The perfect life. Heaven on Earth. Being in the physical presence of the God of the universe. This is what life looked like for Adam and Eve before the fall.
With one bite, the world changed. They chose to believe that God was keeping His goodness away from them. That they had to watch out for themselves. That God is not good.
Just as we experience now, Adam and Eve immediately felt shame after sinning against God. They realized that they were naked, physically and spiritually tried to cover themselves from the One who created them. Who knew every detail of them.
Although on the surface, it may seem like overkill that God kicked them out of the Garden, the only home they ever knew. However, all sin is the same – it cannot be near a perfect God. You see, Satan wasn’t lying. Eating of the fruit would open their eyes. For the first time, they experienced ‘evil’.
Genesis 3 : 22-24
Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.
What was it like for Adam and Eve to leave the Garden? Did they grieve because of their sin? Did they cry out in pain after realizing they could never have such a close relationship with God their Father?
When reading through these weighty, yet short, chapters of Genesis, I picture Adam and Eve going through the stages of grief - denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance (sorry I can’t help but put my social work hat on).
- Denial - denying the magnitude of their punishment and the reality that they will never have the same relationship with God due to their sin.
- Anger - Adam angry with Eve for taking the first bite, Eve angry at Satan for tempting her, both of them angry at God for punishing them.
- Bargaining - they probably tried to bargain with God and the angel guarding the gate to allow them back into the garden.
- Depression - deep sadness for sinning and losing their place in the Garden of Eden.
- Acceptance - accepting God’s punishment and working towards building a new life with separation between themselves and their holy God.
Did they hold onto God’s promise of an offspring that would bruise satan’s head (Genesis 3:15)?
The painful life. Struggle on Earth. Being physically distant of the God of the universe. This is what life looked like for Adam and Eve after the fall.
But God promised. One day, a Rescuer would come.