The third chapter of Genesis describes the terrible catastrophe of the human race as Adam and Eve capitulated to the enemy of their souls. The is called “the Fall”. This phrase doesn’t appear in Scripture, but it has been the term used regarding the appearance of sin in the world, and for man’s – human kind’s – part in it.
But before we consider that subject in more detail we should think about the context in which it happened.
The first two chapters of Genesis are most wonderful and describe God’s handiwork in creation. His magnificence and creativity are demonstrated in the amazingly beautiful and diverse things He has made, from flowers, trees, animals, birds, etc all set in an environment of outstanding and breath-taking beauty. He stamped His mark upon it all by proclaiming it all as good.
Into this Eden paradise He brought man. He was conceived in the heart of God. Unlike all that God had made before, Adam and Eve were to be the expression of God and to be in His image and likeness.
“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth, and over every creeping things that creeps on the earth.
So God created man in his Own image; in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them.
Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it, have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living them that moves over the earth, Genesis 1:26-28”.