âBees wouldn’t sting, bears wouldn’t bite and bad things wouldn’t happen,â says 6-year-old Amanda. Plus, “you could keep lions and tigers as pets,” adds 9-year-old Marci. wonderful. “
Amanda and Marci may have read the prophet Isaiah, who wrote about a time when the lion would lie down with a calf and eat straw like an ox.
Marci says that if we were in the Garden of Eden, âthe mosquitoes wouldn’t bite. And that’s a good thing because Jennifer, 11, says, “We’d probably be running around naked without thinking it’s wrong.”
Hillary, 6, adds that Adam and Eve “would not have had to hide from God” if they had not eaten the forbidden fruit.
We always try to hide from God. Today, fig leaves come in many forms: a better job, a bigger house, a more exotic vacation, or a different spouse. Even when we try to hide, God always finds us.
If Adam and Eve had not committed this first sin, says 11-year-old Chris, âGod would walk with us. And that means, as 9-year-old Kelly says, “We would have fun and worship God.”
Kelly, I’m so glad you used the word “fun.” Many people associate worship with having a long face and listening to boring sermons.
In contrast, King David wrote: âIn your presence is the fulness of joy; to your right are pleasures forever. David loved God so much that he danced in front of the Ark of the Covenant when it entered Jerusalem.
No wonder God called David a man after his own heart. Although David sinned, he experienced the joy of remaining in the presence of God. In Psalm 23 David wrote: âAnd I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
If our original parents had obeyed God, “there would be no homeless or people living on the streets or unhealthy people,” says 9-year-old Kyle. âAll of our needs would be met in our garden,â adds 10-year-old Chris.
In Eden, Chris might never have to do the grocery shopping. But even there God told Adam to âwatch and care forâ the garden. It involved work, but nothing compared to the effort required for most modern jobs.
God punished disobedience by cursing the ground. So God said: âIn the sweat of your face you will eat bread. Going our own way is full of mental, emotional, and physical sweat.
On the other hand, priests who served the Lord in the temple were strictly prohibited from wearing âanything that makes you sweatâ (Ezekiel 44:18). Priests working before God were not to sweat. There was a time, however, when even God had to sweat.
In another garden called Gethsemane, Jesus prayed so intensely that “his sweat became like large drops of blood falling on the ground.” He prayed: âFather, if it is your will, take this cup away from me; nevertheless not my will, but yours be done.
Even though Jesus recoiled from passing our judgment as he took our sins upon himself in his crucifixion, he obeyed God. His death and resurrection reversed the curse of death for all who depend on him alone as their only hope for eternal life.
Point to ponder: God wants to cover you with his righteousness.
Scripture to remember: “For he [God the Father] made him [God the Son] who did not know that sin was sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him â(II Corinthians 5:21).
Question to consider: What kind of spiritual clothing do you wear?