Imagine that you have just been created. You take a deep breath, open your eyes, and look at the world around you. In this world, there are no wars, violence, sickness, death, food shortages, or badness of any kind. Everything is wonderful. It is a paradise. The only thing missing was someone to share it with….another human. As God has already given you this paradise, he also gives you a companion to share it with. Now, life for you is perfect. The only rule that you have to follow is to not eat from one certain tree. Just one tree out of countless trees is forbidden. Sounds easy right?
Unfortunately, not eating from that tree turned out to be difficult for Adam and Eve. You would have thought that the words “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:17) would have stopped them. Well….it didn’t. Satan, disguised as a serpent, convinced Eve that they would not die. In turn, she convinced Adam. What happened? A tragedy!!!! As we are well aware, rules have consequences. Adam and Eve were about to find out what the consequences were for disobedience to God.
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
They really messed up BIG TIME! They had it all, but it wasn’t enough. They had to have that one fruit…the forbidden fruit. In comparison to the mess of today’s world, I would gladly have stayed away from that fruit and kept the paradise that they were given. It does make me wonder if they had known the consequences of their sin, and what it was going to cause down the line for all of mankind, if they would have still chosen to eat it. “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12) It does make me think of a very important question. It is a question that we should all be asking ourselves. “If I am tempted by Satan for something that I really want, will I cave in and lose out on a paradise such as Adam and Eve had, or will I resist temptation and inherit the Heavenly Kingdom at Jesus’ return?”
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