We reap what we sow. An apple tree bears an apple fruit. In the same token, what we sow we will reap. If we sow a love we will reap love and if we sow hate we will also harvest hate. Whatever it is we have planted in our own lives it will eventually come back to us. The first man and woman God created who sewed death were Adam and Eve.
The day they ate the forbidden fruit which God had commanded them not to do was the day they were banished from the garden of Eden and the consequences soon followed. The curse came upon Eve and Adam as well as the serpent, God said to the woman, “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception, In pain, you shall bring forth children; your desire shall be your husband, and he shall rule over you.” Now, you understand why women have a tendency to become dominant or control their husbands?
Then to Adam, God said, “Cursed is the ground for your sake, in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face, you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken for dust you are and dust you shall return.” -Genesis 3:16-19
Why did God place the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the midst of the Garden?
God has given us free will to choose. The moment a choice is taken away from us is the moment we become tyrants. God didn’t create robots that have no ability to reason, think, and make any decision. It wasn’t like God had set them up but God wanted them to obey His command. However, they’ve chosen the latter to disobey him.
Because of Adam and Eve’s sin, death reign that’s why God had a plan B by sending His one and only Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross to have eternal life to those who believe in Him. John 3:16. 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.“
Romans 5:12, “Therefore just as though one man sin entered the world and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men because all sinned. Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by one man’s offense many died much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ abounded to many. Verse 17, “For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one much more, those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
Fear the Lord
12 And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?
14 To the Lord, your God belongs the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. 15 Yet the Lord set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today. 16 Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer. 17 For the Lord, your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. 18 He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. 19 And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. 20 Fear the Lord your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name. 21 He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes. 22 Your ancestors who went down into Egypt were seventy in all, and now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky.
Although God forgives our sin and wrong choices in life, we will still reap the consequences. Even David who was known by a man after God’s heart when he committed adultery with Bethsheba and committed a crime by killing her husband Uriah. David also endured the consequences as we read the book of Samuel.
Samuel 12:16, “The Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David and it became ill. David; therefore, pleaded with God for the child, and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground.” David’s child eventually died and he washed his face from fasting. David said, Samuel 12:22, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept for I said, who can tell whether the Lord will be gracious to me that the child may live? But now he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him but he shall not return to me.”
God offered forgiveness as David repented as you read Psalm 51.
“God renders to each one according to his work”-Psalm 63:12
There are consequences when we obey or disobey God’s command as spoken by Jeremiah, the prophet in Jeremiah 11:3, “Cursed is the man who does not obey the words of this covenant which I commanded your fathers in the day I brought them out of the land of Egypt. Obey my voice and do according to all that I commanded you, so shall you be My people and I will be your God that I may establish the oath which I have sworn to your fathers to give them a land flowing with milk and honey.“
Jeremiah 17:7, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river and will not fear when heat comes, but its leaf will be green and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”