The Garden of Eden
"And God saw everything He had made and,
behold, it was very good."
It was a beautiful world, clean and pure. God
had finished making the earth, sky, sea, plants, animals,
birds and fishes and He had made the first man - Adam. God
had made Adam out of the dust of the ground, much the same
way as you perhaps would make a model out of plasticine.
God breathed into the man's nostrils and the
man became alive. Then God placed him in a garden in Eden.
We do not know exactly where the garden was but we are told
that it was a beautiful garden with plenty of water and with
many trees that produced good food to eat. It was Adam's job
to tend the garden and care for it.
Sadly, things were not to remain as they were
In the middle of the garden grew two special
trees. One was called the Tree of Life and the other was called
the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam was allowed to
take of the fruit of any tree in the garden, except one! God
told Adam that he was not allowed to eat the fruit of the
Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
For a while Adam did as he was told. He cared
for the garden and, when God brought all the animals and birds
to him, Adam gave them names. But Adam was lonely. He was
on his own, unlike the creatures that came to him - both male
and female. So God decided to create a companion for Adam
to help him in his work.
God made Adam fall into a deep sleep and, while
he slept, God took out one of his ribs. From this He made
a woman. Now Adam had a companion, a wife, and he called her
Eve. It seemed nothing could spoil their happiness. They wore
no clothes and did not need any. Whatever they did need they
got from the garden God had planted.
Now one of the animals God had made was a serpent,
a snake. It was cleverer than all the other animals and God
had allowed it to speak. One day, when Eve was on her own,
the serpent told her that if she ate of the fruit of the Tree
of Knowledge of Good and Evil she would not die. Instead she
would be wise and know the difference between good and evil.
Eve knew that she was not allowed to eat of the fruit but,
when she saw how good it looked, she gave in to the temptation
and ate some of it. Then she gave some to Adam and he also
ate of it!
Immediately Adam and Eve know that they had
done wrong. They had disobeyed God. They had sinned. They
recognised also that they were naked and hurriedly sewed some
fig leaves together to make some simple clothes. Then they
tried to hide from God.
How ashamed and afraid they must have felt,
especially when they very quickly realised that nothing can
be hidden from God. God knew what they had done but, instead
of saying "sorry" for his disobedience, Adam blamed
Eve and said that it was her fault. When God spoke to Eve,
she blamed the serpent! But they had all done wrong and they
were all punished.
Adam and Eve were banished from the garden.
They were told that they would eventually die and that their
bodies would turn back into the dust from which they had been
made. The ground would grow thorns and thistles and from that
moment on they would have to work hard to grow enough food
to eat. Animals were killed so that their skins would make
better clothes for Adam and Eve and God put an angel at the
entrance of the Garden of Eden so that they could not get
back in and eat of the Tree of Life.
Not a happy ending! Sadly we are all like Adam
and Eve. Ever since Adam first disobeyed God, men and women
have continued to do the same. Disobedience to God is called
sin and we all sin. We all do things we know to be wrong and
yet we cannot seem to help ourselves. That is our sinful nature
and we have all inherited it from the first man, Adam, who
disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden.