When God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden they enjoyed a harmonious and beautiful relationship with Him at first. God provided many different varieties of fruit trees in the garden for their enjoyment.
But He said to them, “you can eat of the fruit of every tree in the garden except the fruit from one tree – the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat the fruit from this tree you will die.”
That sounds reasonable and we think that they should have been satisfied with all that they had. Unfortunately they failed the test.
(Genesis 26-17) Why? Because God’s enemy, Satan, suggested to them that what God said was not true and they ought to be free to eat anything they wanted. It sounds like the kind of freedom some of us want to-day – freedom to do anything we want to do.
What was the result of listening to Satan instead of listening to God? Adam and Eve immediately knew they had done wrong and felt guilty. They knew that what they had done would hurt the intimate relationship they had with God and when He came to talk with them, they hid from Him.
A Sinful Twist
It would have been bad enough if our first parents, Adam and Eve, were the only ones to be affected by this disobedience, but the whole human family has been spoiled by it. What Adam and Eve became, we are – separated from God. None of us is what we could or should be. Every child born since then has had a natural tendency towards wrong and that is the result of Adam and Eve’s disobedience.
(by Rev. E.C.Long) (to be continued).
Come and hear how this relationship can be restored by the Easter Message, at Glenorie Mission Church on Easter Sunday 16th April at 9am.
Regular Service times each Sunday at 10 a.m.
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