And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. Genesis 3:17-21
Before they sinned Adam and Eve had a very good life. There was fruit to eat all the time. All they had to do was pick some and eat. They tended the garden but the work was enjoyable and was relatively easy. Things changed after they chose to disobey God. Even with all our modern farming methods farming is hard work and often fails.
We contend with droughts, too much rain or rain at the wrong time. We constantly fight insects and disease. Weeds sap the nutrients and water from our crops and it seems like every unwanted plant and many of the wanted have thorns. The thorns are a particular problem for me. We have a few citrus plants in our backyard, a Meyer lemon, grapefruit and a couple of orange trees. Now the only one that regularly bears fruit is the lemon and although it is a thorn-less variety that does not mean no thorns. There are more than a few. Now the long ones I can usually avoid although I am occasionally scratched by them but it is the little ones that get me. Hard to see and extremely sharp and small, I am constantly pricking my fingers on them. I love the taste of the Meyer lemons but I sure wish I could pick them without bloodshed.
Of course that is what sin leads to, bloodshed. We shed our blood on the thorns and thistles that grow on and around our crops but sin requires much more blood than that to atone for our sins. Sin required that God come down to earth to live a perfect life as a man and then be sacrificed in order to pay the price of my sin and yours. Sin brought struggle and pain into the world. It separated us from God. Sin required innocent blood be shed on our behalf. The blood of Christ washes away all our sin and once we accept that sacrifice made on our behalf we too can regain our proper relationship with God.
Have a blessed day,