Genesis 2 is very poetic and romantic if I might add. Listen: “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh” (2:24). How many of us have heard this phrase in weddings, sermons, etc.? The garden scene is one of the most prolific creation narratives known to man. When, suddenly, out of nowhere the serpent appears in Gen. 3:1, “Now, the serpent…” The reader is not prepared for the serpent this soon in the narrative. Imagine, we have just finished celebrating the institutional constructs of marriage. We just cut the cake, had the first dance, and are back from the honeymoon. Then, without any prior notice, he kind of just pops up and crashes the party. Who is he? What does he represent? Well, it is clear that he, the serpent, represents evil. When we are able to
recognize the devil for who he is and what he represents, we can show him the door. We are able to rebuke him and bind his efforts in the name of Jesus. He has no place, no power, and no business trying to ruin what God has created. Let us be so in-tuned with the Spirit and the Word of God that we can recreate the garden narrative in our lives, in our marriages, and in the world.
Getting Back to the Garden,