I remember when I was saved well. I know for certain I didn’t know a lot of things during that time of my life. I couldn’t even have told you who Chris Rice was let alone think I would end up at a concert in Mississippi listening to his music live. As a matter of fact, a year or so after the concert I was telling a friend the story of going down to the stage and praying in front of a bazillion people… at a Chris Rock concert. This was not even close to the correct Chris and not sure why Chris Rock’s name popped into my head. We both had a good laugh.
I think about that time in my life a lot. Mostly because being a better disciple of Jesus is important to me. I remember one reason it took me so long to come to Christ. I wanted proof. I won’t go into all the things that were holding me up, but I will start at the beginning. I couldn’t get past Genesis at all in my readings. I skipped around a bit and read what I could, but I always went back to the front. Here’s why: I couldn’t get past that God knows everything and yet the Tree of Life is there in the garden. And God tells Adam and Eve do not eat from the tree for you will surely die.
[Gen: 3] But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
The first hang up is that if God is all knowing, he knew Adam and Eve were going to eat from the tree! We can address that in a bit. The second hang up was that Adam and Eve didn’t die. Well at least not the way I was expecting them to. And, as I mentioned above, I had no faith…yet, I wanted proof. No one I talked to could sufficiently answer my questions. I was too stubborn to move forward; I wanted an answer. It never occurred to me until AFTER I was saved that I was letting Satan manipulate me the same way and with the same tactic he manipulated Adam and Eve within the garden.
Adam and Even did cease to be the same people they were before. They changed so significantly some may say that the beings they were had deceased. Perhaps, but my answer came from the fact that they had sinned against the God.
[Romans 6:3] For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The death that took Adam and Eve on that day was a death by God’s definition, not mine. A definition I was not even aware of until I started spending more time in the Word. I thought I knew more than I actually did.
Back to my first hang up regarding why put the tree in the Garden of Eden if God knew that Adam and Eve would eat from the tree. This took me longer to answer for myself than the second hang up, probably because I am slow and stubborn… no comment Penny! I finally came to the realization that maybe God did create man in his image, but that was just the beginning. The molding and shaping of man were yet to come. Not for God’s benefit but for the benefit of man. God knew the trial at the tree was a lesson that man must learn.
I do think that being in the Word regularly can help everyone become a better disciple but there are some questions that may stump us. We need to be able to say, “I don’t know!” but not leave it at that, invite someone to explore the Word together to find the answers.