The beautiful world God made was perfect - a garden so incredible that even God Himself like to come from heaven and take evening walks there! God walked with His friends - Adam and Eve. (Gen. 3:8) It was an awesome life! Think of it! God and man and NO barrier between - pretty spectacular!
Before woman, God gave Adam operating instructions for life in this wonderful garden: work with your hands in the dirt and keep the garden beautiful. God gave Adam just one little rule: The tree in the middle of the garden - the Tree-of-the-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil - DON'T eat from it! If you do, you're dead! (Gen. 2:15-17)
But there was just one little problem - a crafty, nasty charmer named "Snake" (the devil in disguise) snuck into the garden one day. He went straight to the woman and worked her over good! He knew she hadn't heard God's instructions first-hand so he started hissing and twisting God's instruction about the tree. (Gen. 2:16)
Snake: What is this about God telling you not to eat from any tree in this garden?!
Woman: No, not at all! We can eat from all the trees except for that one tree in the middle of the garden. It is the kiss of death to eat its fruit.
Snake: That's ridiculous! You won't die! You'll just know what's really going on. You'll know as much as God does - even all the secrets of good and evil.
Then the story continues, ...the woman saw that the tree looked like good eating and realized what she would get out of it - she'd know everything! (Gen.3:6, The Message)
Well, it's not hard to imagine what happened next. The woman grabbed a piece of fruit from the forbidden tree, took a hasty bite and handed Adam the fruit. He bit too!
It was the untimate bad choice! In the worst possible way it was a defining moment! Immediately the two of them did see what's really going on ... (Gen. 3:7)
Adam and Eve knew they were naked and were ashamed. In the flash of a moment's very bad choice life changed forever! Everything in creation broke in that one terrible cosmic moment - including their friendship with God! Adam and Eve knew they were busted!
They made the ultimate bad choice and now everything is broken and needs fixed!
Lord Jesus, I make lots of bad choices just like Adam and Eve. I need YOU to help me! I need YOU to change my heart!