Scripture: Genesis 2:16-17; 3:1-10, 23; Isaiah 53:6
“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 from it you will certainly die.”” (Genesis 2:16–17, NIV)
“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but 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.’ ” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”” (Genesis 3:1–10, NIV)
“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6, NIV)
Adam and Eve were not equal with God. They were created beings and God gave them an incredible opportunity to care for each other and all of creation. God gave them the freedom to make decisions and have purpose in creation. He made one rule, “Don’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Being tempted by Satan one day, pride krept in and they saw an opportunity to be like God. They saw an opportunity that they thought would lead to greater freedom. In their pride they ate the fruit and chose to live independent from God.
The words to best describe what happened, “I was afraid…so I hid.” Gone was freedom, gone was security, gone was harmony, gone was unity, gone was safety. Things were not as God had intended them to be. Relationships were broken? Humanity had made a choice to sin and be independent from their creator. On their own they could no longer bridge the gap between themselves and God. So God began a work in history to close that gap.
How has my pride taken me down a path of independence from God?
How might God be inviting me back into a relationship with him?