© 2012 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
Can you imagine life in the Garden of Eden? It was a paradise like no other on earth. Everything was new and “very good.” The food was fantastic. The work was manageable. The only two people there were made for each other. The LORD God walked in the garden with them.
Enter the serpent and sin. That old serpent is the devil, Satan (Revelation 20:2). What is sin? Sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4). God had given Adam and Eve a number of positive responsibilities but only one prohibition: “But from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die” (Genesis 2:17).
How did Adam and Eve succumb? Eve blamed it on the tempting serpent. Adam blamed it on Eve and ultimately on God — “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.” But the process that unfolded left each of them totally responsible for their own choices.
We would like to blame Adam and Eve for our own sinful mess. But we can’t. While we didn’t live in a paradise, we began life and spent several magical years in childhood innocence. We couldn’t appreciate it. Now we know that the same process that unfolded in Adam and Eve’s lives unfolded in ours (James 1:13-15). And like them, we can’t go back.
We can’t go back, but we can go forward. With Jesus’ work as the fulfillment of the promise God made way back in Genesis 3:15, we can leave the past behind and look ahead. What waits at the end of that journey? The eternal presence of God and the ever-bearing, healing tree of life (Revelation 21:3, 22:2).
May we help you move forward?