Advent Day 3- Hope in the Fall of Mankind
"And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool f the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden."
The Fall of Mankind: It was the worst demise in history. Ushering in pain, toil, disease, and death, the Fall tainted all that was good in God's creation. Worse, it separated us from God.
God's precious children, Adam and Eve, feared God was withholding something good from them. They sought to obtain it in their own way, in disobedience to God. The lies hissed by the Enemy seared their hearts and they believed for a moment that God didn't really love them-that he was not for them. So they devoured death.
Ever since, all of humanity was born into death and consumed by sin. Adam and Eve hid from God in shame of their disobedience. We spend our lives hiding from God-until Someone intervenes.
The Fall was devastating. I imagine that to Adam and Eve it seemed like an irreversible tragedy. But God immediately made a plan to reverse it.
The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock...I will put enmity between you and the woman,and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
Genesis 3: 14-15
The "he" God spoke of is Jesus.
"The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you."
Biblical scholars believe "you shall bruise his heal" refers to the crucifixion. In dying for our sins, Jesus crushed Satan. His lies in the garden have no power over us.
God covered Adam and Eve's shame in animal garments- the first death sacrifice made to cover mankind's shame. This points to the final death that sets us free-the Death of Christ and the only sacrifice that absolves us of sin forever.
Jesus came to crush Satan and he will come again to destroy him forever. He will once and for all reverse the Fall of Mankind. There will be no more pain, no more sin, no more shame, no more tears, no more hate, and nor more injustice. This is what we look forward to as we await the advent of Jesus' second coming.
I made this simple ornament with jewelry charms. The apple comes from the fairy tale line at Hobby Lobby and was too perfect to symbolize the tragic Fall of Mankind. Of course, I included a snake to represent the Serpent, the instigator.
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