Summary: The story begins in Eden and ends in Eden. The story of humanity. What chapter are you writiting.
Once Upon a time:
Before time was way beyond human imagination heavenly beings lived in the presence of the Great God Almighty Jehovah. They would enjoy the company of each other. Laughter was the order of the day. Joy filled the atmosphere and every angel sang sweet songs of praise to God.
But then one day in the Heart of a the most beautiful archangel jealousy grew and flourished, and burst forth into resentment and hatred. The heavenly atmosphere was corroded and violence filled the air. Lucifer and his cohorts were thrown out of heaven. And there is where our story begins.
Once upon a time in the land of Eden lived a happily married couple. Their love was pure and clean. They used to talk with the angels and have fun with they maker, JEHOVAH. He used to tell them many stories about creation and about the way things worked. They were always fascinated by his stories. God told them about the fruits they could eat and those they should not eat. Let us go to the Bible to find out which fruit they could eat and of which fruit they could not eat. Gen. 2 : 16, 17;
16 ¶And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
One day an evil angel came into the garden. He was jealous of the friendship Adam and Eve, for that was the couple’s name, had with their creator, God. SO he sought to have them distrust God and destroy the relationship with their good friend.
It so happened as Eve was strolling by the ‘Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil’ she heard a sound and when she looked she realized it was a beautiful serpent. Little did she know that the evil angel had taken possession of the beautiful serpent and was using it to speak to her. Let’s go to our bibles to read about the conversation; Gen. 3:1-5
¶Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. Genesis 3:1 - 5 (KJV)
And so it was, the Bible tells us that Eve ate of the fruit. It tasted so good that she brought some for her husband and he ate it too.
Suddenly they began to feel different inside. They began to look at each other and became ashamed of each other’s nakedness. So they took fig leaves to hide themselves. Would you believe when their friend, came to converse with them in the Garden that they hid themselves from him. Nevertheless, eventually Adam and Eve did show themselves to God and they were asked to explain what had happened.
God clothed them with the skin from a lamb and put them out of the Garden because they could no longer be trusted to remain there, lest they eat of the Tree of Life. Never in their life time were they to return to the garden.
The story could have ended there but it didn’t.
Before chasing them out of the garden God told them that they would have a child which would redeem them. And this gave them hope.
Their first son was called Cain, and the second Abel. And they hoped that one of them would be the promised redeemer but tragedy struck. Let us turn to Gen. 4:1-8
¶And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. ¶And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. ¶And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. ¶And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. Genesis 4:1 -8 (KJV)