DayBreaks for 12/07/12 – Musings on Adam and Eve
Romans 5:18-19 (NLT)- Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. 19 Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.
As I was driving yesterday, I pondered the early days of Adam and Eve. I wondered what a delight it must have been like to live in a perfect world – a world where there wasn’t any death. A world before the Fall. It must have been spectacularly glorious.
But then, the rebellion. I wonder what was the first sign to them that the entire cosmos had suffered as a result of their rebellion? I wonder what first caught their attention? Was it a cat pouncing on a mouse and biting it until it died? Was it a bird falling dead out of a tree? Did an ill wind literally start to blow that took their breath in a gasp as they realized that something dreadful had happened?
And how did they then feel? What would it have been like to have been Adam and Eve and know because of what YOU did, the entire cosmos entered into disarray and things started dying and animals (and people) started killing one another? What would it be like to realize that you were the cause of all that?
I feel badly enough when I fall into sin. But I’ve never experienced a perfect world. As a result, I suppose that I don’t feel the weight of my sin as heavily as Adam and Eve felt theirs. Perhaps I should feel it just as heavily as they did, but my guess is that we don’t begin to approximate the understanding or comprehension of the effect of our sin.
I’m glad I wasn’t Adam. I wish I wasn’t a sinner. How grateful I am for the second Adam who will one day restore that perfect world and we will all know what it was like for Adam and Eve in the beginning before sin ruined everything. I long to see and experience that world. I’m willing to bet you do, too!
PRAYER: Lord, we long to see what the perfected heavens and earth will be like, to see Your creation in its perfected splendor. For what we have done to deface Your creation in our day and age, we repent in dust and ashes! In Your name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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