Because we exist, we know that Adam and Eve did not die immediately after eating the fruit from the tree of knowing of Good and Evil, as the LORD God had warned them.
And the LORD God commanded the human, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”Genesis 2:16-17
Elsewhere in the Bible, people who sinned greatly did die immediately. But Adam and Eve appear to merely get banished from the Garden.
One can not presume that prior to eating of the fruit of that tree that Eve and Adam had eternal life because they were banished from Eden so that could not eat from the Tree of Life.
Then the LORD God said, “See the human has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now he might reach out his hand and take also from the Tree of Life, and eat, and live forever.”Genesis 3:22
The beginning of our relationship with God is the ideal place to begin the season of Lent. So that we might prayerfully and penitently begin our preparations for Maundy Thursday and Resurrection Sunday.
I will have more to say about Genesis 2:15-17 and 3:1-7 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 1st.
Robert Shaw, Pastor
A Tip for Parents
The forty days of Lent is related to the forty days Jesus fasted in the wilderness. At the end of the fast, the Tempter dared him to change stones into bread. Thus many Christians choose to fast from a particular item —chocolate for example— during Lent.
Instead of giving something up for Lent, taking on a new healthier practice can be an effective “fast.”
Jesus’ responded to the Tempter quoting Scripture:
‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’Matthew 4:4 and Deuteronomy 8:3
What feeds your soul? What calms your child when troubled?