God’s Promise of Deliverance Genesis 1215:1-21:1-3; Jim Davis Looking back historically we understand the rise and fall of civilizations wrapped up in the thoughts and desires of humanity. There is an unalterable law of the universe set forth in creation—we reap what we sow. Wheat seeds produce wheat, the seed of a human produces another human—even a thought planted in the mind brings forth after its kind. A thought has the potential to germinate into a strong desire, bud and spring into full bloom bearing fruit affecting our lives—yea, our entire world.
The fall of Genesis reveals the potential destructiveness of the subtlest misguided desire planted in the heart when allowed to run its course. Adam and Eve lived in a pristine world. No thorns. No thistles. No weeds. No clothes. No hostility. No enemies. No sickness. No curse. No death. Suddenly the world changes in one regretful decision. One can only imagine how scary it must have been to have their eyes opened as they hid from God. Imagine traveling from innocence to wearing fig leaves to cover your nakedness. It was traumatic. Every pristine blessing is now accompanied with a curse.
Imagine watching that innocent animal slaughtered and the skin ripped off to cover your nakedness. Try to imagine the shock of standing over the first grave—the grave of your son—knowing you as a parent are responsible for his death. I can’t imagine the impenetrable foreboding shadow being cast over their future—the future of our world—as they stood by that graveside. Imagine Adam living 930 years observing the devastation brought upon an innocent world. He felt the impact of God’s statement, “The day you eat, you shall surely die.” Imagine the death of the entire planet as we know it is wrapped up in a simple misguided thought.