PONDERING ABOUT THE GARDEN

Posted: May 1, 2012 in Biblical insight
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Pondering about the Garden of Eden gave me an almost unimaginable thought. When God placed Adam in the Garden he gave him one simple command. He said to him, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 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.” The next natural thought is why is this particular tree forbidden? What is it about this tree that God doesn’t want us to have?

The tree of the knowledge of good and evil is essentially what brought this whole deceptive idea of man being “as God” into the picture. The tempter said to Eve “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” In other words when you eat of this you will be your own god. You will be enabled to act independently from God himself. It turns out this is the very root of humanities problem. The root cause of the long list of sins starts here. It springs from the deception that we, as god, can do good and avoid evil in our power. We can “just say no” as it were.

While thinking about the whole debacle in the Garden of Eden it occurred to me the freedom God intended for us all along. He gave us all things to freely enjoy. Isn’t it something? He gave Adam a garden full of every kind of enjoyment he could ever want or desire and yet he disobeyed the one command he was given. From there the plan of saving humanity and restoring our freedom began. We discover later that he did in fact restore our freedom in his one and only Son Jesus Christ. “It is for freedom that Christ set us free!”

There is probably plenty more that could be said about this but I will conclude with this for now. What all this truly boils down to is God is saying to us “If you would just acknowledge me as the one true God and stop trying to be me you will find an unbelievable amount of freedom.” The lie that we are god and can rule our own lives so permeates us we have a difficult time just seeing the simple plan God has for his creation. He never intended for us to need hundreds of laws to regulate our lives. He simply wants us to let him be God and let him dwell in and live through us humans created in his image. If we could simply trust that he knows what he is doing and needs no guidance from us, we could live in the freedom of childlike faith. I remember when I was a child. I never thought or worried about if I would have clothes, food or a roof over my head. I’m not saying there aren’t those that do; what I am saying is as a child the parent is there to provide all of these things therefore the child doesn’t even take thought about it. Sounds like what Jesus said in Matthew 6. He said, “Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on.” Instead of trying to maintain your life; what do you say we simply let God be God and trust he will do what he says he will do?

Written by Louie

Comments
  1. Brian says:

    Life took off for me when I accepted that I am not God. It was a deep and well needed relief. I hadn’t done a good job at it, and to really accept, not just in theory, that I am not God, changed my true understanding of the human’s job description: to accept being created and to accept containing the one who is God. After all, it’s not so bad being a son. B

    • Thanks B. Making a statement such as “I am not God” seems silly on the front end but when you think about how we live our lives it appears we truly do think we are God doesn’t it? The lie is deeply ingrained and takes a real revelation to see the truth.
      Thanks again B.,
      Louie

  2. Dave Elliott says:

    If it had not been impossible to eat from the tree, where would freedom of choice have come from? Man was born into sin from this original sin. and isn’t that what sin is? an incorrect choice? To he that knows what to do and does not, to him it is sin.

    • You mean “if it wasn’t possible to eat from the tree” correct? God obviously didn’t make us robots but I think ultimately he let Adam disobey because He knows we have to disobey in order to get a full taste of the consequences. If we didn’t get a “belly full” of repercussions we most likely wouldn’t choose to go his way in the end. Psalm 139:5 says, “God hems us in before and behind and lays his hand on us.” He knows how to get us where we need to be in order to present us with the solution which is his Son Jesus Christ.
      Louie

  3. Dave Elliott says:

    I think I just realized,where,”moral free agents ” originated

    • Oh yeah? Obviously we have to have some level of choice or we couldn’t reciprocate God’s love.
      Who wants someone to “love” them when they haven’t a choice? The real plan all along was for us to receive the love and truth of God and simply release it back to him in thanksgiving. That’s simple enough isn’t it?
      Thanks for the input Dave,
      Louie

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