Are you about ready to return to the Garden to the very place we were observing Adam and Eve last as they were making coverings for their bodies. Remember? It was just when we heard God call out to Adam? Yes? Me too!
Let’s hurry back and get settled in and hear what God has to say about this trespass against Him!
[…continued from 03/16/13]
We were observing both Adam and Eve as they hurriedly prepared coverings out of fig leaves and vines. Actually, they designed some pretty nice coverings — a little retro for my taste — however, very efficient.
Wait! Remember last time? Is that God calling Adam?!
“Adam, Adam — where are you?” God calls out as He is walking in the cool of the evening. “You’re supposed to be here like you are every evening for fellowship!”
“Here I am, Lord God, I heard you calling but I really don’t want you to see me and the woman naked so I was busy making some of these really eclectic coverings out of these fig leaves and threading them together with these small vines,” he stuttered, trying to get God’s attention off of the circumstances, “You think these duds will catch on?”
“You are going to have to work your fingers to the bone and strain your back just to get anything to eat from the ground for the rest of your days.”
“Ok, stop with the pretense already, Adam, who told you that you are naked? Did you get into the fruit of the only tree in the Garden that I specifically commanded you not to eat from?”
“Not really, it was this woman that you gave me, Lord God,” Adam whines and complains, “She just up and pulled one off that tree, took a big chunk out of it, and then had the audacity to hand it to me to eat. I really had no choice! You know how a woman can be!” Adam responds as he hangs his head — trying not to make eye contact with his Lord and God — hoping his reasoning will appease Him.
God turns to Eve and asks, “Just what in the Garden do you think you’re doing?” he asked.
“Lord!” she stammers, “It’s that talking snake over there hiding behind the tree,” she answers with a tremble of fear and dread, “he made me do it! He deceived me and I grabbed it and ate!”
God looks at where the woman is pointing. He slowly approaches where the serpent is hiding and with a stern voice, he loudly declares, “Ok! Because you have done this, I am going to curse you more than any livestock or any animal for that matter!” He looks at Satan and says, “You are going to crawl on your belly in the dust and eat it for all your days!”
He then turns and points at the woman and resumes His admonishment, “I’m placing a bitter parting of the ways — a hostility — between you and the woman,” he informed Satan, “and between your seed and hers!” Then, with a final thrust, He continues, “He will grant you a fatal blow but you will only be able to temporarily slow Him down!”
Then God turns back to the woman and stares deeply into her eyes before saying, “As for you,” he declares in indignation, “you will have such pain when you have children that you will wish you had never been born!” Letting that sink in, He then continues, “You will hurt for hours in giving sons and daughters to the man but you will always come back in desire for him, regardless of how bad having his children hurts and he will dominate you!”
He then turns to the man, walks over, points His finger at him, and commands, “As for you, it’s because of you that the very ground — that has lovingly begat the plants and trees here in the Garden for you — will be cursed!” He waits for effect and continues, “You are going to have to work your fingers to the bone and strain your back just to get anything to eat from the ground for the rest of your days!”
God stares long and hard at the man again and resumes his curse, “All you are going to see are thorns and thistles in your way and you will have to fight for every square inch of space in order eat bread as you sweat for everything you grow!” God then solemnly continues, “You will eventually return to the ground from where you were brought up out of because you are mere dust and to dust you will return because of your disobedience!”
Adam turns to his wife, “Oh man, I’m going to call you Eve — that means the mother of all living!”
God killed some game and made clothes for both of them. Adam responded, “Lord, I really think our clothing design looks more pleasing to the eye but I recognize the value of the leather since I am going to have to bust my chops to feed all the kids Eve will have to suffer in bringing into the world.”
God then began speaking, “Ok, we have to place cherubim with those fancy swords to guard the Garden so that these two don’t eventually slip back in and eat from the tree of life and live forever!” They watched the cherubim whirl their flaming swords around and around. God stated matter-of-factly, “Wow, they are a great creation! With these cherubim getting their fancy sword play on — I see no way those two will be able to get back in now!” [to be continued…].
Until next time!
QUESTION: HAVE YOU EVER SUFFERED CONSEQUENCES FOR BEING DISOBEDIENT TO GOD IN YOUR LIFE?