By Kendra Clarke
Adam and Eve’s focus was on spiritual things and not on what was going on in the physical realm around them, as the grandeur and majesty of the spirit realm, made the physical realm pale in comparison. They were so enthralled with the spirit realm that they didn’t even realize they were naked. It wasn’t until they had disobeyed God and had fallen into sin that, “the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves” (Genesis 3:7). Their physical eyes may have been opened, but the consequences of their sin was swift and punitive. They were banished from paradise and barred from ever returning. Worst of all, they lost the ability to see and interact with the spirit realm, and could no longer walk and communicate with God as they had done before the Fall. What happened?
The Keys to Paradise
God had given Adam and Eve the keys to paradise, so they had it all and then some. Everything they could have wanted and needed, God made provisions for. After seeing that Adam was alone, God made woman to be a suitable helper for him (Genesis 2:18, 20-22). All He asked, was that they do not eat of the forbidden tree, “The Tree of Life”. “And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from every tree in the garden but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die” (Genesis 2:16-17). Even with all the splendor that God had bestowed upon them, they chose to instead focus on the one thing that He withheld. Once their focus turned away from God, Satan seizing upon the opportunity, swooped in to sow the seeds of doubt and pride, providing the justification for their disobedience.
The Enemy’s Deception
Once the thought had been planted in Eve’s mind, it was not a matter of “if” she would sin, but “when”. “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate” (Genesis 2:6). They fell prey to the Enemy’s deception, eating of “The Tree of Life”. They fell into sin and their lives were instantly turned upside down, “as the wages of their sin was death…” (Romans 6:23). Physical and spiritual death became their new reality, and the fellowship and direct line of communication which they had once shared with the Creator, was disconnected and forever changed. It had to have felt like a light switch was turned on and suddenly they were in an unfamiliar place with no way out. What a terrible price to have paid, having experienced such a close relationship with the Father, only to then lose it.
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