Have you ever wondered about the fact that the Bible is the most sold book ever published and yet is probably the least use
Adam and Eve
Just about everyone knows who these two were. First of all they were first man and first woman of the entire world which actually means of the entire universe. That’s pretty big stuff, right? Well, let me tell you something you may not know about them. Really! I kid you not!
They were both extremely naïve. You didn’t know?” They didn’t have a bit of background and had to find out everything they needed to know from other people. Of course you and I know that there were no other people in that beautiful garden called Eden, so when God began to tell them some things they needed to know, of course their first thought was to get a second opinion.
Satan, Mr. Johnny-on-the-spot, so to speak, was there just when they were wondering where they could get the nitty-gritty on this matter. So they strolled on over to Mr. Beautiful himself and asked straight out what he thought and Mr. Beautiful had a strange reaction. He laughed. Then he laughed some more and said in a superior kind of way that looked as if he was in shock and said “And you believed what God said? Let me get this straight, God actually said if you eat of that tree over there that’s called the Tree of Knowledge you’ll die?” And he begins to chuckle again.
“Honey” he said in his sweetest voice “He didn’t mean it that way…He was kidding you.”
“You’re sure?” they asked.
“Of course! I wouldn’t lead you wrong! Now listen to me and I’ll sort this all out. Why would He talk about dying when you just got here? That doesn’t make any sense at all. Now what he was really doing was just playing with you, I assure you. If you like the looks of that apple and are craving a bite or two of something good and crisp why just run on over there and pull you one or two. What is it going to hurt, hmm?”
And Adam and Eve were so glad to have this troubling situation resolved and so impressed by Satan’s spectacular looks in his suit of jewels, that they didn’t give it another thought.
Now when God heard the end of this unbelievable story, His heart was broken because He knew what He had to do. Please understand that He wasn’t happy about expelling the man and woman from the garden, but not because He was a mean landlord. He could see that Satan had told a tiny bit of truth and had fancied up the rest of the truth with so many lies that it was inevitable that Adam and Eve would believe what he said.
No, God was sad because if He left them in the Garden they
could partake of the Tree of Life and live forever in darkness. Yes, in darkness because forgiveness had not yet been gifted to ‘man’. Had this happened they could have wandered aimlessly in a dark world without opportunity to redeem themselves.
If you thought a God who loved them wouldn’t have treated them so, think again. Their punishment was an act of love to save them, and they were given probably many opportunities to show repentance. How do I know this when scripture doesn’t show it in so many words? I know it because God is not partial to any man and His teachings always show the opportunity for another chance.
Oh, by the way I’ll have other things to share that many do not know about. So stick around and be one of the first to know!