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“Please Father, don’t do this!” Adam cried, hot tears streaming down his face burning red tracks on his skin. Behind him, he heard the footsteps of the cherubim and his flaming sword. Adam dropped to his knees pleading on the dusty ground, his wife beside him looking small and dejected.
“My dear son, I have no choice. Now you must go.”
Adam noticed Father’s eyes were glistening with tears. He reached out and threw his arms around his neck. It was returned by a strong embrace, he knew Father’s hear t was broken, but his decision had been made and would not be taken back.
Adam and his wife picked up the zebra hide clothing that God had so lovingly stitched for them as their last departing gift; they gathered their sons and began the journey out of the Garden of Eden. He knew Father was right, but he still couldn’t believe what had happened, one afternoon, one moment in time, and his life had changed forever. He looked over at his wife, remembering the events that took place that day.
“What do you think you’re doing?! You know he told us not to do that!” Adam shouted. Horror plastered across his face as his jaw gaped open in utter amazement.
Adam had been happily lounging on a large patch of soft grass beside the stream which meandered through the centre of the garden, watching as the fish took turns jumping over the rocks. He began to feel a slight pang of hunger, so he asked his lovely wife to get some fruit from the nearby fruit trees for each of them. He had not expected however, that simple request could cause such a huge consequence. In the background he heard the voices of his wife and the serpent, but the voices were muffled making it hard to decipher what they were talking about. He decided to walk over and see what was holding her up, but when he did he could hardly believe his eyes. As he rounded the bend towards the grove of fruit trees, there stood his wife, hungrily eating the forbidden fruit.
“That’s from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil!!” He anxiously clarified, as if she had no idea.
“I know honey, but it tastes so good! And you know what the serpent said? He told me that we won’t die if we eat it, that instead we get to know what God knows!” She said, urging him to try the piece of fruit she had brought for him.
Suddenly Adam remembered how hungry he was, and it looked so good. “He said that?”
“Yes, and you know what? If we were going to die, wouldn’t I already be dead by now? Father can’t have really meant what he said about us dying.”
Maybe she was right, he thought, maybe just a tiny bite. He bit into the fruit, and suddenly the entire world seemed to change. He could see the horrible serpent snickering and realized he had tricked them, why had he listened to that sneaky reptile. His looked over at his wife who seemed to be thinking the same thing.
“He’s coming!” She whispered in panic. “We have to hide! You don’t want him to see us like this do you?”
They ran for the tallest bush and crouched behind it, shaking with fear. When God called to them, Adam considered pretending not to hear, but he knew God would know exactly where he was.
No matter how hard Adam thought, he couldn’t think of a way to get out of the mess they were in, he even contemplated lying which he had never done before. He chose to blame his wife, it was her fault anyway; she was the one who persuaded him to eat it.
Now, as they walked slowly out of the gate he couldn’t help but be ashamed of what he had done, but he could never take it back. He now knew about evil, and he knew God would never stand for evil in Eden. Adam sat down on a rock and began to sob. Immediately, he felt God watching him, comforting him in love. It would never be the same, but he would never doubt God’s love for him, he reached over and hugged tightly to the zebra cloak and then stood to walk into the wilderness with his family by his side.
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