Take a glance at the first two chapters of Genesis and you marvel at the harmony that seems to radiate from God’s good creation. Now take a look at the world today and you can’t help but ask yourself: “What happened?”
Animals prey on one another. Tornadoes and Earthquakes can quadruple the death rate on any given day, in just a matter of minutes. There are wars and protests, and hatred and strife. What happened? Where is Eden? If we left it, can we go home again?
We know the story of Genesis 3 well. The serpent, the fruit and the fallen pair are a familiar story we learned in Sunday school. But did we piece together that it was that act of obedience that caused creation to be what it is today? Part of God’s judgment on Adam was “cursed be the ground.” Paul writes in the New Testament: “…the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it,…”
Then there is the legacy of unrighteousness we have passed on (Romans 5:12). We have all, like Adam and Eve, painted a bleak picture of God, looked longingly at the Forbidden, partook of it and then shared the fruit of our disobedience with one another.
A number of years ago, a sad story caught the headlines. A High School Girl was found dead in Hawaii. Her body was found intoxicated and naked in the room of two tourist that she didn’t even know. What was telling was the reaction of one girl that attended school with her: “She didn’t do anything different from the rest of us. I mean, she didn’t do anything wrong. She didn’t do anything that she isn’t suppose to do as a teenager.” It was as though her friend’s sin was okay because it had become socially acceptable among other teenagers.
As a society have bought the lies of Satan. And that is what happened to Eden! Sin drove us from our true home. Trying to create our own set of rules we found ourselves morally bankrupt.
Now how did God react to the fallen state of this pair? How did He deal with our unrighteousness? Right from the beginning God works to undo what they have done. He sets in motion a plan of redemption.
In the judgment to the serpent, God says: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.” (3:15) Man has been so bitten by the serpent that sin’s venom courses through our veins. Sin was passed down to all of Adam’s children. Mankind has been limping from a bruised heel since the day they left Eden.
But the Good News is that Jesus has come. The true Seed of the Woman, Jesus (Galatians 3:16) has come to crush Satan’s head. He has come to clothe us and to give us His righteousness.
I began this blog asking you to examine Genesis 1 and 2. Now take a peek at Revelation 22… the Bible’s final chapter. You will discover once again a garden and something more: the tree of life. Eden has been reborn!
And through Jesus: You can go home again!