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Topic: End (02/13/06)
- TITLE: The End of Innocence (ii)
By Marilyn Schnepp
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Gasping for breath and trembling with fear...she waited! Waited and listened for the sound of His footsteps, the sound of His voice, and the certainty of death that would END her life.
She had recognized those footsteps immediately This was no stranger just casually walking in her neck of the woods by accident! No! She knew him well! He came here every day, usually in the cool of the day, looking for her and her husband - and today was no exception!
As she lay there shivering against the cold damp ground, she began to sob. She tried desperately to stifle the sound, but it was too late...He had heard her!
"Why did you hide from me?", He asked, as He reached down to take her hand and help her up from her hiding place.
One trembling hand reached out from beneath the foliage taking the Master's hand, while the other clutched a handful of leaves she had hastily tied together to hide her unclothed body: "Because I, ah.. I.. ah, had no clothes", she stammered, "and I was afraid."
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It is obvious to you by now that I am referring to that fateful day in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned and brought an end to Man's immortality.
In this Genesis story we also read about the first "point-the-finger-of-blame game", which still continues today. When God asked Adam about eating the fruit, Adam said, "It was the woman you gave me, she gave me the fruit, and I did eat"; and when God asked Eve about it, she blamed the serpent, saying "It was the serpent who beguilled me....
"I was strolling along
'Neath the leaves of a tree
When I spotted a serpent
As wise as could be!
"So I lingered awhile
To hear him out;
And as I listened
I began to doubt.
"Now I will admit
I stayed for lunch,
Then took something home
For Adam to munch".
Excuses, excuses, excuses!
Eve didn't need to make all those empty excuses, for Man's Salvation had been planned from the very beginning, and that was finalized 2,000 years ago on an old rugged cross on Calvary. God's only begotten son took the blame upon Himself for Mankind's sin, and died for us, You and Me! "Greater love hath no man than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13 NIV)
Meanwhile, back to Eden......
The couple was evicted from their Garden home; but like the loving Father that God is, He did not send His children out into the world naked or in loosely sewn-together fig leaves; instead..."The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them." (Gen 3:21 NIV)
Just think! Adam and Eve left Eden wearing beautiful coats of skin, perhaps even made from the sacrifice of one of their own buddies - the leopard, fox or the mink - who just yesterday had romped and played with them in the plush, green grass back home. What a deep sense of sorrow it must have caused them to witness death for the first time...and the end of innocence.
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