Genesis 3:3shows us God lovingly gave this commandment to Adam and Eve.
3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall noteat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” (pretty plain!)
Genesis 3:6shows us the action, the choice that would forever change the lifestyle of the Adamic race.
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food(he fed her much food for thought), that it was pleasant to the eyes(an angel of light), and a treedesirable to make one wise(he said she could know evil as well as good and have her pick!), she took of its fruit and ate. She alsogave to her husband with her, and he ate(the first act of rebellion).
2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;
Side Note: God many times refers to people or other created beings as trees in scripture. An example is found in the book of Isaiah.
3 To console those who mourn in Zion(talking about people), to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness(you can see they're not physical trees), the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
2 And do notbe conformed to this world(don't taste, don't touch), but betransformedby the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
After all the grief Adam and Eve caused for mankind, God still loved His wayward children. All through the ages God has intervened to help man. By His Spirit resting upon certain ones their spiritual eyes were briefly opened, giving them the discernment and spiritual wisdom to lead His people. He spoke through them, performed miracles through them to remind them of their Creator and show them what He desired for man to be like.
Ironically, even though man chose the enemy's ways, there is a part of him that still longs for what he once had. For instance, some people plant beautiful flower gardens, design exquisite parks. Others plant food for our sustenance. Is this not trying to replicate the garden of Eden, the perfect home God gave man freely in the beginning? Then there are ones that really love animals and devotedly care for them. They see them as creatures designed by God to bring affection and pleasure to mankind. But wait a minute, wasn't that exactly what all mankind was originally meant to do, be caretakers of earth and its inhabitants?
28 Then God blessed them, and Godsaid to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Man was created in God's image and was a creature of love. In this love he was to keep earth and all on it in good condition for themselves. The earth was their eternal, beautiful home.
15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend(care for) and keep it.
9 The Lord is good to all(all His creation is important to him), and His tender mercies are overallHis works. (He loves all He made, earth and everything on it!)
Lust of the eye, lust of the flesh and pride of life is the force that drives man now however, replacing the law, the will, and love of the Father. The desire to have bigger cars, better phones, huge homes, designer clothes, the list goes on and on satisfying temporarily the lust of the eyes, or if not attained, leaves man in total depression because he couldn't grasp hold of it. Lust of the flesh is the force behind rape, pedophiles, bad choices of mates leading to broken marriages, ungodly relationships etc. Let's face it, money and sex have become the sought after reward for man's achievements in much of the world. Pride of life will make one rude, crude, cruel, uncaring about the feelings of man or creation and unfortunately this is the dominant trait of the one Adam and Eve chose to mentor mankind! For instance, pride is the motivating spirit behind competition so the world is a highly competitive place. Unfortunately where man is competitive you will always see some form of cruelty and abuse. A sense of pride drives the desire to win and becomes greater than any thought of the ways of God's Kingdom. His knowledge and the characteristics of His nature are many times pushed aside by the do or die attitude of a focused, driven competitor. It is not God's desire to see anyone made a loser, nor does He want to see anything harmed or wrongly treated for man to win. Certainly neither competition nor the world's games are the reason why the individual was gifted with the ability in the first place! Take the world's sports for instance, many times the sport itself is in total opposition of God's ways and the competition turns out to be just another way the enemy snares man into disobedience while at the same time causing others to feel inferior.
I John 2:16says it perfectly.
16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
14 I(Jesus) have given them Your word(taught them from God's knowledge); and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. (This world belongs to the enemy!)
15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world(die), but that You should keep them from the evil one.
16 They are not of the world, just as I amnot of the world. (Not God's!)
16 “This is the covenant that I will make with themafterthose days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” (We have easy access to them, they are inside us!!)
26 Who confirms the word of His servant, and performs(He does it) the counsel of His messengers; who says to Jerusalem, ‘You shall be inhabited,’ to the cities of Judah, ‘You shall be built,’ and I will raise up her waste places; (God's Word will not come back void. Isaiah 55:11 is law.)
II Corinthians 5:19
19 that is, that God was in Christreconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them(so they wouldn't have to die), andhas committed to us the word of reconciliation(to tell others).
Genesis 6:1-2speaks of this.
1 Now it came to pass, whenmen began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them,
2 that the sons of God(angels)saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.
It goes on to say they had children and man today is their descendant. Man also chose to be guided by the world's leaders rather than God's government putting us in a position of slavery to the world's systems.
I Samuel 8:5-7gives us an example.
5 and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”
6 But the thing displeased Samuel(God's high priest and prophet) when theysaid, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord.
7 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should notreign over them. (How sad is that!)
Their appetite for the world has however enslaved them to the control of man and opened them up to becoming a possession of the enemy through drugs, obesity, alcohol etc. Another easy trap, Satan sets trends in clothing God would never approve of to lure man further into acquiring a taste for the pleasures of the world. See-through clothing, promiscuous dating habits, a complete lack of morals in many areas is the reason behind the horrible sexual crimes and killings we see around us.
Matthew 5:28shows us the heart of God.
28 But I(Jesus)say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (That is a law!)
Through lust of the flesh, perverted minds have intensified. God is not responsible. We are! A little girl raped, a young man sodomized, God's fault? I don't think so! Look around you at the ungodly traits now accepted by the world's society and even worse, condoned by its churches!
4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the worldmakes himself an enemy of God.
Man's choices, the devil's plans, all at work in much of society, yet the Lord is blamed for the child run over at a school bus stop by a drunk driver or someone on drugs. How could God let that happen, they say. He didn't! Man chose to do what he did and disobeyed the laws of God pertaining to that situation.
Hurricanes, tornadoes, who is the prince of the air?
1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,
2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world(not the Kingdom), according to the prince of the power of the air(Satan), the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,
30 I (Jesus) will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming(Satan owns this world and is behind every problem in it, because mankind ate the fruit of his mind), and he has nothing in Me. (Jesus knew Satan's voice and ignored it.)
31 But that the world may know that Ilove the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do(He was obedient). Arise, let us go from here.
4 Thereforewe were buried with Himthrough baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so wealso should walk in newness of life. (We die into His death in the watery grave and resurrect through His resurrection as a new creature!)
38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized(how should we be baptized?)in the name of Jesus Christforthe remission of sins(not in the title of Father, the title of Son or the title Holy Ghost); and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
II Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation(not the old race of man); oldthings have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Galatians 3:16, 26-27, 29
16 Now to Abrahamand his Seed were the promises made(the promise of restoration). He does notsay, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” whoisChrist. (So He had to make it possible for us to be saved and restored.)
26 For you are all sons of Godthroughfaith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ(He is our covering).
29 And if you are Christ’s, thenyou are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
I Corinthians 15:45, 49
45 And so it is written, “The first manAdam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
49 And as wehave borne the image of the man of dust, we shall alsobear the image of the heavenly Man.
4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
Now, here is what we can finally hold God responsible for! Salvation from sin, our rebirth and spirit revived, our spirit re-gifted and given language to speak directly to God. Then there are His laws to show us His will, the way to live, covering us by His sovereignty that guarantees His Word and writing them on the fleshly tablets of hearts and minds. And, let's not forget total restoration of not only mankind, but all creation! We are also blessed with a portion of faith to believe in Him and in His promises! Jesus gave His life to make these promises possible for each of us!!! God did this!!!