So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” 16 To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” 17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” 20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living. Genesis 3:14-20 (NIV)
If we could only go back in time – time before sin’s big moment — think about all the things that would be different.
No pain in child bearing.
“Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.” Genesis 3:17 (NIV)
For the wages of sin is death…. Romans 6:23 (NIV)
There would be no death. If sin had not entered the world…The nightly news would be celebrations.The Daily Newspaper would print events of joy. There would be no obituaries. There would be no ads selling things because everyone would have what they need without cost. There would be no homeless shelters, no hospitals for the sick, no funeral homes, no unemployment, no police, fire, military, for all would be in harmony.
Sadly, sin came and life hasn’t been the same. BUT God saw the day of sin and the day of salvation before either came to be! And even better…
…he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment–to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. Ephesians 1:9-10 (NIV)
God foresaw THE DAY when the Savior would come and save the world in sin.
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. 2 Corinthians 5:19 (NIV)
Thank You, Father, for seeing both the sin and the solution in eternity before the foundation of the world. All things are in Your hands, and all things in the hands of Christ have been redeemed by His blood. Help us, Holy Spirit, to live in the triumph of the cross and the joy of our salvation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.