11/4/16 - The first blood

While reading a devotional for review I was reading about the sin of Eden.  After God had created everything out of nothing he formed man, Adam.  God created a beautiful place between several rivers, Eden.  In the middle of that beautiful garden God had placed two trees, the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  God warned Adam that he could eat of any fruit in the garden except the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  And if Adam ate of the fruit he would surely die.  Note here, God warned Adam, Eve had not been created yet.

God then had Adam name all the things He created.  While naming all the animals, trees, birds and any other critter, they found no suitable helper for Adam.  God put him in a deep sleep, removed a rib and created Eve.  God instructed them to be fruitful and multiple.  In Eden, God had made a beautiful place for them to live.

Now, here comes the downfall, the old serpent Satan was weaving his way in and around the garden of Eden and stuck his nose into God's business.  (I need to have a post about this dude)  Mr. Sneaky Snake asked Eve if God really said they couldn't eat the fruit from any of the trees.  Eve said, sure we can eat the fruit from the trees in the Garden...well, except the fruit from the tree in the middle of the Garden.  And she further advised that they couldn't even touch the fruit or they'd die.  Mr. Snake said you won't die! if you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.  (this is what got him chunked out of Heaven, more another day)  So Eve took some of the fruit and ate it AND gave some to her husband, Adam, who was with her.  Adam was right there!  He knew what God had said.  At that moment, their eyes were opened, and they felt shame that they were naked.  They sewed together fig leaves to cover themselves.

Later, God was walking in the Garden in the cool of the evening.  Adam and Eve hid, because they were naked.  God called for Adam and Adam told God that he had heard him walking in the Garden and he had hid, because he was naked.  God wanted to know why he hid and who had told Adam that he was naked.  God asked if he had eaten the fruit from the forbidden tree and that's when all the blaming started.  *whining voice* "That woman you gave me made me do it."  Then God asked Eve what she had done and she replied, "The devil made me do it."  Then God dealt out the punishment.  Adam will work the fields, Eve will have the babies and it will be painful (thanks a lot Eve) and finally to the serpent, you will slither on the ground all your days and you will have hostility between you and the woman and your offspring and hers.  He will strike his head and the snake will strike his heel.

Then our Lord God made clothing from animal skins to cover the Man and Woman.

The first blood to cover our sin was from an animal.  As of yet, according to the Bible, no blood had been spilt.  God spilled the blood from an animal He had just created to cover the sin of the Man and Woman.
God sent them out of Eden because He didn't want them to eat the fruit from the tree of Life and live forever.  I'm so glad He did that, can you imagine the population of all those people throughout time still hanging around?  So after living in paradise, Adam and Eve had to start over in a new and hostile environment.  The first sin brought on the first blood.  Stay tuned for a post on "The last blood".

If you want to read the above in its entirety, check out Genesis 1:1 through Genesis 3:24.

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