I like others have often said, Eve why’d you have to go eat the fruit! Then I have also let her and Adam off the hook saying, well, honestly, if it was me I’d have probably done the same. I know myself and I know human nature. What I have discovered recently is that the story of Adam and Eve is not a story of tragic death, it is a story of life!
We all know the story, God creates a man and named him Adam. God saw Adam wasn’t just quiet right all by his lonesome self and created Eve, a woman created to be Adam’s helpmeet. She was to help him tend the garden, care for the animals, and start to produce more humans to add to the earth. Then the sly guy Satan came along and started whispering some thought provoking questions and Eve listened to the lies than acted on the lies. She invited her hubby along and he joined in on the fruit tasting. Bam! The fall of all man kind…or was it?
God being the creator could have wiped us clean and started over. He could have given up on the idea of the human race all together. Instead, he did what any parent who loves their children does, he gave them consequences, but allowed the relationship to continue. The relationship was broken and distorted, it would definitely be harder to weed through the crap life sent our way and the lies we hear from Satan, ourselves, and others, but, the relationship was able to be restored and even today the relationship is able to be restored. This, this is the beauty of the fall of Adam and Eve. Can you image being Adam and being responsible for the fall of EVERY. SINGLE. HUMAN BEING! You think you have self esteem issues, try being the one who blew it for your great, great, great billion times over grandchildren. But, Adam didn’t blow it, Even didn’t blow it, you and I didn’t blow it, because God always had a plan to bring us to himself. He always had a plan to make it possible to come back to him! Can you imagine being Adam and blowing it for all man kind, he knows it and he knows God knows it, BUT, God through giving Adam and Eve consequences allows Adam to come back to himself. He still loves Adam and Eve, he still loves his creation, still wants and desires them! That to me makes the story of the fall beautiful, not awful, not the pit of despair, but beautiful!
Anyone who has messed up bad, hurt those around them, but has been given unconditional forgiveness and love and embraced by the very people they have hurt. That is so much sweeter than if the relationship had never been severed. In many ways the relationship becomes even more deep because it has been realized to the extend that the people or peoples would go for the love of the person. That is the story of God with us, with Adam and Eve. If God did not allow a plan to let us his creation walk away and if our relationship with him would not have been one of willingness that would not have been love. That would have made us puppets and God didn’t create puppets, he wanted us to love him because we desired to love him, because we wanted a relationship with him. Love is holding those you love loosely and risk them walking away. God gives me this same freedom in my relationship with him. I do not have to stay, but I have discovered what walking away from him looks like. In walking away from him I have only ever found a loneliness that could not be filled and a saddness that no amount of laughter could cure. Abiding closely to Abba, to the Creator, has been the only place loneliness has fled, sadness turned into lasting joy, and earthly chaos turned into peace.
So, let us not blame God, Adam or Eve, but let’s rejoice that through the “fall” God was able to show us a much deeper and more amazing love! For when we have messed up, fallen on our faces, been picked up, dusted off, and loved, that is when we experience true lasting peace and joy. We can rest reassured knowing that we can cause all of mankind to bite the dust and God still loves us, cherishes us, and he would do it all over again…now that is amazing love!