Back to Eden
“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” (Gen. 3:15, NIV).
In His endless wisdom, God created man and woman to crown the work that He did. The first couple should live in complete harmony and happiness, not only between themselves, but with the Creator too. Even after sin, the first families were to preserve the same model of a home that God had purposed. In Palestine most of the families consider the father a compassionate man. They loved him and had a great loyalty and respect for him. In these cultures the man was the head of a family and the wives accepted and respected this tradition that was created by God in the Garden of Eden. “ ‘Your desire will be for your husband’ ” (Gen. 3:16, NIV).
When man and woman were created, they lived on the same level, one fulfilling the other. It should be like this for eternity. “Eve was created from a rib taken from the side of Adam, signifying that she was not to control him as the head, nor to be trampled under his feet as an inferior, but to stand by his side as an equal, to be loved and protected by him. A part of man, bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh, she was his second self; showing the close union and the affectionate attachment that should exist in this relation. ‘For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it.’ ‘Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one.’ ”*
Since the creation of the world, Satan has tried, through sin, to destroy all the beauty and perfection that existed in the first home. Through His blood, Christ gave us a chance to live that beauty again in this world and promises eternal life when He comes back and returns us to the restored Eden. God created a perfect, happy couple: “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Gen. 1:27, NIV). Sin destroyed the family nucleus: It “entered the world . . . , and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned” (Rom. 5:12, NIV).
Christ will come to restore and save our home. “ ‘I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’ ” (John 10:10, NIV).
*Ellen G. White, The Adventist Home, p. 25.
Marcelo Robaina dos Santos, Canoas, Brazil