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Blame It On Adam and Eve
by Wayne Blank
If you have ever had a vegetable garden, you can almost certainly relate with the above Scriptures, at least the part about weeds. They seem to be an endless chore anytime something good is being grown.
Before Adam and Eve (see The Creation Of Adam And Eve) disobeyed God, they "had it made." Life was very easy for them. But, they decided that they "knew better" than their Creator (see The Seven Days Of Creation). That Old Serpent certainly influenced them, but Satan cannot force anyone to disobey God. Adam and Eve chose to rebel, just as humanity has generally done ever since.
So, to teach an important lesson to the children that He deeply loves (see Why Does God Allow Suffering?), God has temporarily withdrawn much of His favor and protection in this present world - not because He has abandoned humans, but because humans have largely abandoned Him. Humanity traded absolute safety, perfect health, and endless happiness, that we had under God, to "do it our way" - crime, war, sickness, and grief. And yes, even weeds. The next time that you are out pulling weeds on a hot summer day, think of Adam and Eve - we (whoops! I mean they) are the reason for it all.
Adam and Eve's disobedient act, known to some as "original sin," also caused other kinds of "weeds" to spread through humanity down through time - defiant, unrepentant sinners. Of these, Jesus Christ had an ominous warning -
"As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His Kingdom [see The Kingdom of God] everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth [see The Last Day]. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father [see Why Were You Born?]. He who has ears, let him hear.'" (Matthew 13:40-43)
Fact Finder: Was Jesus Christ referred to as "the second Adam" Who will correct what the first Adam failed to do?