Thursday, March 27, 2014

Banished!

Imagine you are Eve, or Adam...depending on your gender. You walk and talk with God on a daily basis. You are free to eat anything in the garden, your home, except the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Of course, it's like seeing a sign that says, "Wet Paint." We have to touch it to see if it truly is wet. We want to eat the forbidden fruit. We want what we can't have. We want to try what's not good for us, just to make sure we think it's not good for us. As if we know more than God.

We all know the story. They eat the fruit, they realize that they are naked and they no longer walk with God in the garden. In fact, God banishes them from the garden. From the only home they've ever known. Seems kind of harsh, doesn't it?

Try to imagine with me what it must have been like to be banished from your home. Maybe you actually experienced some sort of banishment. We've all experienced rejection, so we can sort of imagine what it must feel like. 

But can you imagine God pointing his finger away from that beautiful, tranquil garden and saying, "Go!"

I find that hard to picture, because I know, love and serve a loving God. So why was He so harsh?

According to a website, sharefaith.com, Eden was perfect. Adam and Eve knew no fear, no shame. But as soon as Eve was deceived and Adam disobeyed, sin entered the world. If they had been left to continue to eat from the tree in their fallen state, they would have remained in their unredeemable state. They were expelled for their own good, and the good of all mankind.

They still had access to God; He did not abandon them, but the dominion, power and authority Adam once had was transferred to God's archenemy. Adam now had to till the ground and start from scratch. (You can read the whole explanation at http://www.sharefaith.com/guide/christian-ministries/adam-and-eve/adam-and-eve-are-cast-out-of-the-garden/index.html )

But the wonderful news is that God provided a sacrificial lamb for the atonement of all sins. We are no longer considered unredeemed...Jesus' death on the cross redeemed us. We no longer have to earn our way back to the garden, back to God's grace. We can walk and talk with Him. We can't see him, like Adam and Eve did, but we can know He is there with us and will never abandon us. Never again will we be banished from paradise. We can live unashamed and without fear through Jesus. And when we die, like the thief on the cross next to Jesus, we will again be in Paradise with the Father.

Blessings Along the Path,
Mary

Song of the Day
I Am Redeemed (Big Daddy Weave)






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