Adam and Eve had to leave the Garden of Eden because of their sin. Can you find the word "sin" in the painting?
Then the Lord God said, “The people have become as we are, knowing everything, both good and evil. What if they eat the fruit of the tree of life? Then they will live forever!” So the Lord God banished Adam and his wife from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made. — Genesis 3:22-23 (NLT)
God knew when He created Adam and Eve they would let Satan trick them into doing wrong and die, but He loved them anyway, and already had a plan to save them. They believed that eating the fruit would give them the knowledge of good and evil, like God. Do you think it’s sad they didn’t stop to think they already knew all about Good? How long do you think it was before they saw how awful it was to know about evil? How God’s heart must have hurt to have to drive them from the Garden He’d made just for them, even though He’d always known it would happen. Do you think He cried with them when they found out the garden they had chosen would be full of weeds and thorns and hard work and tears? Do you think they ever knew that because of their choice, everyone on earth would live with tears and hard things? The Good News is that “…God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) He’s getting an even more wonderful place ready, where He plans to spend forever walking and talking with everyone who chooses Him.
Today's PrayerLord Jesus, You are the only perfect One. Only You are good enough to pay for the sins of the world. Thank You for loving us enough to die so we can live forever with You. Help us to live so people want to know more about You.
Today's Activity:Discuss why God couldn’t let Adam and Eve stay in the Garden and live forever after they sinned. Ask your children if they know who God’s one and only Son is. Ask them if they want to ask Him into their hearts. Help them create “refrigerator art” or a poster for their room with the “ABCs” of Salvation:
A – Admit you are a sinner and choose the wrong things.
B – Believe Jesus died so you don’t have to die to pay for the wrong you choose.
C – Choose to live for Jesus.