“‘Did God…say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?'” – Gen. 3:1 (NLT)
Then goes the famous story of the Fall of Man: the woman eats the “apple”, the man eats the “apple”,God curses the slithering lizard, and the couple says goodbye to dear paradise. The End.
Indeed, the text portrays the Deity as “anti-sin”. From the texts:
I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy…. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it…. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return… – Gen. 3:16-19 (NLT)
certainly, he “loves” sins. These reveal how God is just especially when punishments are due. However, behind the banishment is a father who is not only a just God but also a heavenly “daddy”.
Firstly, God is concerned with His lost children. Genesis 3:8 reveals His care for the two through his “‘Where are you?'” If a three-year-old daughter got scrambled up in a crowd in the train station, the first instinct of a parent is to cry “Where are you, Chris?” Similarly, when God sees his children absent in the garden of Eden, His instinct is to stride through paradise and call “‘Where are you?'”
Secondly, God pacifies. Genesis 3:20 tells readers of God’s making of “clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife”. Despite the eternal banishment, the Father “lessens” the punishment by simple means of clothing His children. Similarly, after a mother’s spanking her five-year-old son for breaking her precious vase, “mommy” still bakes him brownies after supper and rinses his mud-filled underwear 24/7. Thus, in spite of every pain in the hides of Adam and Eve, God still loves them.
Indeed, God is a Heavenly Father who cares and pacifies for His children. Every gong of 12:00 M.N. means God’s success in creating another day for Chris, Anna, Mark, and the millions of His children around the world. In the face of sheer discipline from the wrath of SPANKton, God remains a loving “daddy”. However, the gong of my mother’s voice of “Lunch Time” means I need to go before she gives me a SPANKton. Oh well, at least rib-eyed stake is on the menu for the today. Haha!