One of the things I love about the Bible is how the gospel is woven into every single page. We don’t only hear about Jesus in the New Testament, but we hear about Him even in the very first book of the Bible, Genesis.
The story of Adam and Eve is perhaps one of the most famous stories in the Bible. However, I believe that we often overlook the beautiful truths found in this narrative; it is not a story of an angry God getting rid of humans because He is so disgusted by their sin, but rather a story of His grace, compassion, and never-ending search to reconcile man to Himself.
In the third chapter of Genesis, we read how Adam and Eve bring sin into the world. They ate from the tree of knowledge because they wanted to take God’s place and decide for themselves what was good and evil. As soon as “their eyes were opened” (v. 7) and they realized what they had done, “they hid from the Lord God (v. 8).” The next verse is profound: “The Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’” (v. 9) Moments after seeing His children run away from Him in shame and guilt, God goes searching for them. He goes searching for His beloved because He can’t bear to be without them. He created them, He showered them with love, and He never wanted this relational bond to be broken.
Not only did Adam and Eve run away from God, but they felt so ashamed with the weight of their sin that they tried to cover themselves with fig leaves (v. 7). But later on in the story, we read that God “made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them (v. 21).” In this world, we try to cover up our mistakes and sort them out ourselves, whether we realize we are doing so or not. But it is only God who can provide the perfect covering for our shame, guilt, and sin. This verse echoes the animal sacrifices made in the Old Testament to bring mankind close to God, but I believe it also foretells the perfect sacrifice of all time, Jesus Christ. If God was able to cover Adam and Eve with some animal skin to hide their shame, how much more does the blood of Christ cover us?
It is so easy to view the next verse in a way that depicts God as being an angry god who cast Adam and Eve out of the garden simply because they disobeyed Him. Here is what is written in verse 22:
“And the Lord God said, ‘The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.’”
This is not merely a punishment for what humans had done; God is actually protecting His children. He cast them out of the garden so that they weren’t able to eat from the tree of life. If they had eaten from the tree of life, they would have lived forever. And what state would they have been living in? Sin. So, they would have been living in sin…forever. THIS is why God cast His children out of the garden. He wanted them to be far away from the possibility of eternally staying in their fallen state. He didn’t want to see them living broken, abusive, distorted lives forever.
Casting them out of the garden meant that God could start working together His plan of salvation. When Adam and Eve stepped out of the garden, they actually took the first step towards hope. Those steps meant that they wouldn’t be apart from God forever; He would intervene, and He did intervene.
We are sinners. We run from God, whether intentionally or unintentionally, consciously or subconsciously. We try to hide our shame, guilt and fear. But God intervenes.
From day one, He has searched for you. I can hear “the sound of the Lord God” as He walks the earth (v. 8), tirelessly searching for His precious, precious child. Just like many parents can’t sleep when their child goes missing, so your Father in Heaven will not rest until He finds you, until you return to His loving embrace. He never condemns you, He never stops loving you, and He will always welcome you home no matter where you have been or what you have done.
We are naked, we are sinners, and we are guilty. But, once you return to your Father you will always be covered by Jesus’ blood. This means that you can boldly stand in the presence of your heavenly Father, letting go of all shame and guilt, because He loved you enough to intervene and free you from the power of sin. When covered in Jesus’ blood, sin has no power over you, and you are free to live the life that God has planned for you since you were conceived; a life full of adventure, joy, and peace.
Religion is about man searching for God. Christianity is about God searching for man.
Have a listen to this song. It truly encapsulates the beautiful truth of God searching for His children.
Brady Toops - "Come On Home"
Alice is 18 and from England. She gave her life to Jesus about 5 years ago, and was baptized in July 2015. She feels that she is called to creative evangelism after receiving many prophecies from various people. She's a keen musician, photographer, writer, and speaker, and she hopes to involve all of these passions when sharing the love of Jesus to the world. She looks forward to moving to a city to attend university, engrossing herself in youth culture and wider communities.