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by Jonita (Jay) Johnson
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Genesis 1:26 “Let us make man in our image…” Man made in love and beauty, and intelligence, man made for intimate fellowship with God his Father.

God made Adam then Eve – The very 1st family, and it was GOOD. All things were created for man. He had dominion over all things living and growing. God had only given man one limitation.

Adam apparently wasn’t the greatest communicator, and Eve had so much going on with her gardening and all the animals, her listening skills apparently weren’t as tuned into him as they should have been. And neither apparently used the reasoning skills they were endowed with.

So one day because they didn’t use their mutual skills, Eve fell for the o’key-doke of one Satan the serpent (aka: tempter (tress), Lucifer, the wanna-be god, busybody, Loser, etc). Surely you know the kind. Anyway, Satan came at her with a challenge. The challenge to break the limit God had put on them to not eat of the tree of good and evil. Satan challenged their view of God to be right or wrong, he challenged the Word of God as a lie, and the ultimate challenge to them that they would not die, but instead they would be gods too and know good and evil. Remember now everything was good, except for Satan. He was all set to wreak havoc on the perfect world that God created. Adam and Eve had everything at their fingertips for the picking. What Satan showed Eve looked so good, smelled pretty, sounded so sensible, and seemed so innocent she went for his line. Adam followed Eve. They made a choice.

Choices, as we now know, have rewards or consequences. Our 1st. family was about to learn their first lesson about independent living, not heeding the promises of God who loves them.

Well Adam and Eve had their way, did the forbidden thing, and immediately their eyes were truly open. They knew that they were wrong. They were scared. For the first time Adam and Eve experienced fear. Their loving relationship with Father God was in question. They realized for the first time they were vulnerable. They stood naked facing each other and knew the shame of what they had done, and just how helpless and defenseless they really were. So they tried to hide themselves. Again mistakenly, they thought they could hide from God too. We’ve played that game too – hide and seek.

As God did every evening He came to visit His kids. “Adam, Adam where are you?” He knew all the time, but dad’s who love don’t just drop their kids because they are wrong. He sought them out, even though He knew what they did and where they were.

Adam and Eve were in trouble. They wanted things their way – out of God’s law. Yes, there is a price to pay. God could have destroyed them and started all over again. But instead He gave them a chance to come clean about what happened.

Adam answered. “I heard you, but I was afraid, cause’ I was naked so I hid myself.”

“Adam, who told you you were naked? Adam did you eat of the tree I commanded you not to eat of?”

Now the blame game starts. Adam answers, “The woman you gave me she gave it to me.
God asks Eve, “What have you done?
Eve is thinking, I’m not taking the whole rap for this. She answers, “The serpent deceived me, and I did eat.

And God said to the serpent because you have caused this mess, you are cursed and there will be hostility between you and the woman, and her seed will bruise your head. To the woman He said He would greatly multiply her sorrow, and her husband would rule over her. To the man who had dominion over all things; God said to the man, because I commanded you not to eat of the fruit; the ground is cursed because of your doing; the land will be thorny and hard to till, hard to harvest. You will labor hard to eat of it until you die. From dust you came, to dust you will return.

But God allowed them to live. In His love for them He made skins to cover their nakedness. But the 1st family had to leave the garden. They had to leave that safe and secure place that their Father had created for them.

God gave them what they thought they wanted independence. Today we are still drawn away from our Father for the allurement of ‘pretty, more knowledge, being gods in one way or another.’ We are still subject to our curiosity, to our need for self-rule. God gives us what we want; but just as Adam and Eve did, we will always pay the cost to be the boss.

Adam and Eve, the 1st family were the groundwork for our society today. The plan of God for family was and is today to be indivisible, united, strong, in belief and actions. We have the choice today to make home strong and safe. To teach values that an intruder/family-crasher cannot come in and easily deceive. We have an opportunity still to live in the presence of God and to live in His perfect will for our family.

When families are united as God intended them to be, it is hard for forces to come between them. We can learn from the experiences of Adam and Eve. God’s plan was for them and us to grow and prosper in His love and provision for us. When we as families put God first, teaching our children the laws of God, and living in the purpose that God created each of us for – We are strong.

Families are the foundation that communities are built around. Take God our Father out of family we have chaos; limited values, diminishing respect for ourselves and others; kids killing parents, grown folks raping children, lies; deception used to benefit self. Without the family communities do not turn into nations with purpose; and a nation without purpose is lost.

Keep our families strong and follow God’s command: Deuteronomy 4:5-9
See I have taught you rules and laws as the Lord my God has commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to possess. Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about these rules and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to Him? And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous rules and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today? Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.

Let us remain one nation, one community, one family as in the words in our Pledge of Allegiance of the United States of America …We are one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. And as our money states let us so put into action by building our families believe ‘In God We Trust.’

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