The Prince of Paradise - B
4 August, 2009
Soul Snack 83/12 ... The Prince of Paradise - B
Canopied under perfect mist-laden skies, Adam walked erect with head held high, feet flat and lived with Love. In fact Adam lived a still perfect love because he had just been created in the image of He who IS love.
There was only one instruction in Eden, but there were those Two Trees. This scene was resplendent in its pure simplicity. Adam was given choice, (surely that too was part of being in God's image). Adam would rule Eden as he chose.
Choice would always be part of Eden. God constructs no puppets. There can be no loving relationship where there is no choice to its pursuit.
Devotion is only real when unfaithfulness is possible - anon.
So far the joy of Eden was still unspeakable, the sin of Eden still undoable - surely?
Shared by his caring wife a silent Adam bit into the Knowledge of good and evil, he savoured its new sweetness, blissfully unaware to its impending sourness. With a destructive speed the desirable sweetness was gone, replaced by an enduring bitterness. Heaven had been lost - hell had been gained. Pandora's box was now open.
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. (Gen 3:6)
The Two Trees to eat and learn from remain to this very day, BUT only one, the Tree of Life will be in heaven, only one can give life - eat to live!
Remember if the physical world parallels the spiritual world (and it does) the source of food matters even more than the food. Too many merely snack at the Tree of Life while blindly feasting on the Tree of Knowledge.
Today's Soul Snippet:
Sin is never conducted in a vacuum.