Just another day in the garden.

Everyone has that one question that they plan on asking God when they get to Heaven, right? “Why did I get in that car accident?” or “Why was I a natural blonde? You knew I’d dye it, anyway.”  What’s my question? It’s not even to God…it’s for Adam…and it’ll be something like this:

“Really? Hippopotamus? How’d you come up with that?”

Let’s be real – Adam had a pretty sweet job. God created the world, then put Adam in charge of naming everything. In Genesis 2: 19, it says, “Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name”. Uh, chicka-yes! “God, you labor for seven days and then do some resting. I’ll take everything from here.”

How often do we do that in our lives? We witness God working in our lives, or creating a perfect situation for us to grow…and we tell Him to back off. Nicely, though, right? “God, thanks for this. You’ve done so much for me, that girl over there could use a hand. Focus on her for a while. I’ll be ok on my own”. Have you ever said that?

I think we do that without realizing it, sometimes. Like we feel guilty for taking up God’s time and energy. God’s a lot of things, but He isn’t absent. He’s omnipresent. Meaning, He’s everywhere at every moment. He’s in the air we breathe. He’s everywhere we go, whether we want Him there or not.

Another part of that verse that really hits home to me is “He brought them to the man to see what he would name them.” To see what he would name them. So, basically…God was curious about man. He didn’t create a world, then throw man into the mix with a “good luck”. He created the world so that we could enjoy creation. So that we could have joy.

Look at what happened to Adam and Eve:

“…God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.'” God gave Adam and Eve one rule. I can imagine the hip God that I know saying something like, “Alright, listen…check out all this awesome stuff I made for you to enjoy. Trees, flowers, yeah! It’s awesome! Ahhh…but, uh…I’ve only got one rule. That tree over there? Cool, right? Yeah, don’t eat the fruit on it.” And that’s it. One rule. He didn’t say, “don’t go near that tree” or “don’t look at that tree”, he simply said, “don’t eat it’s fruit because if you do…well…you’ll die.” Pure and simple.

Now, let’s back up a little bit. When God created woman, he created her from Adam’s rib. (Following me? If you’re staring at your screen and mouthing “wait…what”, check out Genesis 2: 21-23.) Ok, now this next verse may seem silly or insignificant, but it’s actually really important, so just roll with it: Gen. 2: 24, “The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame”. At that time, it was normal. Also, animals roaming all other the place was pretty commonplace, but that’s another story.

When the serpent comes along and tempts Adam and Eve, everything changes. Eve decides she wants some of the knowledge that this tree supposedly bears, so she eats some fruit and shares it with her husband. The Bible says in Gen. 3:7, “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves”. How quickly everything changes, huh? One moment, they’re basking in the glory of the Lord, coming up with words like “monkey” and “hippopotamus”, then the next, they’re ashamed and facing the wrath of God. Remember what He said? Don’t eat the fruit or you will die.

So, God kills them. The End.

It would have been so much easier that way, right? What if God had just gotten rid of them and started over? That didn’t happen. Our God is a merciful god. He doesn’t seek our destruction or rain misery onto our lives. Instead, He cursed mankind. Because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, women face more pain in childbirth. Thanks, guys. I’m also convinced global warming is their fault. (Not really…but really…)

This event is usually referred to as “The Fall”. Why? I’d choose something like “The Disaster” or “The Trainwreck”. They had everything they could ever want, but they did one thing to mess it all up: they disobeyed God. You have to wonder, were they thinking God was holding out on them? Did they think that one act could make them better than how they had been created? Adam and Eve decided to make their own rules, that God’s weren’t good enough, and all of mankind has paid the price.

What’s happened in your life to where you thought your decision could be better? That He had failed you?

I encourage you to share!


Listening to: “Culture & Theology” A Sermon by Matt Chandler


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