Adam and Eve, Redemption, and You

Posted on December 2, 2019

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By David Ettinger

Too Much Apathy
adam and eveOne of the unfortunate things about the story of Adam and Eve is that it is so familiar. Familiarity regarding the Bible is often good because it helps make us more astute students of the Word. However, familiarity in this case can also cause a sense of aloofness, a feeling of apathy regarding God’s original son and daughter.

This indifference is displayed when we read the account of Adam and Eve simply as a mere story, and forget that it is the actual portrayal of the fall of two people who experienced tragic consequences.

Another thing we are apathetic about is comprehending the utopian relationship Adam and Eve shared with God before their fall. Living in a perfect environment – one void of death and decay – Adam and Eve spent their days in literal bliss. Joy was everywhere to be had, from exploring the wonders of God’s creation, to maturing and growing in each other’s love.

Beyond this was the flawless fellowship they and their Father shared. Don’t forget, there was no dividing wall of sin between them and God. They enjoyed incomparable harmony and union, their relationship unhindered by distractions, evil thoughts, or conflicting affections. For Adam and Eve, their Father was everything.

The Evil Within

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Adam and Even banished.

However, lurking within both of them was sin. Though it had not yet manifested itself, it was there. And God knew it. His command – “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 from it you will certainly die” (Genesis 2:16-17) – was designed to make them aware of their sin and to test them. It was never God’s intention to tempt them – God does not tempt His children[1] – but to give them the opportunity to express their love to Him through obedience.

However, Adam and Eve failed the test, just as you or I would have had we been in their place. And once Adam and Eve capitulated to Satan’s prompting, they unleashed their sin and brought devastation to themselves, all humanity to follow, and the earth.

What We Are Missing
sun-rayOur familiarity with the story helps cloud the devastating torment that must have afflicted Adam and Eve’s souls. It was their sad lot to experience the world’s first death (their son Abel), and there is no reason to believe they did not sorely feel the inconsolable anguish of having outlived a child. Furthermore, Cain – the murderer of his brother Abel – was banished for his crime and Adam and Eve would never see him again. In essence, they lost both of their children in one day.

Though they did have other sons and daughters by this time, the bitterness of losing their first two is difficult to imagine.

However, though bereft of their sons, they were not bereft of God. Though He punished them, He loved them. Though He allowed them to suffer crushing anguish, He loved them. Though making their lives difficult through hard toil and painful childbirth, He loved them. And when they needed it most, God displayed His love by granting them a gift of wondrous mercy and compassion.

The birth of Seth was a great consolation to their bruised and battered souls. Eve acknowledged this when she said, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him” (Genesis 4:25). Yes, God had granted Seth to Adam and Eve. He never stopped loving them for even a second and would not allow sorrow to destroy them. In Seth, God was saying, “My dear son, Adam, my precious daughter, Eve, I love you with an undying love. I always have, and always will.”

What God is Telling You
sunset-cross-2-1478642You, too, when your sin separated you from God, were every bit as guilty as Adam and Eve (Romans 3:23). Because of this, you were destined to eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:27). When God made you aware of this, you were sorrowful and needed consolation. This consolation came in the form of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, whom God the Father sent to the world to save you from your sins and give you fellowship with your Creator.

In Christ, God says to you, “My dear child, I love you with an undying love. I always have, and always will.”

I hope you are not too familiar with this truth – that you were separated from God because of sin, destined for destruction, but redeemed by Christ. After all, you know the old saying, “Familiarity breeds contempt.”

May you and I never become too familiar with the “story” of our redemption.

[1] James 1:13