The Lord of Second Chances……

“And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” (Genesis 2:15)

“So He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way of the Tree of Life.” (Genesis 3:24)

One of Adam’s primary responsibilities was to guard the Garden! It was his vigilance that was to keep the Garden a place of fellowship with God. The place where God and man could walk together. Angels may now guard the Tree of Life with drawn swords but Adam was initially given the first task of guardianship, a task at which he failed miserably.

Yet today we, the sons and daughters of Adam, have been given the same responsibility to guard that Life which has been entrusted to us by the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “He that believes on Me, as the scripture says, “out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38). It falls to every one of us as believers to “guard your heart for out of it are the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23). Let us not fail to guard the Life and subsequent fellowship with Jesus that has been given to us, as Adam did so long ago.

What ways have you fallen down on the job of guarding your fellowship with Christ? How can you improve? What do you need to say to Him today about how you’ve been doing?

Would it help to understand the Judgment meted out against Adam and Eve?

The rationale behind the Judgment must be appreciated. God’s judgment was not meted out against Adam and Eve for simple disobedience! There were deeper implications. He who created the vast universe would not rage over a misdemeanor. God’s holiness was offended! His plans to bless man were set back! The potential that God had created within man would now never be fully developed and realized! He was not just Creator. He was also Judge – holy and righteous! He could not just overlook sin! Adam and Eve had introduced sin into the world!

While our first parents may not have been fully aware of the deadly nature of sin, God knew its nature only too well. He knew it would spread like cancer. It would finally kill the sinner. But long before that, it would cause the sinner to think and perpetrate evil deeds against humanity. Sin never just affects the individual. It will hurt others. The sin nature would be passed down to the next generation – to all mankind! Our personal experiences confirm this truth.

Moreover, Satan was involved! Did he think that he could convince man to sin against God, and get away with it? Hardly! The Judgment was as much against Satan as against Adam and Eve! But don’t be disheartened consider the following expressions of God’s grace.They still had life. They only lost their home in the Garden of Eden! They still had “a second chance” to make good.

They did not die immediately (Cf. Genesis 2:17).

God still loved them and cared for them. He provided appropriate clothing for them (Cf. Genesis 3:21).

The promise of redemption (Cf. Genesis 3:15) was the finest display of God’s great grace. Imagine God promising salvation after The Fall.

Lord thank you for being our redeemer, through grace you’re there to catch us when we fall.

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