No matter what you know about the Bible.
No matter how familiar you are with the story.
THIS MOMENT SHOULD BREAK OUR HEARTS.
WE SHOULD HATE WHAT JUST HAPPENED!
In this story, Adam and Eve have just eaten from the tree they were told not to. The life they had been created for has been shattered. Imagine, a moment that represents the birth place of all the pain, suffering, and hurt you've ever felt--it was here.
Can you imagine what this moment must have been like for Adam and Eve? They had been living in a world where there was no such things as regrets, fears, or anxieties. In the moment that they ate from this tree, they felt certain emotions for the very first time.
EMOTIONS THAT ARE FAMILIAR TO US, THEY DIDN'T UNDERSTAND!
Regret. Doubt. Fear. Uncertainty. Shame. As these emotions entered their bodies, and they felt them for the first time, they didn't know what to call them. They didn't have a name for what they were feeling. All they knew was that it felt foreign. They knew it felt wrong. They knew they wanted to escape it. They hated this feeling. They missed what they had. In this moment, they already missed what the Garden had been.
A CRY TO RETURN TO THAT FORMER WAY OF LIFE WOULD BEGIN HERE, AND ECHO THROUGHOUT THE REMAINDER OF OUR STORY.
From this moment on, this would be the context of the rest of the story. Everyone else in the story would be born into a broken, fallen world. A lifestyle they were never originally created to have. Torn from their home.
As horrible as this was, their separation from Garden life wasn't the worst part of their new lifestyle. Adam and Eve had rejected Gods will for their lives. The Bible will refer to that as sin. The presence of sin in their lives would now separate them, not only from the garden, but most importantly, from their relationship with God.
THEY WERE NOW SEPARATED FROM THE VERY THING THEY WERE CREATED FOR!
This would be like a vehicle designed to run off of fuel, never being able to reach the pumps. Sure, you could push it, pull it, drag it, or coast it down a hill, but short of giving that vehicle the fuel it was created to run on, it would never fully function to its full capacity.
The life mankind was created for was lost. Once again, the Bible could have been a lot shorter. Think about it!? After everything God had just done for mankind through the act of creating. In the context of THIS story, would it be unreasonable for Him to walk away from His thankless creation?! NOT ALL.
THIS WAS THE WORLDS FIRST RECORDED HEARTBREAK
No one could read this story, come to this point, discover that God rejected His creation for rejecting Him, and than say, "That was harsh." THIS WAS HIS CREATION! HE GAVE THEM LIFE! THERE WOULD BE NO STORY WITHOUT HIM! He could do what He wants! Besides, have you ever been rejected by someone you love?
Our knee jerk response to extreme rejection and pain isn't to run after someone. At this point in the story, if God decided to say, "You made your bed now lie in it." We couldn't be mad, and probably wouldn't be surprised.
We need to camp out here for a moment and imagine what might happen next. Try and imagine how everything could possibly play out if you don't know how God is going to react.
THE SPACE BETWEEN MANKIND'S REJECTION AND GODS RESPONSE IS POWERFUL.
This is where our story stays paused. Waiting for God to respond...
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