We also have a job to do: to be God’s vice regents ruling
the world under Him.
Genesis 1:28 God blessed them and
said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue
it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every
living creature that moves on the ground.”
But under God’s authority. And the
Tree of Knowledge was a reminder of that.
Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree
about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life."
When Adam and Eve looked at the tree they would remember
that their authority was limited and they were dependent on God for their
lives. They were stewards, but He was King!
So biting into the fruit wasn’t just violating some
arbitrary command, “Don’t eat the fruit.” They were rejecting God’s authority over them and declaring their
independence from Him. Adam and Eve
wanted to be “like God” so they grabbed this opportunity to shed the
vice-regency and take the crown itself.
In all the universe there was only one thing that God had
not placed under Adam’s feet – God Himself. In disobeying God’s command they
made a conscious decision to reject Him as their king. They knew the
consequences: God had told them they would “surely die” which meant they would
be cast away from His presence and be his enemies rather then His friends and
Genesis 2:17 17 but you
must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat
from it you will certainly die.”
But they didn’t care. They went for their own pleasure and
their own glory. The Bible calls this disobedience of God’s commands; whether
in word, thought or deed, sin. Sin literally means “missing the mark” but they
didn’t just try and miss. They deliberately
opposed God’s desire for them. They broke their relationship with Him. And it
affected them, their descendents and the rest of creation. They were cast out
of the garden. They would have to work, hard and painfully, and eventually
would die. But their spiritual life ended immediately.
And we’re all the same. Even the best of us have a basically
sinful nature. We haven’t just broken
our relationship with God by doing something wrong; we’ve rebelled against Him. And since He is our Lord and King we
deserve His wrath. If we don’t get
that. If we don’t accept that; we
will never understand why the death of God’s Son was required to address it.
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