Genesis 1:24-31 Isn’t it good to know that paradise lost will one day be paradise regained? Is it not good to know that one day the lion and the lamb will lie down together? No woman was a afraid of any spider, and unfortunately, neither was she afraid of a snake. That is, until man disobeyed God, sin entered the world, God cursed the serpent, man, woman and the ground, and man ceded his authority to the Devil.
But by then, God had already made man and woman in His own image and likeness (Genesis1:27). When Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, their eyes were opened, and the first thing they realized was that they were naked. It then became imperative for God to block man from eating from the tree of life, in order to prevent man from living forever in His sinful, fallen state. IS IT NOT MIND-BOGGLING THAT EVEN IN APPLYING THE DEATH SENTENCE, GOD WAS SHOWING HIS LOVE FOR MAN? The animals paid a high price for something for which they were not responsible. God Himself performed the first animal sacrifice, in order to prepare coats of skin for the man and woman He loved so much.
God ordained physical premature death in order to protect man. But it was man who orchestrated spiritual death when He decided to disobey God. For centuries, the physical death and shedding of blood of millions of sin-polluted animals proved useless in atoning for the sin of man that caused his spiritual death. It took the physical death and shedding of the sinless blood of the Lamb of God, to atone for man’ sin and purchase for us, spiritual life and reconciliation to God through the process of being born again.
Through it all, we see the goodness of the God who looked at His creation and said “it is good”. His love for us from eternity to eternity permeates all of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. The Devil and the earth and all that are in it shall ultimately be judged for Adam’s sin, but God has made a way for His chosen Ones to be redeemed. “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness…” (2 Peter 3: 11-14)
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