Thursday, July 28, 2016

New Roles!

16 To the woman He said:
“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you.”
17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:
“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.”
20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
21 Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.
Genesis 3:16-21, NKJV

New Roles!

Little did Adam and Eve realize that one sin would bring such corruption into their lives and into God's beautiful creation, that life would never again be the same. 

To Eve God promised pain in childbearing and a permanent place under the rule of her husband. To Adam God promised burdensome toil in working the land and in providing sustenance for his family. Thorns and thistles would grow out of the ground and would provide a constant battle in his attempt to maintain healthy plants for food. Death, indeed, would come to both Adam and Eve. Out of the dust of the ground, they were created, and into the dust of the ground, they would return.  

God then killed the first animal and made tunics of skin for clothing for Adam and Eve. Was this the end? Was there no hope for Adam and Eve?

Though physical death would take Adam and Eve from this earth, the promised Redeemer provided hope for eternal life in heaven with the Lord forever. Adam and Eve did not have the Bible we have, and yet they had had a personal relationship with God. It is impossible for us to know the depth of their understanding, but beginning with Adam and Eve, God always maintained a remnant of the human population for Himself.

The roles of Adam and Eve were no longer the same as those they had maintained in the Garden of Eden, but the God they knew would never leave nor forsake them. 

When you think of it, when we come to Christ, we receive new roles as well. Before knowing the Lord, we were led by the passions that fuel much of our society today. Our goals in life were centered around money, power, and gaining earthly treasures. To that end, we would rise each day and seek to gain more and more.

However, upon coming to Christ our roles changed. No longer were they satisfied with the things of this earth that will one day disappear forever. Power means nothing, for who is more powerful than the Lord Jesus Christ? The pleasures of this earth become filled with emptiness.

In Christ, however, we find a treasure that surpasses anything we can find on this earth. In Christ, we have peace, joy, and a true purpose for living. God has given us an assignment to fulfill based upon our God-given abilities and circumstances. When we have completed all that God has ordained for us on this earth, He will take us home to live with Him forever!

No fairy tale could have a better ending, and yet, this is no fairy tale. This is the truth!

As we think of the new roles cast upon Adam and Eve, let us rejoice in the God we serve. Adam and Eve's sin, though devastating to this earth, could not circumvent God's plan of creating a people for Himself--a people who would love and serve Him forever!

What an amazing God we serve!

God Bless You,
Linda


 

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