Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Creative Power of the Voice of God: The Fall – No. 6
In review, the scheming serpent questioned Eve by asking, “Do I understand that God told you not to eat from any tree in the garden?” 1 Eve responded. “Not at all. We can eat from the trees in the garden. It’s only about the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘Don’t eat from it; don’t even touch it or you’ll die.’” 2
The devil retorted Eve’s explanation about eating from the Tree with a bold-faced lie, “You won’t die.” 3 Eve’s decision to disobey the Creator’s only boundary ushered in the end of the innocent utopia of the Garden of Eden. Her Machiavellian miscalculation would impact her world in ways she never dreamed or imagined.
“When the Woman saw that the tree looked like good eating and realized what she would get out of it — she’d know everything! — she took and ate the fruit and then gave some to her husband, and he ate." 4 Eve was tricked. She decided to defy God’s command and instead act upon the appealing words of the devil. Inexplicably, without any hesitation, Adam took the fruit from Eve and violated the Creator’s command as well.
Then, “Immediately the two of them did ‘see what’s really going on’ — saw themselves naked! They sewed some fig leaves together as makeshift clothing for themselves” in an attempt to cover the nakedness. Genesis 3:7 (msg) Paradise was lost. The days of being naked, transparent, carefree, spontaneous, and unguarded were over. Now they would need to cover up, pretend, hide from each other, worry about appearances, and pretend. Innocence was tossed aside and lost. It was replaced by shame, guilt, fear, disgrace, embarrassment, and remorse.
“There is an important principle to be seen here: God desires from us the obedience of faith. Such obedience is not based upon our understanding of why we are to act as God requires, but simply because it is God who requires it. The obedience of faith is based on our faith in God, not on our understanding of why God calls one thing good and another evil. Parents teach their children to obey on the same basis. You cannot explain to a young child why an electrical outlet is dangerous. You can only forbid them to touch it, because you said so, and because they trust your word.” 6
This is the sixth part of some thoughts I wrote in the fall of 2012 in an attempt to capture the incredible power, glory, splendor, radiance, and majesty of God speaking in the creation as well as the rebellion of Lucifer and his fallen angels. I'd enjoy any feedback you might have: L2G.Forum@gmail.com. ~ Rusty Rustenbach © 2012