Genesis 3 NIV reads:
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me–she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all 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 make your pains in childbearing very severe;
with painful labor 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 fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from 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.
21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
This was a very tragic story and affected to the rest of all human race (“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 NIV).
Let put this fall (the word “fall” is not the right word because it refers to an accident) into a graph.
On the vertical line (the y-axis), there is a scale of 1 to 10 in the line, from the beginning of 10 at the top, which is, the perfect conditions, to the end of 1 at the bottom, which is, the least perfect conditions. On the horizontal line (the x-axis), there is a scale of 1,000 years. Genesis 5 NIV says, “Altogether, Adam lived a total of 930 years, and then he died.” Le’t start at the scale of 10 in the vertical line (the y-xis) on the graph, Adam & Eve lived in the perfect conditions and place where God created, so the scale of 10 signifies the perfection. We know Adam did not die immediately at the very moment of committing sin. He lived to 930 years (before the flood, people used to live for almost 1,000 years). The line started at scale of 10 and then goes downward to reaching 930 years on the horizontal scale. This is the Adam’s original sin that passed to the rest of humanity.
Now let’s draw Jesus the Savior into a line on this same graph. Luke 3:23 NIV reads, “Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry…” Then He spent about 3 years to complete His public ministry on earth according to a church tradition. Altogether His life on earth was about 33 years. Let’s draw a line beginning at the scale of 1 on the vertical line (the y-axis). Jesus was born under the “cursed ground” on earth because of Adam’s sin (our sin), which is, very imperfect conditions. Then the drawing line goes upward until He reached at the end of His public ministry at the age of 33. At this point He reached at the perfect 10 in scale. He gained what we lost. This is what Jesus accomplished for us through His death and resurrection. That is one of the reasons why He is called as the last Adam (“But the last Adam–that is, Christ–is a life-giving Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 15:45b NLT). In drawing, Adam and Jesus show a symmetry pattern like a X-shape.
This brings to the following conclusion. Adam failed in the PERFECT conditions in the midst of the presence of God the Creator. Now the opposite is true that we are now destined to find the ‘thing’ we lost in the very IMPERFECT conditions (the “cursed ground” as hardship, difficulties, disasters under “the prince of the power of the air,” Ephesians 2:2 ) through in the image of the Jesus’ pattern of the path shown in the graph. Those who are not initiated by God to find Him, they are simply stretching their line (most likely a flat line), staying on the same level, to the end of their life on the graph (we are all born in sin; therefore, we take this pattern unless we find Him by faith. That is where His grace and mercy are demonstrated in order for us to choose life through Jesus the Savior. – T