STORIES FROM THE BIBLE: 11/19/2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY: 11/20/2011
THE RESULTS OF DISOBEDIENCE
Afterwards, the Bible tells us God planted a beautiful garden and He placed the man He had made in this lovely garden and told him to take care of it and keep it looking nice.
And God made beautiful trees grow right up out of the ground, trees that were filled with good food to eat.
In the middle of this beautiful garden, God planted two very special trees. One He called the tree of life and the other He called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
God told Adam He could eat the fruit on every tree in this garden, EXCEPT for the fruit on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. "If you eat of this tree," God said, "you will surely DIE!"
Now THAT sounded like a very important command to obey, didn't it? Do you think this Adam listened? Well, let's find out. The Bible tells us that God brought every animal and every bird to Adam to see what he would call them, and Adam named each bird and each animal.
God saw that the man was all alone and needed someone to help him. So God made Adam fall into a very deep sleep, and, while he was sleeping, God took one of the ribs from his side, closed up his side, and used Adam's rib to make the very first WOMAN.
Adam named this very first woman EVE and she became the mother of all living things.
One day, while Eve was walking in the garden, a snake spoke to the woman and said, "Has God said you cannot eat the fruit of every tree in the garden?" Eve answered the snake and said, "We may eat the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God has said, we are not to eat of the tree in the middle of the garden. We are not even allowed to even TOUCH it, or we will DIE."
"You will not die!" the snake said. "God knows that the day you eat the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden, you will become wise as gods, knowing good and evil."
Then Eve looked at the tree and saw that the fruit on the tree was beautiful and good for food. She knew that if she would eat this fruit, it would make her WISE. So she picked the fruit off the tree, took a taste and handed it to her husband to eat. When Adam ate the fruit, too, they both saw for the first time that they were naked. They ran and picked fig leaves from a tree and used the leaves to make something to cover themselves and hide their nakedness.
Suddenly, they heard the voice of God walking in the garden, and Adam and Eve were frightened. So they hid themselves from the Presence of God, by crouching down among the trees in the garden. And God called to Adam saying, "Adam, where are you?"
Adam KNEW he was discovered so he answered, "I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked. So I hid myself." God KNEW what they had done, but still He asked, "Who TOLD you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree that I commanded you not to touch?" And Adam answered, "The woman that you gave to be with me, gave me the fruit to taste, and I ate it." And God asked the woman, "What have you done?"
Eve answered, "The snake tricked me and I ate the fruit."
God turned to the snake and said, "Because you have done this, you will crawl on your belly and eat the dust of the ground all the days of your life." Then he turned to the woman and said, "You will have much sorrow and pain when you have children and your husband will rule over you." And to Adam, God said, "Because you listened to the voice of your wife and ate of the tree which I forbid you to eat from, the ground will grow thorns and thistles to stick you, and you will eat of it in sorrow all the days of your life. You were taken from the dust of the ground, and you shall return to the dust of the ground."
Then God took animal skins and made special coats to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve. And He drove them out of the garden so they would not eat of the tree of life also.
And God placed angels with flaming swords at the tree of life to keep Adam and Eve from returning.
Gen 1:20-31 and Gen 2 and 3.
CONSIDER THIS: God made man from the world but placed him in a special garden to live. But when they DISOBEYED, they were cast out of the Garden and back into the world. God made you special, just the way you are, and He has a very special plan for your life, but God expects OBEDIENCE from each one of us.
A VERSE TO LEARN
"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul" (Genesis 2:7).
Dear God, when we become too proud, help us to
remember that we am only made of dust. Teach us to
OBEY Your voice and help us to do what is right.
In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.