He was crafty. It seemed this serpent was meant to be a guardian, a cherub…
“You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering…
You were an anointed guardian cherub…You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you.” (Ezekiel 28v 13,14,15)
This cherub was meant to protect, but he became proud – “You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high” (Isaiah 14v13).
He allured Eve’s heart and wanted her and Adam for himself, so her delight was no longer for the Lord but instead for the tree and seeking to be like God – “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and it was a delight to the eye…she took of its fruit and ate.” (Genesis 3v6)
Adam ate too and their lives began to turn inwards. No longer a reflection of an outward God, but a reflection of an evil inward nature. Man fell.
The Lord walks in the Garden and calls out “Where are you?” Man and woman play hide and seek. It feels hopeless and heart wrenching.They are hiding from the one who loves them. They are in darkness, afraid to step into the light.
Today the Lord calls out “Where are you?“. He beckons us to return to him.
Christmas is about Jesus calling out “Where are you?”.
*Painting by BACKER, Jacob de