After creating the first man with the ability to choose, God informed Adam if he chose to disobey and eat from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, he would surely die (Genesis 2:17). God wanted Adam to choose to love and obey Him.
Instead, Adam and Eve chose to believe a lie about God. When they did that, they disobeyed God and did the exact thing God did not want them to do.
Adam and Eve’s sin caused them to suffer immediate spiritual death (their fellowship with God was broken). Eventually, Adam & Eve’s body would also die (soul and spirit would leave the body causing physical death). And the final death for those who refuse God’s sacrificial substitute, is the Lake of Fire (eternal death), the place of terrible punishment which God prepared for Satan and his spirit demons.
God formed Adam giving him the breath of life and provided for all he would need. Adam belonged to God and God wanted the very best for Adam. Since God knows everything, He knew what was best for him.
God also knows what is best for each of us. He knows the truth! He gave us the Bible so we too can know the truth.
“Only as we consider who God is can we begin to have true knowledge about life, for God is the One Who created life.”
After Adam and Eve sinned by eating from the Tree that God specifically said not to eat from (No exclusion was given concerning the Tree of Life. That’s the tree I would have made a beeline for – well, that’s what I think I would have done 😉) Even though Adam and Eve sinned (and God must punish sin, Romans 1:18-32), God called to them because He still loved them (Genesis 3:9). He was giving them an opportunity to acknowledge that all He had said to them was the truth and they had disobeyed.
God has not changed. He still calls to us today! He wants us to know Him.
God speaks to us through His creation (Psalm 19:1-3). The great variety and beauty and expanse of His creation should make us stop and think. God also speaks to us through His Word (Romans 1:16, 17). And as we continue skimming through the Bible, we will see that God speaks to us through His son, Jesus.
God gives life and breath to everything and is the satisfier of all needs (Acts 17:25). God wants us to understand, just like Adam and Eve, we must answer for everything we have thought and done that is displeasing to Him. He, alone, is our rightful owner.
“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable” (Hebrews 4:13, NLT).
Have you heard God calling?