When one thinks of the price of sin, it is really staggering. In an instant, the world changed from being a paradise where all were living in harmony, to a place of discord–where death became real and chaos began to take its toll. Animals had to begin to fear men. Gardening became hard work, not passionate caretaking. People lost trust with God, and he with people–and a lovely friendship came to a dramatic and heart wrenching end.
Men hurt themselves, no doubt–the serpent had definitely scored and scored big. God was devastated, men were separated and the world was turned on its head. The only great news was, as the creator, God continued to have the last word. All parents know the pain of seeing their kids choose poorly–But, we all also know that, like God, we never give up and we never give in–even in the most dire moments.
The story of the fall is a story of dramatic loss–but, it is also the story of the power and love of an all powerful, all knowing and timeless God. The serpent scored big, no doubt, but God wins in the end! In our own journey, we can never overlook the unalterable and ultimate victory we receive–as God takes the world in the end. We also cannot forget that he knew of man’s choice, its cost and the price that would be paid. Despite that, he loved us enough to allow us the choice and remained faithful, to this day, to provide a response for that choice. In the midst of the chaos–God will still show his love and return the order that will ultimately bring peace and joy back to his chosen.
God Bless You
And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
16 To the woman he said,
“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.”
17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.