Day 13—January 18, 2019
God didn’t give Adam and Eve any instructions on spiritual warfare. There is no known teaching on the power of the name Jesus, no instruction on the power of their praise, nor is there any known emphasis on the power of His Word. These tools would be a great benefit later in the story. But right now their entire life was focused on maintaining divine order through relationship with God and spreading it through representing Him well.
ADAM AND EVE were to live responsibly and be productive, have children who would have children who would have children etc., and expand the borders of the Garden until the planet was covered by their rule. All of this flowed from their fellowship with God, walking with Him in the cool of the evening. This was their culture—their normal. We have much to glean in this picture of how to re-approach spiritual warfare in the day in which we live. I understand that since sin entered the equation the devil did, in fact, become a point of focus. But the Garden is worth reexamining, as Jesus made provision to bring us back into relationship with the Creator. Between Eden and the Cross, relationship was severed, and thus the Garden would not prove an accurate template for what was accessible to the people under this era. Things have since changed. In fact, the author of Hebrews reminds us time after time that the New Covenant in Christ’s blood has brought us into better and greater.
Daily Scriptures: HEB. 8
PRAYER Thank You, Jesus, for the New Covenant that has made a way for me to be in relationship with You like Adam and Eve were before the fall. I want to be aware of Your nearness and talk to You all throughout the day. Would You remind me just how close You are throughout the day?”