Our government places these information signs on the road for our safety. They tell us what we can and cannot do. If we break those laws we are under judgment of the law and will suffer consequences. God works in a similar way. He tells us what we can do and what we must not do, and He also describes to us what the consequences will be. He does this for our own safety.
God told us in the book of Genesis that He had explained all this to Adam and Eve. He told them that He made the garden of Eden for them. He instructed them to care for the garden and all the animals. He also told them what they could eat. God gave them the trees, even the tree of life. The world today dreams of a mythical fountain of life to avoid growing old and dieing, yet the true tree of life was already given to us and yet mankind did not respect God's rules regarding this.
Genesis 2:9, "And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil."(KJV)All Eve had to do was obey God. How much more simple could God have been? "You may eat of ALL the trees, even the tree of LIFE, but this ONE tree thou shalt NOT eat of." Obedience, you see it's the principle of the matter. God's Word is described as bring His principles.
The dictionary definition of principle is; 'a fundamental, primary, or general law or truth from which others are derived'. Fundamental is defined as; 'being an original or primary source'. To me it's clear, simply obey. Obeying is the fundamental principle that God gives us.
We struggle with obedience because we have a flesh that we war with everyday. However, the more we practice obeying the easier it becomes. In order to practice obedience we need to bite our tongues from speaking against our authorities, and just do it! Even if we are struggling on the inside, if we put obedience into practice the feeling of joy through obedience will grow within us.
If we continue to live in disobedience, then we must realize that there are consequences. For Adam and Eve their consequence was to taste death. They no longer could live forever and they had to work with their hands in the field. Eve had to suffer pain in childbirth as her consequence and placed under the authority of her husband to keep her safe from the enemy. She showed, by her example, that she didn't have the strength to avoid sin.
Genesis 2:16 & 17, "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."(KJV)
Let's remember God's principle to obey. The word 'obey' is first seen in;
Genesis 22:18, " And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice."
There's a lot of time between Adam and Eve, and Abraham, yet the word obey does not appear in the Bible before Abraham's time. Let's put obedience into practice and let it not be said that obedience was not taught until our great great grandchildren are born.
(Originally published at Growing in Grace Magazine for Ladies)