Fruit Anyone? Conclusion – Merciful Punishment

 

“Where are you?” in Genesis 3, is not a question seeking a geographical location but the cry of a Father who has lost his son. God’s attitude toward humanity had remained unchanged but humanity’s attitude toward his Creator that had changed. Hence, God approached humanity and humanity fled and hid in fear: a scenario that recurs throughout the Bible (Exodus 20: 18 – 21; Judges 6:22-23; Isaiah 6: 5-7; Daniel 10: 7-12; Revelation 1:17).

After Adam blamed, Eve (and by extension, God) and Eve, in turn, blamed the Snake (and by extension, God), God stepped in to fix the problem. From His discourse, God, clearly, did not accept the BLAME but from His actions God, clearly, took RESPONSIBILITY for sin. If the root of sin was a misconception of God, the cure must be the rectification of that misconception. That must be the meaning of crushing the snake’s head.

If God is love then His dire pronouncements cannot be vindictive tantrums, rather, they must be descriptive and redemptive. Humanity is sustained by God and when we turn from God, we become subservient to what we think we came from. This is simply because mankind is designed to bow to something greater than himself and what inspires greater awe than our perceived origins?

Eve had come out of Adam so God described her future… she would vainly hunger for love and security from a sinful husband who would dominate her. I wonder if the pain in childbirth was meant to limit this dire state of affairs. Is the pain that her husband cannot share in meant to point a woman to God; the only one who could understand her pain in bearing and raising children? Would witnessing his wife suffer in childbirth, prompt Adam to respect and have compassion on his wife and stop dominating her? I’m not a woman, I can only wonder. I can only contrast Eve with the woman in Revelation 12 who relies on God to feed and protect her.

Adam had come out of the earth and God described his future. Adam would turn to his physical surroundings and seek to draw sustenance from tangible reality. With his intelligence and strength, he would’ve been able to thrive on the perfect earth and imagine that all was actually “okay” with him, so God intervened and cursed the ground. The earth’s rebellion against Adam would remind him of his rebellion against God and point him to the promised “Seed” (Genesis 3:15). The difficulty of working in a world that was against him would point him to God, who was his true source of sustenance. Jesus, the Seed, knew this when he refused to rely on his ability to manipulate physical reality but to rely on God (Matthew 4:4).

God in the form of Jesus would come to return to man his lost kingdom but before man could be trusted to wear the crown, he would have to see God and Satan for who they really were. There was hope for man because humanity had been deceived into rebellion. Thus, a clear revelation of God’s character would be offered to him to afford humanity the chance to choose. Is there any clearer revelation of God than Jesus (Hebrews 1:1-3)?

 

The war between Christ and Satan had come to earth. Jesus would come to rectify the misconceptions about God’s character and government. His divinity would show that there is nothing but goodness in God and his humanity would show that even in the “likeness of sinful flesh”, a free moral being would choose God. Jesus is the Seed that would bear fruit and say to all, “Fruit Anyone?”

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