4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. . . .
the LORD God made the earth and the heavens- . . . the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. 8 Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. . . .15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” – Genesis 2:4-17
In the very beginning, God created LIFE. Just following life, God created CHOICE. When he placed man on earth, he gave man the opportunity to name all of the animals, and gave him Free Will. God told Adam about the trees in the Garden of Eden, but allowed man to make a choice over whether to eat from them or not. The command God gave was to NOT eat “from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”
God still gives us choices EVERY DAY! It is those choices that determine our destiny. Some choose to follow their own way. They struggle with life, don’t understand why they are under stress and why “bad” things happen to them. Others choose God. They are under stress too, but devout Christians understand that “bad” things happen to help strengthen their faith and help them help others through their hard times.
As I continue reading up in preparation for VBS this week, I find that the truth behind this passage is not so much about God’s “creation,” but about the invention of CHOICE that God gave us. We need to remember, however, that these choices were not given without guidance. God gave us the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20, so that we might have some direction in life. He gave us CHOICE to see how we would react. We all know that our actions determine consequences. And many times we say “I’m prepared to accept the consequences.” Yet, HOW can we be prepared to accept the consequences when we truly don’t understand how drastic the consequences are?
If we choose sin, the Bible is very clear on the consequences
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death.
Is that sin that YOU want, really worth dying for? Not in a literal sense, but in a truly physical sense?