Evil in the Garden (Part Five)

Journal Entry: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

Genesis chapter three gives us a description of the progression of sin in the life of a person. Sin always begins innocently enough and escalates when we begin to entertain thoughts contrary to our beliefs. The idea of committing a sin is usually passed on to us by a friend, an associate, or an independent thought that seems to come from out of nowhere. Once a person commits a sin there is usually a feeling of guilt or a knowing feeling that passes through our soul telling us we have done something against our better judgment that has affected our relationship with another person.

In the garden soon after Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit they realized a change had taken place in their life. The covering of God’s grace that empowered them had left them the very instant they partook of the forbidden fruit. The very thing that made them king of the earth was no longer upon them. And without God’s grace covering them; they saw themselves as being naked or they saw each other in a different light than they were used to seeing each other. In a moments time their sin had stolen their power and prestige and turned them into slaves to the serpent of evil they had allowed to stay in their garden. And when they didn’t know what else to do, they did what man usually does at a time like this; they tried to hide their shame behind fig leaves.

Genesis 3:11-13 gives us the account of what happened in the garden when Adam and Eve realized God was going to hold them accountable for their actions. God does not accept our feeble excuses for why we sin. He asked Adam and Eve a question that cut to the heart of their sin problem; “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” To which the man replied, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman replied, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Instead of confessing up – Adam and Eve began to blame each other for their sin. Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent; but God wasn’t buying their excuses. Each person sins voluntarily; and God holds each person individually accountable for the part they play in the commission of the sin. Therefore, the degree of punishment for each one in this account varied according to the part they played. Adam would earn his living by the sweat of his brow. Eve would suffer great pain during childbirth, and Satan would crawl on his belly just as the serpent did to deceive God’s children.

Genesis 3:14-19 So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel. And to the woman He said: I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you. Then to Adam He said, Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it’: Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it your were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”

When we sin we don’t understand the dire consequences of that action. Adam and Eve didn’t understand it either, but they had their day of reckoning in the Garden of Eden. And there will come a day of reckoning for each of us when we will stand individually before the throne of God to give an account for what we did with the life He gave us. Just as Adam and Eve were kicked out the Garden of Eden which was their earthly domain; if we are found guilty of being a sinner on the day we are judged, we will not be allowed to enter God’s heavenly domain. But we will instead be escorted to the place of torment away from God’s presence just as Adam and Eve were escorted out of the Garden of Eden to make their own way in the hostile environment away from the place God visited in the cool of the evening.  DThrash

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