- Genesis 2:17 (ESV)
One of the first stories Christian children are taught in Sunday school is the Story of Adam and Eve. When God created man and woman, he gave them a garden so beautiful and holding so much bounty that it was practically a heaven on earth. And all that God asked in return was that they not eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. They could partake of the delectable items from any other growing plant in the garden but not that one tree.
But even though he gave them that order, he also gave them the free will to make the choice for themselves. And Eve succumbed to the coaxing of the Evil One who came in the form of a serpent and allowed his words to convince her that the fruit of that tree could be eaten. Eve made the initial decision and Adam, listening to her justification and wanting to please her, partook with her of the delicious fruit.
But with their eyes being opened to both goodness and evil, suddenly they noticed that they were naked and when God called for them, they hid in shame. Now God, being all knowing, knew where they were and exactly what they had done and he banished them from the garden. Hereafter, they would have to work by the sweat of Adam's brow and Eve would suffer the pain of childbirth as would all women after her. And death entered the picture, for any thoughts or immortality were taken away with their action, and they would inherit a world full of sin. The choices they made, just like the one which got them into the changing situation that they now faced, would determine their future. God's laws were demanding and they were expected to honor them always.
Ever since Adam and Eve faltered, mankind has repeatedly faltered miserably. Yet God still loves us and He wants us to live for Him. Yet history shows that over and over again the same mistakes are made with the same tragic results and that's why He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to live and die for our sins. All we have to do is accept His forgiveness by having faith and believing in Him. And if we do, we will devote ourselves to trying to live as he wants us to, still making mistakes, but always able to redeem ourselves by asking for forgiveness and correcting our errors.
God knows we are weak and will fail, but He asks that we do everything in our power to succeed in our quest to be like Him. If we do that through faith and belief, we will truly inherit the Kingdom which is far greater than any garden that God ever placed on this earth.
The Bible is a wonderful book, scripted as the History of the World as it pertains to good and evil. Our part in that history can only end in one of two ways. We will either be victorious by gaining Salvation or we will be defeated by sin and go into eternal darkness and all that can entail. The choice is ours; it should be an easy one but we often make life much harder than it needs to be. Choose wisely and choose life. Eternity with God will be your reward.
Dear Lord, We thank you for the story of Adam and Eve and all the guidance that we have been given by the Holy Bible, your Word. Help us to read it regularly and use it as a means of staying in touch with you and keeping us on the path of righteousness. We ask in Jesus' name, Amen.