Imperfect Heroes (Part 4)
Adam & Eve
Then the Lord God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.' Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them.
Genesis 2:18-19 (NASB)
'Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?' The man said, 'The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.' Then the Lord God said to the woman, 'What is this you have done?' And the woman said, 'The serpent deceived me, and I ate.'
Genesis 3:11-13 (NASB)
If the Garden of Eden was perfect, if all of creation was peaceable, then I can only imagine the joy. The Lord describes Heaven similarly (except Satan is nowhere to be found).
Most believers in God know the story of Adam and Eve's original sin: the sin that led to humanity's fall and set the stage for the enemy's reign. Eve bit the bait. Adam followed her lead. When God questioned their shameful behaviors, both husband and wife tried to shift the blame.
So they were evicted from Paradise, making them God's first imperfect heroes. Consider how:
1) They accepted their pain and punishment, making the best of their difficult life.
2) Judging by Cain and Abel's offerings, they taught their children to honor the Lord.
3) When Cain murdered Abel and all seemed lost, God gave them Seth: the forefather of Christ. The ultimate Hero's eternal save would transcend time, making them heroes, too.
Imperfect hero lesson to be learned? Even if you made a terrible choice, take the fall, trust in God and good will come.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.