Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden
Genesis tells us that Adam and Eve were made in God’s image and were given complete dominion over the earth and animals.
According to the Jewish, Islamic, and Christian scripture, they were the first humans, and all humans descended from them. They were the first gardeners, parents, and people to do something wrong.
God set them in a fantastic garden and told them to be fruitful and multiply. They lived in paradise on earth until the enemy came into the garden one day.
He snuck up to Eve and whispered that the fruit on the Tree of Knowledge tasted delicious.
No, said Eve, God has told us not to eat from that tree. Oh, said the snake; then he whispered, he knows that you will be as wise as him if you eat from it. This was the only rule that God gave Adam and Eve to live their lives by, but Eve was persuaded not to obey it by crafty and tricky words.
She, in turn, persuaded Adam to partake of the fruit of the tree, and suddenly they were fallen. They had disobeyed God and driven a wedge between him and them. The garden of Eden was lost to them.
From the beginning of time to today, the enemy has striven to drive a wedge between God and humanity because he wants dominion over the world for himself.
But God so loved the world he sent his only son to make amends for the sin which came into the world when Adam and Eve partook of the fruit.
for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:22 (NRSV)
Jesus came to give us back the power and authority that the enemy seeks to steal. He came so that we may live life more abundantly, as Adam and Eve had before the fall.
Are you living a life of abundance? Do you control your life, and who is in it? Or do you focus on what you do not have?
Don’t focus on what you don’t have and miss out on the blessings that God has given you and still has in store for you and the hope we all have in Jesus.
My prayer is for you to live a life of abundance by walking closely with Jesus and having dominion over your world all the days of your life. Amen.
Jesus said; The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
John 10:10 (NRSV)