Adam and Eve were enjoying the garden (Genesis 3) when a talking ‘snake’ approached them. Have you known a couple of those? I’ll bet you have.
How about the ‘friend’ who talks you into doing something you know you shouldn’t be doing. Like, just run the red light or stop sign. Or, no one will ever know if you cheat on … How about, I know it’s late but just one more … Gossip, put-downs, bullying…
Rationalizing can get us into all kinds of trouble. And yes, both Adam and Eve started the whole ‘passing the buck’, it’s not my fault, the other person made me do it. Some no’s are meant to be no.
Have you ever thought about the fact that Adam and Eve had everything? By God’s design, they had each other, the perfect home, great health, plentiful food and water, God’s presence… It wasn’t enough. It never is. There’s always something more, isn’t there?
That’s what that darn snake wanted them to think. That it wasn’t enough. That they could have more. That God doesn’t always know everything. In fact, the snake wanted to replace God in their thoughts and lives.
Now, here’s the thing. Any time we consider replacing God with anything, good or bad, there’s going to be a consequence. That’s what they didn’t take into account. The fruit looked good, smelled good, probably even tasted good. But, God had said no!
Can you imagine the scene when they heard God walking in the garden that evening? He was looking for them. He wanted to talk to them. So, here’s the rub. It’s impossible to hide from God. He knows where you are, always. He knew where Adam and Eve were but, He wanted them to come to Him.
And they did, dressed in leaves. “What have you done?” Adam said she made me do it. Eve said the snake made me do it. The snake snickered at the whole thing.
God put them out of the garden. You know the rest of the story, right? Adam would have to work for all the things that had been his. Eve would have painful births and would desire her husband. Both were banished from the garden.
But God knew the rest of the story.
Blessings to you and yours!
The Jesse Tree is all about knowing the people God put in place to point to the birth of the one who would save us all.