The Rise and Fall of Man
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. (Genesis 3:1-4)
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that itwas pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. (Genesis 3:6-8)
God created man in His own image. But it didn’t take us long to think we could cut a better deal.
Say hello to the deadwood in your spiritual family tree. They go by the names Adam and Eve. And they’ve taken you far away from your roots. Not that we’d have done any differently had we been in their bare feet, but Adam and Eve’s decline into deception cost them much more than a nice, cozy home in the garden spot of the world. It cost the entire human family everything God had created it to be. Because of their sin or the Fall, as it’s commonly called. Mankind refused his rightful, original place of perfect, guilt-free fellowship with God, and landed with a thud on a dark, remote nowhere land a million miles from home (spiritually depraved, hopelessly lost.) Ever since then, the human quest has been to rediscover his lost worth, to understand why his innate desire to be better than he is and to enjoy a relationship with a God bigger than himself, has always ended in such disappointing failure. There’s only one way back. And you’ve found it. Say hello to Jesus Christ.
“The Bible enables people to solve the dilemma facing them. They can understand both their greatness and their cruelty.” – Francis Schaeffer
Tomorrow’s Reading: Through the sacrifice of the cross, that fallen person that used to be you has now been reinstated with your heavenly Father. So why doesn’t it always fell like it?