God’s first law was, like all His commandments, a wonderful expression of His love:
“You may surely eat of every tree of the garden,
but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil
you shall not eat” (Gen. 2:16-17).
God made everything good,
and when He told Adam not to eat from this tree
it was for his protection.
“Adam, you already know about good,
but you also need to understand that there is a terrible reality
in the universe called evil.
I don’t want you ever to experience it.
So whatever you do, don’t eat from this tree!”
But Adam and Eve felt that they would like to have this knowledge of evil,
and we have all lived with it ever since.
Instead of saying to Adam, “Cursed are you,”
God said, “Cursed is the ground because of you” (Gen. 3:17).
Here we discover one of the most important things
that we need to know about God.
He announces that He will destroy evil,
but at the same time He deflects the curse
so that it falls on the ground
and not on the man or the woman directly,
creating room for them to be reconciled to God.
God is just, and the curse must go somewhere,
so at the right time, God sent His Son
and directed the curse of our sin onto Him.
That is what the cross is all about.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.
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