What is this that thou hast done?
This question is far-reaching. It can be said that every murder, every theft, even the tiniest disappointment has its roots in the Garden of Eden. The collapse of society began when the Man and Woman succumbed to deceit and unbelief, and relinquished the honor of walking with God. Creation has never recovered from this decision to sin. The Scripture says that creation “groans” for the remedy.
And the remedy is before us. The remedy is a Person. The remedy is Christ. Only He can repair the extensive damage done on that day in the Garden. Only He can set aright the misdirected course upon which we all travel.
God dispensed a curse when Man fell in sin. To the serpent, it was traveling on its belly, eating dust, and realizing enmity with the Seed of the woman. To the woman, it would be increased pain in childbirth. To the man, the ground, his only sustenance, would be cursed. Thorns and thistles would be his cash crop. Quite a grim look to the horizon was offered that day!
Yet God, who sees from one end of things to the other, could see beyond all this. His vision was set upon a single day in history yet future. His sights were upon a hill outside Jerusalem thousands of years away. On this hill the fix-all for the curse would be found. On this hill, His only Son would give His life. The sinless Son of God would take the place of the sinner and the rebel, and abolish the strong grasp that sin and death had around our throats. By dying, He would gain the victory.
How amazing to think that every element of the curse is dealt with at the cross of Calvary! The curse of the ground? “And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head…” The curse of the pain of childbirth? God sent His Son to be “born of a woman”. What about the curse upon the serpent? “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;”
So thank the Lord today for his thorough dealing with the curse. Realize that the Lamb that was slain is worthy of all our affections!