Grace From the Start: Day 2

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden?’  And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, either shall you touch it, lest you die.”  But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.  For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.  Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked.  And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin clothes.

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.  But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”  And he said “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself,” He said, “Who told you that you were naked?  Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?  The man said.  “The woman whom you have to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree and I ate.”  Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?  The woman said “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

The Lord God said to the serpent,

Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock, and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.  I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise you head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

To the woman he said.  “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children.  Your desire shall be contrary to your husband and he shall rule over you.”

And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’  cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;  thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.

By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.  And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.”

 

Adam and Eve had a perfect relationship with God.  That means they had perfect relationship with each other.  Can you imagine?

Even in this perfect world the pull to be in control and to be their own god was so strong Adam and Eve disobeyed God in hopes that they could know more, be more, know all, and be all.  Even in this perfect world with perfect relationships they desired to be their own god.  Oh how I can relate to this.  I have a constant desire to be in control.  I want to know what each step in life will hold.  I want to protect my loved ones.  I, however, am not able to do this.

In the perfect world, before sin entered, they walked with God in the garden.

As soon as the sin was committed they knew something was wrong.  I think this is easier for us to comprehend.  We have, at some point in our lives, experienced that instant regret after a lie, deceit, hate, or lust.

Their sin created a desire to run from the one who loves them.  Adam and Eve ran from the God whose desire was to be near them.  Just as with a feeling of instant regret this running from the God who loves us is something we know.   We can see all the things we have done wrong and we know we are not deserving of being in the presence of a holy God.  We are right about that.  We don’t deserve to be in his presence.

We don’t deserve it yet in spite of us and BECAUSE of his character he loves and wants to be near us.

It wouldn’t have taken long for Adam and Eve to see that the leaves they strung together to hide themselves were shriveling and exposing their nakedness.  It does not take long for us to see the masks, identities, good things we do shrivel off of ourselves and expose who we are apart from Christ.  The good works that we use to cover our sin and nakedness will never be sufficient.  They quickly shrivel and fall off of our bodies.  We may try to frantically string more on but it would be a lost cause.

God sacrificed an animal and clothed Adam and Even with the skin of the animal.  God sacrificed is own Son, Jesus, and when he looks at us he sees we are clothed with Him. One day in the future Jesus would offer himself as the sacrifice that would be sufficient for all.   We are clothed with the one who always was and always will be.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life,   and the life was the light of men.   The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

{John 1:1-5}

Jesus was there at creation.  He was there when Eve grabbed the fruit.  He was there when the promise was given that He would ‘crush his [the serpents] head.  He has always been and always will be.  Darkness may be yet darkness can never overcome The Light.

God calls to us just as he did to Adam and Eve.  He questions why we have run just as he did to Adam and Eve.  He tells us of the consequences we may suffer just as he did with Adam and Eve.  He promises to redeem our relationship with him just as he did with Adam and Eve.  He clothes us with a sufficient sacrifice only he could make just as he did for Adam and Eve.  He tells us that He has a plan just as he did for Adam and Eve.

God sacrificed an animal and clothed Adam and Even with the skin of that animal sacrifice.  God sacrificed is own Son, Jesus, and when he looks at us he sees we are clothed with Him.  We are clothed with the one who always was and always will be.

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