You've been rejected. You laid your heart out for someone you love, and they've denied your offer. The pain is real. The heartache immense.
HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND?
We're about to see how God responds to what's happened in the story so far. After creating the earth for mankind, giving them life, placing them inside a perfect world, and designing them to enjoy a relationship with Him, they have turned from His offer by doing the only thing they were told not to do.
He could reject them. He could scold them. He could turn His back on them for what they've done. Anything God does in this moment would arguably be the right move.
WHAT RIGHT WOULD ADAM OR EVE HAVE TO TELL HIM,
"THAT'S NOT FAIR! WE'VE EARNED A SECOND CHANCE. WE DESERVE IT!"
Thinking about this moment, it wouldn't be a surprise if God left them to deal with the fall out of their decision. In fact, what God does next is the most shocking thing that could happen in this story.
HE GOES AFTER HIS BROKEN CREATION.
Without a doubt, Gods response to what happened had to have shocked everyone. He goes after Adam and Eve, and does so by FIRST addressing the serpent, Satan. The story tells us that God looks at Satan and professes...
"I will put enmity between you and the woman. Between your offspring and hers. He will crush your head and you will strike his heal" - Genesis 3:15