Eve gazed across the table laden with lush fruit and tasty vegetables. Plenty for her, Adam, and the animals that stayed close by. The sun had warmed the earth, and the watering dews had come at just the right time. Planting, cultivating, and harvesting was such a joy. It was a perfect world. What happened?
When God created man, he placed him in the Garden of Eden. “And the LORD God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.’” Genesis 2:15-17.
Then God created Eve and gave her to Adam. One day satan, in the form of a serpent, said to Eve, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1) He went on to tempt her, saying, “You will not surely die...” (Genesis 3:4). Eve took some of the fruit, ate it, then gave some to Adam, and he ate it. Immediately, they were aware of their sin.
God was not taken by surprise. When he confronted them that evening, the serpent, Adam and Eve were punished, but God did not leave them without hope. In Genesis 3:15 God promised to send a Savior. That hope is gained in Jesus Christ. When man sinned, God provided the remedy. John 3:16 affirms, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
* Scripture is from the NIV.
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