Shortly after Adam and Eve hid themselves, Jesus began to saunter through the garden, crying out for them. “This is so strange, they are normally eagerly awaiting my presence. I sense that something has gone wrong today! Adam and Eve, where are you? I want to be with you. Please come out to me.”
Adam stuck his head out from behind a bush. “We were afraid to come out before you because we are naked.”
Suddenly, the Father appeared at the side of His Son.
“Why did you eat of the fruit of this tree?” He pointed at Adam, “I told you it would make you die!”
Adam slipped out from behind the bush and crouched before the Father and Son, with Eve beside him. “The woman you gave me, as a helpmate,” pointing to Eve, “she took down the fruit, and persuaded me to take a bite.”
Eve bowed her head and began crying.
“The serpent told me.”
At this statement, both the hands of the Father and the Son rose up in fury and frustration.
“He told me that it would make me more like You, to know good from evil. And then the fruit enticed me, and tempted me to take a bite. I could not resist it! I thought that it would help us all to become even closer, if we are more like You,” argued Eve. She had no compulsion to beg forgiveness, repent, nor ask pardon from her Maker, only to make excuses and justify her actions.
The Father responded, not in anger, but in judgement, “My Son made you. We have given you a paradise in which to live, and have done nothing but good for you. How could you willfully disobey the one law I have given you, with the knowledge that such disobedience will cause you death?”
“Death? Death? What is death?” they cried, questioning each other, and clung together before their God, shaking violently in shame and uncertainly as to what was about to happen to them.
“We are sorry! We fell into temptation, desiring only to be more like You,” declared Adam.
“Yes,” responded the Father, “you now know what evil is, and unfortunately you must pay the consequences. Unholy acts must be punished in My Presence. You are now impure. Your precious purity is gone. Evil now lives within you and will confront you all the days of your lives, because that serpent, Satan, has now taken control of your heart. I am holy and cannot tolerate, nor accept sin and impurity. Your punishment for this disobedience will be multiple.”
Adam and Eve stood before God and His Son, helpless and guilty, awaiting their verdict from the Father.
During this discourse the serpent quietly slithered into the area to observe what would happen to Adam and Eve as a result of his victory over them.
The Father immediately sensed his presence and spoke directly to him.
“Because you have corrupted Our creation, cursed are you, more than every beast of the field. On your belly shall you wander the earth, dust shall you eat, all the days of your life. And man and woman will have enmity with you because of what you have caused them. He will crush your head, and you will bite his heel. An eternal battle will be besieged between you both.”
Then He turned to Eve, “Eve, you were made to propagate the earth with the seed of man, but this will not be effortless, nor an enjoyable experience. I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth. Your desire will be for your husband, and he shall rule over you. You will complete your task on earth, but with much pain.”
“Adam, because of your disobedience, and submission to your wife’s suggestion, cursed is the ground. It will no longer spring forth fruit for you. You will toil to make it produce, and not only fruit will grow, but also thorns and thistles to complicate your task. Your life will now be sweat and toil forever. And you will return to the dust of the ground from which My Son so gloriously made you.”
Jesus grieved in the background to hear of the decree of decay and decline of his perfect creation which had acted in rebellion to His Father.
God then turned to His Son. “Jesus, make them garments to clothe their nakedness that they now know and recognize. Their sin requires them to hide their created beauty from one another and not be filled with lust for one another. Clothe them according to your fine judgement.”
“Man has supposedly made himself as Us, knowing good and evil, but now evil resides within them and lives beside them through the serpent and his allies. We cannot permit them to eat of the Tree of Life and live forever! Because of their disobedience, they must taste death. They can no longer remain in the Garden of Eden, and must leave and live on the earth outside this paradise we have created for them.”
“I will station a trusted cherub to guard the Tree of Life in every direction to assure that no man shall ever taste of it,” decreed God.
The Father disappointingly turned and departed Eden, leaving His Son to carry out these last commands.
Jesus searched and found a beautiful beast, but had to execute him to obtain the skin to clothe Adam and Eve. As Adam observed the death of the animal and his blood spilling out upon the ground, he cried out, “Lord, I have never seen such a terrible scene!”
Jesus responded, “Adam, this is death, and, as My Father required me to do, I must kill this animal to secure skins to cover the shame, nakedness, and consequences of sin for you and Eve. This animal had to die for that purpose—to provide God’s provision for you, although be it only for a time.” This is a sacrifice for your sake, to clothe and cover your sin of nakedness which you now recognize. The blood cries out from the ground!”
After carefully crafting the skins into clothes for each one, he tenderly placed them on Adam and Eve. Then he escorted them out of Eden, and also ran out the serpent, threatening to bruise his head with his own holy heel.
Once outside Eden, Jesus turned to embrace them and said, “I must leave your fellowship now, for I cannot associate with your sinfulness. You must suffer the terrible consequences of your disobedience to the Father until you disappear in death from this earth. I pray that the memories of our time in paradise together will encourage you and guide you through the difficulties of your lives and the lives you propagate on earth to begin the race of man. Your disastrous decision has violently disrupted the original course of creation.”
“Jesus,” implored Adam, “The Father told us that now we will die! Please explain to us what is death is, and how it will affect us?”
“Death is the end of your existence on earth. What keeps you alive physically is the very blood in your bodies, which carries life giving air to your organs throughout. That same blood you saw spilling out from the beast from which I made your clothing. Your throbbing heart continually pushes this blood through your bodies, but one day, your heart will stop, and you will die, and your soul, which is your spiritual life, will depart. This living blood sustains your soul within your body. But, the evil that has now filled you, has destroyed the innocence of your soul, so now your soul must suffer for your sin eternally. Death is not good, and your sinful act will separate us forever. Our plan was to spend eternity with you in Eden!”
Adam and Eve gazed at one another in bitterness, unable to utter a single word after this explanation by their creator.
Jesus wept bitterly with them, grasped each one, and then tearfully turned to leave them alone on earth. He was filled with a desperate desire to consider with His Father some way to rescue and restore His lost creation that he loved so much and that his heart grieved so much to lose.