Genesis 3:1-24 (New International Version, ©2010)
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
16 To the woman he said,
“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.”
17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”
20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.
21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east sideof the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
He must have been terribly disappointed when Adam and Eve disobeyed Him. He had created them to be free and independent, but at the same time dependent on Him. He had given them a will to make their own decisions to love Him, but in doing so it would lead to His greatest disappointment.
I guess He could have vaporized them on the spot, deciding to go on with what was left of Creation, but He really couldn't do that, because He had created them out of His love and care for them. Besides, He had only created the other stuff so that mankind could see Him in all things and enjoy what He had done for them.
This conversation, this relationship would have to take on a whole new purpose. What God had planned would have to take more time, more work, more love, and more sacrifice. He would have to make it all better again. He would be the only one that could redeem His creation. He would have to make the way, the path by which they could be restored to Him; back to the relationship He originally intended to have with them.
We feel exactly the same way, when our own children disappoint us. But they have also been borne out of our love, and we want what is best for them, no matter what they do to us. We want to make it all better as well; but it will take more time, more work, more love and more sacrifice. We utlimately have to make the way, the path by which they can be restored to us when they stray.
How marvelous and wonderful that He has made us just like Him!
3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:3 (New King James Version)
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