Tree of Life

Written by on July 29, 2021

I’ve changed my mind, I don’t want it anymore!
She suddenly saw in him what she didn’t before – evil. His sinister grin turned her stomach when only a moment ago he was an angel of light. What was she thinking!? She ran as fast as she could to find Adam, he would know what to do.

As she approached, he eyed her pleasantly until he saw the panic on her face and the half-eaten fruit in her hand.

She couldn’t look at him, she wanted to cover herself with something. Finally, weeping into his chest she explained what happened, “I’m scared, Adam! I don’t want to leave you and YHWH, I don’t want to die!” Holding her tightly he said, “We are one, my love, we will face it together,” and he took the fruit from her and raised it to his mouth.

Shame and anxiety drove them to hide from their loving Maker as He strolled toward them that evening. After coaxing them out, they stood in ridiculous leaf clothing, embarrassed. What had been an intimate and joyful relationship, now felt distant and unfamiliar. Was this death, they wondered – brokenness with YHWH? No longer the dear Friend they were used to, but … a Judge?

Eve was horror-stricken as she watched the life drain from the eyes of the innocent animal. It wasn’t right that it should suffer for what she did. Her leather clothes were a constant reminder of the sacrifice; though the consequence of their sin was painfully apparent, she hardly needed a reminder. She would witness her children and grandchildren travel painful paths, never knowing the tender fellowship with YHWH, or the freedom from guilt that permeated their lives.

Death was everywhere now – plants, animals, her gentle Able, even her own body was dying. Oh, that their world could be restored, and death stopped! YHWH promised to crush the head of that wretched deceiver, but time was slipping away…

 


 

“Eve, death is finally conquered, it can stop now!” Hearing the words, she leapt into the arms of her Creator as He stood in the doorway. She never wanted to let go again and understood His meaning as she looked at his scarred body.

It was over. The power of sin and sting of death was swallowed up in victory! “Thank You, my Lord! Now our children can experience Your precious love and be free!” Hand in hand, Adam and Eve followed Him to the tree of life, with generations of children trailing behind.

 


 

You made a way for us to return to Your loving embrace! The sacrifice of Jesus removed our sin and by resurrecting, death has lost its sting! We will spend eternity in heaven, thanks to You alone! You will wipe away every tear from our eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

(Ref: Gen 3, 1 Cor 15:55, Rev 2:7, Rev 21:4)



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