I was lying in bed at about 2:00 a.m. the day before yesterday when something popped in my head that made me jump out of bed to go write it down. Genesis 3:6 came to mind. What were the first 2 sins? I saw that the first sin was Eve disobeying God’s command not to eat of the fruit, and the second sin was giving it to Adam for him to eat, tempting him into sin. So the first sin was against God, and the second sin was against man. When Christ was on earth, He said that all the law and the prophets hang on the two greatest commandments: 1. To love God with all your heart, soul, mind. 2. Love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:35-40). Loving God means you won’t intentionally sin against Him, and loving your neighbor as yourself would prevent you from sinning against them, AND causing or leading your neighbor to sin. Therefore, the two greatest commandments are the opposite of the first two sins. I hadn’t realized that before.
Another thing that God allowed me to see, which I knew already, but it hadn’t resonated within me so strongly as it did this day was that God’s will is for us to depend and rely solely on Him for everything. In the garden, the presence of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, although forbidden, provided the opportunity for man to choose to obey or disobey God. After they ate the fruit and their eyes were opened to good and evil, they became self-dependent, trusting in their own works and devices apart from God-e.g. making the fig leaf garments to cover the shame of their nakedness, and hiding from God. Christ, “the last Adam”(1Corinthians 15:45) came to provide salvation, (through His death on the cross, shed blood, burial, and resurrection) the means for us to be united back to God and eventually lead us back to the “pre-fruit” state of man, so to speak…To get us to the point where we don’t trust in our own works, that we acknowledge the fact that God is all we need to sustain us, and after the course of this world plays out we’ll live eternally with the Father in a sinless state–like what would have happened if man hadn’t fallen in the first place. So, basically, the conclusion of Revelation brings us back to man’s original state in Genesis, where we’ll forever remain..united with the Father.
Overall, it seems to me that one of the main themes/points driven home in the Bible, beside His ultimate goal to reconcile men back to Himself, is that God wants us to get away from being dependent upon anyone/anything other than Him..To love Him, acknowledge Him in all our ways, seek Him first, and obey Him..to honor Him. Again, to a degree, I’ve known this, but just the other day it rang as clear as a bell in my spirit, and it’s even more motivation to continue to strengthen my relationship with the Father and to let nothing draw my attention away from Him.