WEEK 12: LOVE + MERCY
‘The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 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.” So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 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.”’
Adam and Eve made a really big mistake. They got tempted by the snake (the enemy) to disobey God and eat the fruit from the tree that He told them not to eat from. When they ate from the tree they opened the door to a world of sin and brokenness. Shame and guilt came over them which caused them to hide from God. They both walked so closely with God, but their sin caused them to avoid someone that they had once called friend (God). Adam and Eve knew that God was going to be really upset with them and they were afraid of receiving a really harsh punishment.
When Adam and Eve tell God what they did, He is heartbroken. Even though God was hurt by their choice He does not do anything to harm his creation. However, He is forced to make the decision to remove them from the Garden of Eden. The Garden was a place where they were supposed to live happily with God forever. There was no sin, no shame, no brokenness and no death. Adam and Eve could no longer live in this paradise because they were now exposed to sin. We have learned that God created things to live forever in the Garden of Eden. In His bigger plan God did not want sin and brokenness to continue forever. Even though Adam and Eve made a mistake, God already created a solution to this mistake. God loves humans so much that he created an expiration date to destroy sin and brokenness through his son, Jesus.
Even though God had to remove Adam and Eve from the Garden, He still had so much love for them. Adam and Eve both realized that they were naked and were so ashamed. God decided in this moment to make clothes out of animal skins for Adam and Eve to cover them. God has mercy and compassion on them and protects them even though they have really hurt Him. Isn’t it cool to know that no matter what mistakes that we have made or will make in the future that God still loves us? We learn that even though we as human beings make really terrible choices, God always has mercy on us. Did you know that God made a promise to his people that he will keep carrying them when they are old and gray and that he will always be there to save them (Isaiah 46:4 MSG)? God’s compassion is seen through Jesus who is sent to the world to show us that God never gives up on us.The bible tells us that nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39)”
GO A LITTLE DEEPER:
What did you think when God made clothes for Adam and Eve? Would you have done that?
Now that you known more about God’s promises to Adam, Eve, and you, how do you think you might respond next time you have feelings of guilt or shame?
GO BIG + GO HOME!
Here are a couple of fun activities to help your little storymakers to further connect to what we have been uncovering about God.
Paper Heart Garland. You will need two pieces of ribbon or string, a stapler, card paper, and scissors.
Stained Glass Hearts. You will need a bag of jolly rancher candy, silicon heart mold, and access to an oven.
String Hearts. You will need colorful yarn, thick card stock, large threading needle, pencil, eraser, scissors and a heart template.