Devotion based on Genesis 3& Revelation 21
by Hany N. Sadik
“He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.” (Gen. 3: 24)ESV .
It was essential for man/woman, in order to remain in Eden, to obey what God had said (the divine instruction), but unfortunately man longed for the forbidden, as we all often do, he/she risked his/her Eden with God for the sake of more knowledge, power, authority, independence, and above all to be more like God, who ironically had created him/her in his own image already. But man/woman wanted to be more like God in the wrong way, or in other harsh words: the satanic way, the way of the serpent; in a separating, challenging way, not in submission to the creator and his Word. That is how you and me drifted downward and lost our Eden with God.
Fortunately this was not the final word written in the story, for God, who created us in his own likeness had had good plans for us, but in his own way, remember He is God not us; He knows better, sees better, He is the founder of the whole universe, that is why we got to be humble, we shouldn’t be listening, all the time, to the serpent uttering sweet but fatal words in our ears , through the news, the media, in politics, economy, and in all the world’s wisdom of pride and lust, words which ignite revolution against our good creator and savior. Rather I urge you to trust in a good God, a hope in a deceiving world, submit to God’s will, walk in his ways, and be satisfied with his plans for your life. Restore your lost Eden with him, and the heavenly family (true believers in him) by putting your faith in Jesus: the God- man who apparently manifests the love of God to you (man/ woman) to a degree of being willed to die for you so that you be restored not to Eden but to a better Eden to the coming new holy city of God.
“And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Rev. 21: 2) ESV.