thus: "Did God say, you shall not eat
of any tree?" Whereas God had actually said: "From every
tree of the garden you may eat, but from one tree you must
not eat", meaning, by that, the tree of the knowledge of
good and evil which was not to be tasted. We need not wonder
at the manner of deception. Deceit accompanies any effort at
ensnaring an individual.