Adam lived in the presence of God. God had made ample provisions so man would never feel want. Thus man in context nature is a reflection of nature of God. Heaven is in context of the earth God the Father in context of the God the Son. Man in context of nature explains physical necessities we shall ever need to meet. It concerns body of man. He being a tripartite creature of body, soul and spirit therefore lack in other areas. These three is a symbol for spiritual realities of heaven, The Father in context of the Son, as the Spirit annotates in the Creation account, is a symbol for the fellowship of Spiritual realities. God is a Sprit.
Fellowship of God and man
When God brought His creation before Adam so he could find a helpmeet what made him refuse? Spiritual discernment drawn from the breath of God had given him a higher standard. Being a living soul his fellowship could only reach its optimum level such as God desired by taking care of his spiritual necessities as well. (Trinity is to be explained in the fellowship that makes man perfect. ‘Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven Mt.6:10-KJV’ the Lord’s prayer makes this connection ever vivid in our mind. )
When the Spirit writes about the creation of Eve he is not merely giving us about Adam finding his helpmeet. The Head and the Body or Christ and the Church concepts are to be spiritually discerned and it is how the Spirit has rendered two narrative strands from God the Father and God the Son. These spiritual provisions for man and woman straddle from the beginning till the end. God’s provision through the Son is to realize the fellowship include man and woman as well.
Tough Moral choices
Adam’s disobedience was not his own. But in acting on the advice of the serpent he demonstrated his will was above that of God. He became servant to Satan that worked through the spirit. (Spiritual discernment of a child of God is to distinguish between good and bad spirits.) As a result eating the fruit indeed proved what worked in him. Adam and Eve made their choice consequently to live guided by knowledge of good and evil. Fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil had certain qualities (Ge.3:6) but it only went as far as his physical realities went. As outward confirmation of it they realized they were naked. It was symptomatic of the disruption in their spiritual discernment: they would not know Glory of God as a covering any more. Shall we say they were seized with a spiritual confusion or Alzheimer’s disease in the knowledge of God? In order to get rid of it and have the righteousness of God, man would need to be born again..
In order to remedy their loss Adam and Eve sewed themselves aprons out of fig leaves. But God helped Adam and Eve yet with coat of skins. (The Spirit supplies here marginal notes as it were of the lamb slain before the worlds began -Re.13:8). Without God as number one priority man’s moral choices lead to confusion as we see now. ‘The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?(Je.17:9-NIV)’ Knowledge of good and evil has much to commend for but it can never match the perfection God had provided for. How imperfect are we? For example if we are happy how happy that cannot be quantified. Nor it can guarantee us how long it shall last. Instead peace that comes in the presence of God leaves no aftereffects. Bipolarity of extreme emotion can only come when one relies only on his own strength.
Neither can man know how much wealth is good for him. Desire for it is like a devil on your back ever goading to possess more of it. Remember Gecko Gordon in Wall Street? We had in the 80s a mantra:’Greed is good.’ and by 2008 what it did to the global economy? God’s provisions are free and when followed through leave no bad hangover.