The life of Adam and Eve was perfect in the Garden. They ate of the fruit. They communed with God. The climate was ideal. They had no need of shelter or clothing. In fact, they were constructed to be eternal beings.
There were two thorns in the Garden, though. One was the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The other was the fallen angel, Lucifer. As in my recent blog, Insights in Genesis: Creation and Adam, I give a digested version of Creation, it must be noted that the earth was formed for man. It was always the intention of YHWH, the Almighty Creator, the Great I Am, to develop earth to sustain humanity. Notice the care He took, one day at a time, preparing it for man.
Did you ever sit down at a table for a meal with expectation, eager to bite into rich, whole food, so tasty and full of goodness? Wasn’t your palette so delighted! Didn’t a sweet smile form on your lips?
The Garden was so full of nutrients and vitality. The trees abound with healthy fruits, nuts and seeds and the ground was blanketed with herbs and vegetables! Remarkably, God had crafted the Garden to sustain Adam and Eve forever, that is how perfect Eden was made and how rich the soil.
God not only designed Eden wonderfully, for the Bible tells us that after each day God was pleased with his craftsmanship and thought it good, but also after He made man and woman, He calls His newest creation, humanity, very good.
God’s Crowning Achievement
The skillful and intricate composition of mankind was God’s crowning achievement. All heaven sat back in wonder at his handiwork. Then, upon the unveiling of Adam, all heaven gasped in wonder! What had God gone and done?
He had made something in His own image!
From the dust of the earth, God crafted a soul held in a shell, and He breathed life into it. This is too marvelous for us to comprehend. It is a mystery for now. But man was made for the glory of the Almighty Creator, for His splendor.
Eve is Formed
Knowing Adam would need a soul mate, He made Eve. And He thought it all very good. He took Eve from Adam’s side and gave her a different insight to Adam, to help him. This help is not like the “help” or “service” a servant renders to his master. The Hebrew word is “ezer” and this same word is used to describe God’s “help” for man, too. And we know God is our master, not our servant, so “ezer” does not mean to “serve” in this way. It is not used to generate status.
Eve was Adam’s equal. Together, they were complete. They complemented one another. And they walked with God in Eden.
Tragically, with the prompting of Lucifer, who had become Satan the serpent, they disobeyed the voice of the Lord. They ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Many people get confused and disgruntled at this part in history, thinking God cruel or full of trickery. Why was there a tree liked this to begin with? It was designed to fail.
Conscience and Free Will
It has to do with choice, free will. No possibility to disobey means no freewill! How else could mankind prove his allegiance? YHWH was in no way surprised by the fall in the garden, either. One thing I want to point out, and I will end this blog here, is that Satan never came along the lines in his deception that there was no God. Adam and Eve had walked with God; they knew He existed and that He alone was responsible for creation.
Satan’s lie was that they could be God!
These are the same lies we struggle to overcome today.
Watch this space as I continue to blog about my insights in Genesis…
Written by Jori Sams
Jori Sams is a Christian author and freelance writer with nearly 2000 published pieces on the Internet, with over 1500 being published by Yahoo. Her books are published through Writeious Books. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her following the sun…