Monday, May 19, 2008
15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel."
16 To the woman he said: "I will intensify the pangs of your childbearing; in pain shall you bring forth children. Yet your urge shall be for your husband, and he shall be your master."
17 To the man he said: "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat, "Cursed be the ground because of you! In toil shall you eat its yield all the days of your life.
18 Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to you, as you eat of the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face shall you get bread to eat, Until you return to the ground, from which you were taken; For you are dirt, and to dirt you shall return."
20 The man called his wife Eve, because she became the mother of all the living.
21 For the man and his wife the LORD God made leather garments, with which he clothed them.
22 Then the LORD God said: "See! The man has become like one of us, knowing what is good and what is bad! Therefore, he must not be allowed to put out his hand to take fruit from the tree of life also, and thus eat of it and live forever."
23 The LORD God therefore banished him from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he had been taken.
24 When he expelled the man, he settled him east of the garden of Eden; and he stationed the cherubim and the fiery revolving sword, to guard the way to the tree of life.
That must have been a very sad day for Adam and Eve. Knowing the consequences of their actions and the result from it. They could have had life everlasting. Why is it we all seem to want to do the wrong thing. Have we been so conditioned since their sin to continue in a downward spiral. Instead of trying to attain life we are slowly causing our own destruction. We seem to have a death wish to return to the very ground from which Adam was made. We know that after living a life of toil our bodies will return to the earth. It is while we live that we often fail in the right way of living. And we instinctively know this too. We know what we are supposed to do, what we have been commanded since the beginning of time to do. But we drag our heels and continue to do what we want. We try to change genetics, and so much else and we have been witnessing the destruction it has rendered. Aren't we in this regard throwing ourselves out of Paradis too. Kids in school do things to get themselves expelled. Adults do things to get them thrown in jail. We do all sorts of things to get us thrown out but never in the right place. It's time to change directions and try to find our way back to God's love.