“She took some and ate it.
She also gave some to her husband,
who was with her, and he ate it.”
God had been quite clear. Amongst the freedom, the abundance and the mandate that He had given the man and the woman there was just one negative,
“And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”(Genesis 2:16-17)
It was very clear that they remembered this command,
“God did say, `You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'” (Genesis 3:3)
Given the gift of choice they elected to use it in disobedience. They allowed themselves to dwell on the attractiveness of the fruit and the persuasive words of the tempter – and then they just did it. In this they rejected the command of God, the authority of God, the truth of God and the love of God. Sin does that – even today.
No matter the appeal and attraction of some wise words, practical philosophies and thoughtful theologies God’s words are the only ones to be trusted. To disobey is to sin and the result is still the same as the consequence of which He warned Adam and Eve,
“For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23)
Note that it is not a question of the severity or superficiality of the sin as we see it (It was only a piece of fruit!). The sin was in rejecting and disobeying God. We need to remember that as we assess our own sins!
There is only one solution, one Saviour and one Salvation – it is Jesus Christ, God the Son. It is why He came – to take our sin and our death upon Himself – to give us His life and His relationship with the Father instead.
Have a look at your own life – where do you get your choices wrong?
Thank You Lord Jesus for taking my sins upon Yourself with the punishment they deserved. Please help me to stay close to You in thought, word and deed – and protect me when I weaken. Amen.