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  The Great Bible Story #4
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The test and the fall

Jacob Ninan
When God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden they were 'innocent'. They had done no evil nor seen any evil. They were naked but felt no embarrassment. They had an open fellowship with God and spent much time with Him. At that time God gave them just one test to see what they would choose. They could eat from any tree in the garden, including a special tree called 'the tree of life', but they were forbidden from eating from 'the tree of knowledge of good and evil'. He warned them that if they ate from that tree they would die the same day. Satan saw this as a great opportunity to get back at God, and so he approached Eve in the form of a snake and started talking to her. He said, "Has God forbidden you to eat from the trees in the garden?" "No, only from one tree which is in the middle of the garden," she replied, "God told us that if we ate that we would die." "O no!" Satan said, "Surely you won't die! God knows if you eat that you would become like Him, knowing good and evil." So Eve fell for the talk, thinking that the fruit looked delicious and attractive, and that she could become godly by eating it. She not only took it and ate it, but she also gave one to Adam.

Just as God said, they died on the spot, not physically but in their spirit they became disconnected from God. They became afraid of Him and ashamed and guilty themselves. They became aware they were naked, and tried to cover themselves with fig leaves. What they didn't realise at that time was that by choosing to neglect what God had told them, disobey Him, and yield to Satan, Satan had now become their spiritual father. All their children would now be born as 'children of the devil' with a sinful nature.

God knew what had happened. He called out to Adam who was now trying to hide from God. How different history would have been if at this time Adam and Eve had owned up their sin and repented before God! But Adam blamed Eve for giving him the fruit, and Eve passed on the blame to the snake! God told them that now they would both find life on earth greatly difficult and also have problems with each other. Their bodies also began to experience degeneration till one day they would die.

But even at this point God did not destroy them. He gave them clothes to cover their shame. He also revealed to them that one day a Man born to a woman would triumph over Satan. When God gave man freedom of will He knew man could go wrong, and He had already planned the remedy.


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