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Topic: Confused (08/16/07)
By Richard Schilke
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Imagine…a place where the plants and the animals live in unity; a lion sprawls lazily beside a lamb as colorful birds fly playfully overhead. Fruit trees in abundance tantalize both the eye and the taste bud, ever green with leaves and filled constantly with produce to the breaking point, but never breaking. Imagine… a hungry fawn nibbling freely from the abundance of produce without a protective gardener giving a second look. The busy insects that inhabited the garden ate only from the “weeds” that grew perfectly between each row. Imagine… Mmm… Peace and Tranquility enhanced by the sound of a honey bee buzzing busily, performing its daily routine. The sound of a waterfall in the distance creates a mist that falls softly on leaves that inhale the life-giving irrigation. Hmmm.
“Oh-h-h, my aching back,” the man said aloud as he picked himself up from the dusty bed of pine needles that covered the hard ground below.
“Where am I?” he added groggily as he wiped the sleep from his eyes. A woman lay, still sleeping on the bed of pine needles. As the man bent over her to wake her up, reality set in.
“What have we done?” he again spoke aloud, scratching the welts on his body left by the mosquitoes and flies that annoyingly pestered him all night.
The woman lying on the ground stirred. The leaves that covered her fell from her body as she sat up suddenly, realizing the events of the previous day.
“Where did that serpent go?” she asked the man standing above her as she unsuccessfully ran her fingers through her tangled hair.
The looks on the pair’s faces were confused. They were feeling aches and pains they had never felt before. Their emotions overwhelmed them. Fear of the unknown gripped them as they dazedly stood looking at each other.
Suddenly, they heard familiar footsteps walking through the thick foliage that surrounded them. Adam looked at Eve and saw that she was not covered.
“What are we going to do?” Eve asked her mate as she darted behind a bush realizing her flaw.
“I don’t know,” Adam said to Eve. “Hide!”
The pair crouched behind the bush as the footsteps drew near.
“Adam, Eve, where are you? You did not show up for our daily walk? I miss you!” said the voice of their best friend. “Please, come to me so we can commune.”
The pair trembled behind the bush, not knowing what to do. They knew that they had disobeyed the wishes of their friend and ate of the fruit they were told to stay away from. The confusion that ensued was a direct result of their actions, causing their senses to race.
Adam said accusingly to the woman, “This is entirely your fault. Why did you go for a walk without me yesterday?”
“I told you I heard a strange noise near the Tree of Life. Where were you when I needed you to be with me?” Eve answered angrily.
God spoke, “Adam. Eve. I know what you have done. Now you need to come out and face me.”
The pair stood up from behind the bush, answering in unison, “Here we are Lord. Over here, behind the bush.”
Every human being since the fall of Adam and Eve has asked, “Why? Why if God is infinitely wise and knows all things did He create the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil?” The answer seems to elude us and continually arises in the time of daily trials that confuse mankind as to “Why” God created the very thing that allowed the sin that separates us from Him.
The day that God sent Adam and Eve packing from the Garden of Eden, He made them a covenant. He promised to send His son, Jesus, to redeem mankind from their sin. He wrote the story in the stars, which the wise men saw. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection from the dead is the direct fulfillment of God’s promise (prophetic Word) to Adam and Eve. Through this promise, God gave us an even greater destiny in Him. The Holy Spirit, which by His power, we have the power to perform even greater miracles than Jesus. In the name of Jesus, the new Adam, we have the power to heal the sick.
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