As I have watched my children grow up, I have also witnessed their growing maturity in understanding what is the right thing to do. In most situations they are able to know what God would like them to do. But, as they grow in this knowledge, they also have an increased accountability for their actions. For example, when they were infants they didn't know that they shouldn't bite someone the first time they tried; however, if my children bit someone now they would be held accountable. They know that is not how to treat someone. All week, I have been looking at the account of Adam and Eve's disobedience in the Garden of Eden, today I am looking at the result of their actions. Please read Genesis 3:14-24.
Reading through the descriptions that God gave to the serpent, Eve, and Adam we can imagine how awful all of this must have been after living in perfection. While Adam and Eve had a job to do in the garden, they didn't have to contend with control issues or with constant weeds and stubborn roots. Suddenly they were thrust into imperfection and strife. They were separated from the Garden of Eden and had to work hard in order to eat and survive. But God didn't abandon them; He still cared about them and helped them. But now there was a separation between them and God. Their relationship with Him was forever changed.
They now understood the difference between good and evil and that also meant that they would be accountable for their behavior. To me, the change in their relationship with God had to be the worst part of their punishment; however, I also think carrying the burden of accountability also had to be difficult. They were no longer innocent and understood that there were consequences for their behavior. This is a change that we cannot relate to because we were never innocent, but I can imagine how that had to be a difficult weight to bear at first. We are also held accountable because we also know good and evil. With this knowledge comes consequences to our sin, which is death. Not just a physical death, but we are spiritually dead. But God didn't want that to be the end of the story. The whole reason He sent Jesus to earth was to make us right with Him once again. Jesus took our punishment for us when He died on the cross and conquered death when He rose again. Jesus shares His victory with anyone who believes in Him, His sacrifice, and His victory. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life." That is a promise to cling to and a promise full of hope! The pain in this world is not the only story, we have a hope of eternal life with our Creator.
Do you believe in the hope we have through Jesus?
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