Summary: We once had it all living with God in a Paradise but one creatures fall set into motion another’s and we are caught up in making our way back to the garden. You see we can not just blame Satan for what happened in the Garden of Eden. We had a choice and
Adam and Eve
Genesis Chapters 2 and 3
Using "The Story" narrative
by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee - Zondervan Publishing 2008, 2011
The Bible tells us that it was God who made man and woman and not an act of evolution. While I admit that God is present in nature and in fact it is God who has given us nature the Bible is very specific about how we came to be.
God used His own hands to form man out of the dust of the earth. God took personal interest in our design and He physically worked to make Adam and Eve. God could have just spoken us into existence but instead he reached into the earth that He had created and took some of its substance to make man. Well I guess that we can agree with the evolutionists on that fact – that we did come up out of the ground but it was not in the manner they have suggested. But to be specific it was only Adam that was made from the dust of the earth.
Eve is another story. She was made from Adams rib and not from the dust of the ground.
God did not take woman from the dust of the ground which should remind men never to trample on women because God made women a little higher than a man in terms of where He got His building materials.
“Eve was not taken out of Adam's head to top him, neither out of his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him.”
Henry, M., Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: Complete and Unabridged in One Volume, Genesis 2:18, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1996.
Back in 1961 a hit record that was a favorite of mine made it all the way to #3 in America. It was – A Hundred Pounds of Clay by Gene McDaniel's. While his song was and is still a big hit his theology was wrong. But we will forgive Gene McDaniel's and the evolutionists for making that error. God took a rib from Adam and not a hundred pounds of clay.
Bill Cosby the American humorist put it this way;
“After creating Heaven and Earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing He said to them was: "Don't."
"Don't what?", Adam replied.
"Don't eat the forbidden fruit."
"Forbidden fruit? Really? Where is it?"
"It's over there," said God, wondering why He hadn't stopped after making the elephants.
A few minutes later God saw the kids having an apple break and He was angry.
"Didn't I tell you not to eat that fruit?" the First Parent asked.
"Uh huh," Adam replied.
"Then why did you?"
"I dunno," Adam answered.
God's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own.
Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed. But there is reassurance in this story. If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give them wisdom and they haven't taken it, don't be hard on yourself.
If God had trouble handling children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you?” - source - Bill Cosby -
It is fun to laugh at ourselves considering how we all came to be here thrust out of the Garden of Eden under armed Angelic escort.
But our story is really a sad story. We once had it all living with God in a Paradise. It was John Milton who penned Paradise Lost and put into prose that epic fall of Lucifer from Heaven and his exile to earth where Adam and Eve had been created in God’s image. One creatures fall set into motion anothers and we are caught up in making our way back to the garden. (Paradise Lost Movie 3D in 2013) http://www.paradiselost.org/2-M-wbanner-2013.html
We are the fortunate ones for our way back is made possible by God’s own sacrifice of His own son Jesus Christ. Such redemption is out of eternal reach for Satan and he is set on taking us all down with him if he has his way.
That in a nutshell is the context of our dilemma with sin. We can embrace the fall of mankind and get on the bandwagon with Satan in open revolt against our creator or we can acknowledge our own sin which is sufficient enough to expel us from Heaven and plead Christ’s forgiveness.
You see we can not just blame Satan for what happened in the Garden of Eden. We had a choice and we made the wrong one. We are faced with that same choice everyday to obey God out of love or disobey Him out of our own selfishness.