Can I tell you something? I have heard the story of Adam & Eve so. many. times. As in, so many. I knew it well enough that any repeat of the story seemed bland & uninteresting - embarrassingly enough. God made the earth and everything in it, he commanded Adam & Eve not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good & evil, and of course they ate away. It was an apple (okay, so we don't really know what kind of fruit it was - I just felt like saying that). Sin had officially entered the world through man and the serpent was happy at his job well done. Because of this, we all now have a sin problem, which poisons us from birth.
I recently just learned what I'm about to share with you, and it literally became a game-changer for me. Here it is: the entire Old Testament is about Jesus (!!!). That means the story of Adam & Eve isn't just about Adam & Eve. It's about OUR disobedience to God and the abundant grace offered to us through Jesus Christ. Don't you see? Sin and death entered our world as a result of one man's choice, but God, in his rich mercy, extended Himself to save us.
Romans 5:18-21 ESV
"Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
I've been working on a series of drawing depicting biblical characters & this is No. 2 in the series. Eve. Here she is in the garden, sin has entered and she's covered in ivy as a way to conceal herself. Her shame, embarrassment and humiliation. God doesn't set out laws of "do's" and "don'ts" to control us - he made us. He loves us. And he knows when we abide in Him, we can experience the life-giving presence of Jesus, a life that we can never give ourselves. Eve stepped out thinking she knew what was best, but God loved Eve (& Adam too, of course) and covered her with garments of skin. A sacrifice. Blood was shed to cover sin. This was a foreshadowing of Christ's sacrifice for us - His death on the cross as a substitute for our shame - so that we may be covered, clean, and seen as perfect in the sight of God. Redeemed. This is the story of all mankind. This is the story of Eve. This is my story. What a GIFT.
[Gift: : something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation.]