The Scriptures tell a story of relationship, rebellion, and revolution.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. God crowned his masterpiece with mankind, created in his own image. God looked back on his finished work and said, “This is good. This is very good.”

All creation sang in harmony. Peace reigned between God and his creation and between the creatures themselves.

Mankind was free. Free of oppression. Free of sickness and death. Free of greed and hatred. Free to walk with God in the garden.

But mankind also was free to choose – free to go its own way. Free to listen to the voice of rebellion that whispered in the garden. Free to live with the consequences of disobedience.

Mankind’s choice? To listen to the Tempter. To abandon the role ordained by the Creator. To seek its own destiny.

Shock waves rumbled across the universe when mankind chose rebellion over relationship. The harmony was shattered. Peace dissolved into war. Freedom gave way to slavery. Oppression, sickness, greed, and hatred swept through the human soul. Mankind died – in body and spirit.

God’s masterpiece lay in utter ruin. His beloved child had turned its back on him and walked away. Their friendship was replaced by an awful void. Division. Separation. Alienation. A cherished companion had made himself an enemy.

How God’s heart must have ached – like a father whose precious child chooses evil over good, against his loving counsel. She cuts herself off from his care. He watches her suffer the consequences of her choices. Grief overwhelms him, and the tears course down his cheeks.

God’s loving plan for his creation had gone completely awry. Mankind had not gotten sick; it had died. And in the process the rest of creation died as well. Everywhere there was chaos.

And God said, “This will not do. This will not do at all.”

Read it for yourself!
Genesis 1.1 – 2.3; Genesis 3.1-24

Think about it!
In what ways do you see people choosing their own ways over God’s ways?

What price do they pay for it?

Next installment
03 – God’s plan

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