Genesis 3:4-6New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; 5 for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God,knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate.
WHY DO WE NEED A SAVIOR…
Adam and Eve and entered into an agreement with God. They could have the whole garden except for the fruit of one tree… It wasn’t just hunger that lead Adam and Eve to the point of being disobedient. Adam and Eve just couldn’t stop themselves from taking a bite of the fruit that looked so good. Temptation makes us feel starved.
Temptation in my mind is really more about placing trust in self over what I know to be true. (God as truth) An example.. I know that the lack of exercise will cause me to have more health problems. However I knowing choose not to exercise thinking that somehow because I am Kent I will not suffer the consequences. Now I know I am wrong, but I justify it in my mind that way until I come face to face with the consequences of my decision.
It is the same thing for Adam and Eve. They made the decision to take matters in their own hands, thinking that somehow if they had what they wanted (the fruit) they would not suffer the consequences of their decision. But as we see the story unfold we know that is incorrect. They quickly discover what happens to people when they break trust with God. They become slaves to their own desires and it leads to exile from the garden and ultimately it leads to death.
NT Write says it this way: “In Genesis, and indeed for much of the Old Testament, the controlling image for death is exile. Adam and Eve were told that they would die on the day they ate the fruit; what actually happened was that they were exiled from the garden.”
― N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope
To be freed from exile we needed a SAVIOR!
I am not sure what temptations are causing you to live in exile this Advent season? I pray that you will seek out the one who came to save!.