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W.I.S.H. – Weekly Insights for Spiritual Health 6-28-2020Read: Genesis 3:22-24 “Then the LORD God said, “See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”– therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a sword flaming and turning to guard the way to the tree of life.

”The movie, “Death Becomes Her”, with Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, Bruce Willis and Isabella Rossellini is a quirky “dark” comedy about two women, bitter rivals, who drink a magic potion promising eternal youth. They won’t die. The problem in the movie is that they live forever, but their bodies don’t hold up. By the end of the movie they are complete wrecks; to live forever like that would NOT be good.

Similarly God boots Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden after they eat of the forbidden fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam and Eve have, through sin, become mortal AND prone toward sin. The cure for their mortality was present in the Garden of Eden; it was the Tree of Life (Genesis 3:22). But the cure for their fallen condition of sin was not (yet) available to them. God’s expressed concern is that they might eat of the Tree of Life and live forever, while in their fallen state. To live like that forever – would definitely NOT be a good thing.

We can’t know fully the mind or plans of God. We can speculate, but we cannot know for sure. Previously I shared some scripture verses that indicated the plan for humanity’s redemption through Christ, even before the Garden was created. The timing of that redemption is strictly in God’s hands, Galatians 4:4-6 says, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children.

”God’s plan to redeem humanity was to defeat both sin and death. 1John 3:2 says we are destined to become “like Christ”: Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.” Thanks be to God in Christ Jesus.

Shalom,

Pastor Rob Nystrom