A World Ruined Over a Piece of Fruit!
Have you ever looked deeply into the original sin by Adam and Eve? And I mean REALLY deep. We tend to just briefly skim the surface of events like this without really taking in what God is telling us. And yet this event of the original sin reveals amazing things about the character of God and the law of God.
If you look around you today, you will see a world in chaos. A world that by and large has rejected the laws of our Heavenly Father. And this is not even confined to the unbelieving world. The majority of professed followers of Jesus Christ also regard lightly the laws of Jehovah. Sins that God commanded us to stay away from have now been 'watered down' and are accepted as just part of our lifestyle. Lying is now regarded as just 'telling a fib'. Coveting, well we all do that right? What's the big deal? How about the sabbath day? "Ah, God doesn't mind which day I keep, even if I keep it at all!" And watching SIN on the television? Well, that's just entertainment right?
We have placed our Holy God, our Creator and Saviour into the same category as one of our 'mates'. We treat Him as if He is just one of our friends, who looks out for us and turns a blind eye not only when we go wrong, but when we openly and willing continue to live in sin. And yet if we look into the account of Adam and Eve, we see something VERY different! Let's take a look at what happened:
Genesis 3 ...'And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat ... And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? ... Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? ... Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.'
Do you see what has happened here? Do you see how important God's commands are? Adam and Eve ate a piece of FRUIT which God told then not to eat. A PIECE OF FRUIT! And because of that, this world is plunged into darkness and God has to send His only Begotten Son to DIE for us in order for us to be saved from sin!
Do you see the enormity of this? Adam and Eve ate a simple piece of fruit which God told them not to eat, and they are not only cast out of God's presence into the 'wilderness', the whole world is plunged into sin and despair. So what does this tell us about our Heavenly Father and His commands? It tells us that He is not our 'mate' who just laughs off our wrong doing. It tells us that He is a holy God who means EXACTLY what He says. And that His commands are never to be regarded lightly.
Let's take an exmple from today. The majority of professed Christians today regard the 4th commandment very lightly. With MANY saying that "it doesn't matter which day we keep, as long as we keep one day out of seven." ... "I know God said to keep the 7th day, but He doesn't really mind which day we keep.". And others thinking we don't need to keep the 4th commandment at all! Are you serious?! Did you see what happened to Adam and Eve and this world over a PIECE OF FRUIT!? Did God mind that Adam and Eve ate the fruit He told them not to? Absolutely! Because He is very serious about the commands He gives us.
Isaiah 48:17-18 ...'Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea.'
Now anyone who says that God 'doesn't really mind' about something He has explicitly commanded in the Bible are placing themselves alongside God, and that is idolatry. Not only that, it is the same spirit that Satan had when he proclaimed ... "I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." (Isaiah 14:13-14). But what was God's reply? ... "Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." (vs 15)