Thursday, 6 September 2012

We All Need More Than a Fig Leaf

What lessons can we learn from Adam and Eve? 

1.    Disobedience to God has consequences.

2.    God loves us no matter what we do.

3.    Attempting to shift blame to someone else when confronted with an omniscient God is not too bright.

4.    God forgives us no matter what we do.

5.    The husband, Adam, is who God holds responsible for what happened.

6.    Fig leaves were not going to cut it, Eden was about to get very cold, so God provided clothing.  He provides for all our needs.

You might say that their honeymoon got off to a bad start.  The husband was to be the leader, provider and protector.  Instead he stood idly by while his wife was tempted and deceived.  When questioned by the Lord, Adam tried blame shifting “it was the fault of this woman you gave me.”  So basically it was God’s fault that they were disobedient, or so Adam would have us believe.

If your reaction is like mine you have said, “How stupid could they be?”  They had a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe.   He gave them clear instructions on how they should live their lives and they chose to disobey Him.  Okay, that does hit a little close to home.

So, seeing as how we have been made in the image of God, it would seem that we should respond to those who disappoint us just as God responded to Adam and Eve.  He didn’t smite them, He didn’t raise his voice, but instead He first provided for their physical need.  They knew they did something wrong.

So how can we apply that lesson as married couples?  We are not omniscient but we know that our spouse will do something that will disappoint us at some point in time. There will be a time when your husband may fail in his role as leader, protector and/or provider.  There will be a time when our wives will fail to give us the respect that we, as men, desire.  And when our spouse fails us our immediate response should be to forgive them, not because they deserve it but because just as God forgave Adam and Eve He has forgiven us.

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