THE FALL OF MAN: Sudden was the fall of man
The beginning of man’s journey all started from the Garden of Eden with our first
parents (Adam and Eve). God instructed both to avoid (do away with) the fruit at the center of the garden, of all the fruits in the garden this particular one was singled-out by God as one not bodily and spiritually good for man’s consumption.
The warning was so strong that God told them not to go near its tree.
However, in Genesis 3:6, “the woman was deceived. How lovely and fresh looking it was! And it would make her so wise! So she ate some of the fruit and gave some to her husband and he ate it too”.
The question is, was Adam not aware of the kind of fruit he was given by his wife? Was the fruit identical to the fruits in the garden so much that it will be difficult to differentiate after being plucked? Or was it that because “my wife” has eaten of it without instant death I too must partake? (As claimed by him in Genesis 3:12 “Then the man said, the woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate”). All these questions can best be answered by Adam himself.
The desire for wisdom could clearly be seen when Eve thought eating the fruit will make her so wise (Genesis 3:6). In verse 7, “And as they ate it, suddenly they became aware of their nakedness and were embarrassed”. We should note here, that their desire for wisdom and freedom suddenly brought:
ii. Embarrassment (embarrassed unto death)
iii. Banishment from the garden of Eden
iv. Creation of wide gap and breakup in the relationship between God and man (only restored by the second Adam—Jesus Christ).
Whenever a man tries to free himself from God’s instructions and directives he end up embarrassed and shattered. It is therefore of great importance for us to abide-by and adhere to every of God’s instruction that comes to us either directly from His Word—the Scripture, through The Holy Spirit or through His servants.
This is to mould and make us into becoming better persons. Every instruction given to us by God is for our own good. We are however left with the choice to either obey or disobey such instructions as God will never influence our decision.
Imagine what would’ve happened if Noah rejected God’s instruction in making the Ark? Picture it too, who would’ve heard about Abraham if he (Abram) had overruled God’s instruction in him leaving his country? We can go on and on…“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”-2nd Timothy 3:16-17.
Prayer: Saviour, please fail not to call me has Thou didst Adam in Eden saying
“where are you oh sinner” that I may be saved from ruin. Amen!
Oluwaseyi Felix Mounteaagle
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