“God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” This is how the first chapter of Genesis closes out – “very good” – God’s closing remarks on His creative work.
I believe God rejoiced over His labors and the works of His hands. Creating beauty that is still visible today, both here on Earth and in the heavens. The wonders of both plants and animals, and how it works so beautifully together.
If this scene were closing in a movie, the music would start playing an awe inspiring tune and then would turn toward the kind that indicates something bad is about to happen.
Only a few chapters later we read of Adam and Eve are in the midst of the Garden of Eden and as happenstance would have it, they stop for a moment near the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil – to which God stated to Adam – “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but you shall not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; for in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die.”
Why did they go there? Why do we?
Here Eve is deceived and Adam, who was with her, follows suit – in my opinion, because he loved her more than God.
Things will never be the same (for now).
As everyone who is caught doing something wrong, Adam and Eve cover it up. Maybe if we put on these fig leaves God won’t notice, maybe if we pretend it’s all ok, then we don’t have to feel bad about it.. Over the centuries not much has changed…
Then God shows up…
And as any good parent who catches their child doing something wrong… He realizes it’s too quiet to be good…
“Where are you?”
So after covering it up, we hide. Hide it from ourselves, our families, our churches, friends, but worst yet we try to hide it from God – and He already knows it.
God then asks, “Who told you that you were naked?”
“Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
Then the blame game begin!
Kicking it off for all time… Adam says, “that woman you gave me…”, Eve says, “the serpent deceived me…”
The punishments are given out and the first offering for sin is made – Leviticus 4:4Leviticus 4:4
English: World English Bible - WEB
4 And he shall bring the bullock unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD; and shall lay his hand upon the bullock's head, and kill the bullock before the LORD.
WP-Bible pluginclose – “and he shall lay his hand on the head of the bull, and kill the bull before Yahweh.” They, vicariously, pour out their own life’s blood…
The most intriguing thing to me is what happens next. God has a discussion amongst himself – “Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand, and also take of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever…”
Paradise is lost and God drives them out of the garden and places an angel at the entrance – That they may never be able to come back…
For now, all is lost and God executes a different plan.