Now we are going to go to the Garden. Psalms 8 again out of the New King James version.
O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is your name in all the earth, You who set Your glory above the heavens! Out of the mouth of babes and infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger. When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your finger, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen – even the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth!
So we were created to rule, and crowned with glory and honor. So what happened? Why are we here instead, very much not in control, but doing our best to control every situation and everyone?
Let’s look at what happened in that Garden that started all this.
When God the All Powerful Creator created this world, He created man in His image and then He placed him in the middle of the Garden. He told him to take care of everything and gave him all the fruit of the trees to eat except one…. just one: the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. That one was to not be eaten, but still tended, still taken care of.
So God set the man in the Garden, gave him his position and assignment, and all the food he could eat and just one thing that he couldn’t eat.
And God knew that it wasn’t good for man to be alone that it was all too much for him, he needed a helper. We watch God create the animals and parade them in front of the man and he named them one by one, to see if a helper was among them. Then we see that not one was suitable, so he created the female out of the man’s rib.
And the man seems to be pretty excited by it, calling her woman, and the Father liked what He saw for his precious creation and blessed them. We see in the Genesis 1: 27-31
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food;” and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.
So Genesis 2: 8-9 tells us:
The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of he ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Sometimes I think we say to ourselves.. “Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know the story of the creation,” and we can forget key elements. There was only one tree that man was commanded not to eat. The tree of life, man was welcome to eat from freely.
We also see in chapter 2 that man was told he needed to tend to the garden and could eat of any tree except the one tree, and we see it is before the woman enters the scene.
But in the beginning of chapter 3 we see the cunning serpent, and he goes after the woman. Ever wonder why? Could it be that he knew that she wasn’t there to hear God tell the man for herself how to tend to the garden and the one thing they were prevented from doing? Or, maybe it could just be that women tend to be more trusting? Or, that we are more in touch with our emotions. I don’t have an answer, I kind of think it is all of them, but that’s just me.
Anyway, we see him come up to her and ask her, “Did God really say you shall not eat of every tree in the garden?”
She answered ” Oh we can eat the fruit, but not of the tree in the middle of the garden, we can’t even touch it, or we will die.” Notice how her answer adds to the commandment? How many times have we done that? When that happens, we can get into some trouble.
Now here is where rejection was seeded. Genesis 3: 4-5
And the serpent said to the woman, “You will surely not die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
What is he saying to her? Meh, you won’t die, God’s just rejected you as good enough to be like Him and He just won’t let you eat of that fruit because you will be like Him, and He doesn’t want you to be like Him. He has rejected you but if you eat this not only will you not die, but you will be like Him, not even needing Him.
So she mulled it over, wanted to be like Him. She was convinced that she needed it; didn’t think she would die, for some reason trusted the serpent over God, and took the fruit and ate, and then gave to her husband, and he rejected the Father as well and chose the female and ate too.
Can you imagine, since we have such hindsight, making that choice? What about making up more rules than God gave that bind us and open us up for failure.
With one simple bite, everything changed. They had rejected God and His ways and found that the glory and honor they had been crowned with were gone, and they tried to cover themselves by their own means.
So when they heard the sound of the LORD God coming, they hid, they had rejected God’s way, made a terrible mistake and didn’t know how to repent from the mistake. I think that they thought if they stayed hidden, God would just walk on by and they could put it off a moment longer.
But the Father didn’t just go, he called after Adam, and Adam answered and sort of confessed, I was afraid because I was naked.
Isn’t it funny that God then said.. “Who told you, you were naked? Did you eat of the tree I told you not to eat from?” Have you ever had one of those moments? Where God asks you, who told you that?
We see Adam passing the buck and blaming God and the woman, and we see the woman tattling on the serpent, and suddenly, the serpent is silent. For someone who had so much to say before, in the presence of the Lord, he was tongue tied.
So God had to separate from his creation, and he had to show them that leaves were not an acceptable sacrifice for the transgression, and because sin had entered this beautiful world, He had to send them out of the garden so that they did not eat of the tree of life and be separated from Him forever. So the Creator that made us in His image had to be parted from us with a few exceptions like Enoch, and had to wait on the fulfillment of the promise of His Son to bring us together again.
Look, we might get hoodwinked into believing something wrong, or making the wrong decisions, but let’s take responsibility and repent, and because of the Blood of Jesus, God puts us right back on the right path, and sometimes it is very quick in coming but sometimes, it takes a moment.
You see, even after God had to lay down the consequences of their actions, He had a promise through the female that would once and for all defeat the serpent. I want you to see that there is always a promise for us. He always has a promise for us. And even though rejection entered in the garden the promise is acceptance. Acceptance through the Blood of Jesus, and because of that, there is no rejection from the Father.
I know I’m getting ahead of myself here, but I can’t help it, it’s just so good some of the things I have been hearing, that I totally want to jump in and tell you. But I also know we need to really dive into this so that when we are freed from this this enemy will stand before us no more.
Love Y’all. Thank you for reading this and sharing it if it has affected you in any way like it has affected me.
Grace and Peace be yours.