It looks innocent enough… as perfect and beautiful as this vast assortment of delightful fruits… she reasoned… Nothing could possibly hurt me in the Garden…
Till then Eve had done all to honor her husband… to obey her Creator.
The serpent’s proposition seemed harmless.
The power of human logic trumped God’s wisdom.
Once settled into their new life outside Paradise, as the reality of their situation sunk in…
How many times did she bargain with Him?
Please God!… How can I fix it?… Show me, somehow… I had no idea…
This unwelcome intrusion… I don’t want it!… I don’t!… Please… Take it away…
I willingly give back this lethal knowledge, this awful existence.
If only we could experience the beauty of innocence again… the Divine blessing of Paradise…
Please, God, tell me—what can I do to go back?!?!
Adam lived for 930 years. Perhaps Eve lived close to the same.
Can you imagine the weight of her heartache? Spending the rest of your life crying yourself to sleep?
Lying awake, reliving every wretched memory… wishing slumber to descend… closing eyelids, yet mentally berating ourselves… deserving, we would believe, every sharp infliction, because of our failure…
365 days multiplied by possibly 700, 800, 900 years adds up to a lot of tossing and turning, with countless tears shed over memories deeply and permanently engraved upon a woman’s being.
Maybe she didn’t.
God is gracious.
No details are given concerning the conversations between God and the first couple in the wake of the Great Rift between the Creator and those created… or following the final adversity between brothers…
On this subject God is quiet.
Yet with the birth of Seth—the newest son to become the “appointed” one—can we assume forgiveness had been granted? The work of Redemption already begun?
Was it not Grace that removed the two from the Garden, keeping them away from the Tree of Life, so as not to live eternally in their sinful condition?
Then the Lord God said, Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever—therefore the Lord God sent him out of the Garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So he drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the Garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life. – Genesis 3:22-24
Seth not only replaced the son Eve mourned, but this child of Grace carried the lineage from Adam to the Messiah, appointed as successor—the one bearing the precious and priceless seed of Redemption.
With Cain losing privileges of the firstborn, Seth became heir and progenitor, second in the royal line of Jesus Christ.
Did Eve awaken to each new day with the painful knowledge and physical consequences of her sin? Yes.
For our soul is bowed down to the dust; our body clings to the ground. Arise for our help, and redeem us for Your mercies’ sake. – Psalm 44:25-26
But could we believe a day did finally dawn when mournful repentance ebbed away, as waves of Redemption washed over her?
Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared… O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is abundant redemption… – Psalm 130
Torturous shame comes to an end when grace, forgiveness, compassion, comfort and merciful hope are received from the only Spirit whose name is Holy.
Do these things erase the tangibility of our transgression, or remove the daily consequences of our decisions? No.
But the grace of God, the forgiveness of God, the compassion, comfort and hope that only God can give, extend to us in our sorrow and shame—not to take away the results, but to make living with them more bearable.
…but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13-14
The memories of failure remain ever near.
But God wants us to replace them with the memory of what He did on the cross… how death was conquered… the grave split open for new life to resurrect from the old… the body—battered, beaten, bruised, nailed, speared, buried—became glorified.
So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory. – I Corinthians 15:54
…weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. – Psalm 30:5
The choice is yours and mine, of course, for not only our eternal destiny, but for everyday living as Creation also groans under the burden of sin… a burden it did not bear in the Beginning, a burden it didn’t choose… We can set the reminders of failure aside and look only on Redemption.
Eve coveted and reached for knowledge God never intended her to acquire… resulting in her carrying a burden her shoulders were not designed to carry… an aching He hadn’t planned to reside in her heart.
Dear friend, mother, widow, daughter—cry if you must. God despises not your tears of contrition. But with those tears remember to give thanks that this is not all there is.
Believe what Eve now knows: before she took the first bite, God already had a plan in place, with the future day in view of wiping every tear away.
What Satan took by trickery—the innocence of two who belonged to Another—God bought back, paid the Redeemer price…
To once again, rightfully, claim us as His own.