In the beginning… (part 1): Childlike dependence on God

#2.1 of Living with Christ as our Source

*** This article is part of a blog series about what it means to live with Christ as our source. You can check out the Introduction to the series by clicking here. ***

It would only be appropriate to start at the very beginning (a very good place to start). 😉

Man and Woman have been created and placed in the garden together. God has created the heavens and the earth, the fish of the sea, the creatures of the land, and the birds of the sky. He has also created plants and vegetation on the earth designed to produce fruit for food. Additionally, he has placed two very special and unique trees in the garden. The tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God has told them that they can eat the fruit of any tree in the garden accept the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

This first account of God and man is very significant. It was the beginning. The first time we see a glimpse of untainted relationship between God and man. And there are definite characteristics to it. God is the creator and man is the created. God is the one giving man everything he needs for life, and man is the one learning what that means. He is like a little child in many ways. Looking to a Father for his every move. Needing His Father to show him how to brush his teeth, eat his food, and wipe his….mouth. He really is completely dependent. And that is exactly what we see in the initial relationship between God and man.

But then, sadly, everything changes. Man decides to live from a different source. Man decides to depend on someone else….

I have heard it many times said that in the beginning, man went his own way and that is what caused the fall. In some ways that is true. But it is not the whole picture. Man is like a child. He does not actually know how to “do his own thing” so to speak. He has been designed to live from a source. This is represented in all of life. Children need parents. The body needs food. The mind needs education. All external things giving us what we need to live and grow.  If you think carefully about your life and all the aspects of it, you will realise that nothing in fact comes from yourself. Everything is taken in from the outside, processed, and then released. Nothing actually originates from within you. Everything comes from an outside source. (More on this in future posts)

And in the beginning, we see two distinct sources. God, and Satan. Man is given instructions from God. Instructions by which to live and grow. He is told what to eat, and what not to eat. He is told what to do with his time and what his relationship should be with his wife. He is given everything he needs for life from God, his all sufficient source. But then, something new is introduced into the story… A new and different source. Let us take a look at it together:

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said,‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”  But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.  Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

Genesis 3: 1-7

Now, if you look at this closely, you will see that the Woman’s initial mistake was not eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. That only came later. In fact, it was deciding to listen to a different source: the serpent. Up until that point, both Adam and his Wife had relied completely on God for their “knowledge” of what to do and what not to do. In fact, you can see it in the Woman’s answer: “but God said,…” She does not claim to know what is right and wrong, she is simply telling the serpent what God had told them concerning what they were and were not allowed to do. In this you can see a complete reliance on what God had spoken. Not a knowledge of right and wrong, but a simple lifestyle that flowed from a relationship with God. His instructions, his ways, his words motivating their every move. Not their own thoughts, or their own ways, or their own understanding. Simply, God’s!

And in this we see a glimpse of what pure, untainted relationship was like with God. It was humble, almost childlike in nature. Only knowing what God says and needing nothing more. Living effectively and blissfully by listening to Him and doing only as He instructs. Essentially, living by the Word of God.

But then, something went terribly wrong…

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8 thoughts on “In the beginning… (part 1): Childlike dependence on God

  1. Wow, how wonderful to imagine a garden where one walks with the Lord, communes with the Trinity on a day to day basis, eating lovely fruit, enjoying God’s creation and sharing it with Him on a daily basis. Such divine community and intimacy with God – how foolish we can sometimes be to swop this wonderful exchange of Life between God and us with cheap, quick, fleshly alternatives that seem pleasurable but are never really satisfying.

    I wonder whether Adam and Eve wouldv’s swopped their wonderful communion with God in the garden of Eden for sin/disobedience had they known the implications there-of. Sometimes its such a pity that humans remain merely that, human. The grace is that God is so merciful and so gracious to always make a way for us to be with Him again, even amidst our weekness, fleshlyness and foolishness. Bless the Lord in His Faithfulness. Amen

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