As Adam and Eve eyed the fruit of the forbidden tree I wonder what was battling in their minds. Did they go back and between the idea of all the other foods that God provided for them each day versus eating this one that He said they couldn’t have? To me it is almost like telling a small child not to touch the burner on the stove because it is hot – what do they do? Touch the burner! And the child gains wisdom, just like Adam and Eve did when they ate that fruit. They saw they were naked and covered themselves up.
This event plunged Adam and Eve, and really all of us, into the rough and tumble world. As the knowledge of good and evil filled their minds, hearts, and eyes they were forever changed. There was no going back.
I wonder if we would really be better off if we were still in the Garden. Wouldn’t it be a little like being in heaven? God walks with them daily, provides for their food and shelter… Now don’t get me wrong – heaven will be greater than the greatest thing one cold ever imagine – but I like this world. I like being able to see and decide between good and evil. I like being able to pursue God and a relationship with Him.
In the world outside the Garden we all need each other. Adam and Eve clothed each other. As we look at our imperfect world, are there others that we can clothe, feed, …? The responsibility to care for the world and for others has shifted to us. The question now is: what am I ready to do for God and for others? What are YOU willing to do?