Story of the Fall
Old Testament – Talk Thru the Bible
2 Timothy 2:2 – Hear, Entrust, Teach, Multiply!
Think back to the last time you saw a newborn baby. Maybe you are a parent or a grandparent. Do you remember the awe and wonder of that moment? Perhaps you thought, “he/she is perfect.
When a new baby is born into a family, there is a “honeymoon” period of watching, touching, and cuddling. For a while, the energy of new life infuses parents and grandparents alike.
Then a new reality dawns in the middle of the night after only two hours of sleep. That beautiful baby has a mind of its own! If things don’t happen on the baby’s schedule, according to their desires, Mom and Dad are quickly informed. Suddenly, that perfect child isn’t so perfect anymore. That is when a new parent’s world is turned upside down. “My precious baby is seven pounds of sin, ready to break out at any minute!”
In the story of Creation, everything was perfect in the Garden of Eden for a while. The Bible doesn’t tell us how long Adam and Eve’s idyllic experience lasted. Their Creator knew it wouldn’t go on forever.
Danger to the innocent ones lurked in the garden. Satan slithered among the trees, promising the newly created, “you can be like God. He’s holding out on you. He’s lying to you. Eat the fruit. You will see, and you will know the truth.”
Read Genesis 3 now.
There was only one rule for the man and the woman. “Don’t eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. When you do, you will die.” Up to this point in history, nothing had died. The first couple didn’t know what death was. Shame? Fear? They did not know those either.
Immediately upon taking destiny into their own hands, everything changed. Adam and Eve knew it, and they were afraid. They hid from the best parent anyone has ever had. Their relationship with Him was broken.
Two realms, physical and spiritual, intersect the world we inhabit. Unfortunately, most moderns cannot think in spiritual terms, much less see the spiritual war waged around them.
Satan went to war with God in heaven. Read Ezekiel 28:11-19. His rebellion against God’s authority and the subsequent angelic coup resulted in his exile from heaven. Having lost the first battle, Satan took up the war with God on earth in the Garden of Eden. His strategy was to cause the man and the woman to doubt God, to call Him a liar.
We don’t know how long Adam and Eve lived in the perfect garden, an earthly expression of God’s heavenly home. It could have been days, weeks, months, or even years! However long it might have been, the first humans experienced a world none of us today can imagine. And yet, they threw it all away in a single moment. Now, every single human being does the same thing.
God is a missionary. Into the dark and chaotic world pictured in Genesis 1:2, God spoke. “Let there be light.” Darkness cannot compete with light. It loses every time.
Following the Fall, God went looking for that which was lost. Adam & Eve. Hiding from Him behind fig leaves and trees, God went looking for them to provide an escape from the evil world they initiated through their rebellion against Him. Upon finding them, the Lord did two things that forever set the course of human history.
Learning to tell the story of Creation identifies a longing in every man, woman, and child.
“I want to experience a perfect world where disease, destruction, and death don’t exist.”
The Fall account demonstrates that God is ready to cover His children’s nakedness and restore them to a relationship with Him.
Are you ready for that?
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