War in the Garden

May 20, 2017

The sun is shining while hummingbirds feed on nectar and beautiful flowers nestle in a rainbow of color…These are some of the beautiful elements in a lovely Garden. But what happens when a place so full of life and beauty is vanquished because of warfare. The Garden of Eden is a place Adam and Eve called home and everything they needed was in the Garden. God was their keeper and He provided for humanity but there was a glitch that made themselves available to evil:

“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” Genesis 1:3

Today, we still hear the questions and arguments from naysayersꟷ those who doubt God’s law and His requirements for obedience. Indeed Eve argued back, stating, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die’” (Genesis 3:2-3). Then the snake responded with a lie and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and gave it to Adam to eat and the rest is history…Well somewhat.

We should understand, God doesn’t tempt, nor does He plan evilꟷ anticipating one to sin. He wants everyone to do what is right and just in His eyes. Therefore, after the fall of man, God took it upon Himself to save humanity from eternal damnation. This is where we see His plan of salvation through His Son Jesus. The thing most wonderful to know is how much Jesus, being the Son of God, loved to pray in a Garden called Gethsemane.

“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.”  And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.  Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”

He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”  Matthew 26:36-39

When we look at the price Jesus paid for our salvation it should cause you to appreciate the gift of eternal life. Those who live their lives so foolishly and carelessly never took the time to stop and think about what happens when they die. Living a life with Christ involved is priceless. And what Adam and Eve were prohibited from eating in the Garden of Eden can be yours in God’s Kingdom.

“Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.  But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.” Revelation 22:14-15

I don’t know about you but I’m one of those who wants’ to be with the King of Kings forever and ever! Praise God.

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