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In the Garden
Sin's curse and its cure are found in the garden | 6

Revelation's Seven Trumpets | 3
SHINE Family Bible Camp | 4
Banana Carob Smoothie | 13
Here where we live in Missouri, summer is in full force! The days are
long, the temperature is hot, and the humidity is high. My family is enjoying
time in the garden, and my young children are learning what tomatoes and
squash and cucumbers look like on the vine. The dark days of winter are long
gone, and for me, this is a powerful reminder of God's promise to rescue us
from the darkness of sin and bring us to a better place, to a heavenly home
with an "eternal summer" where the miracle of life never ends!
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The garden reveals sin's curse and its cure.

Tim Rumsey

G od is love” (1 John 4:8). Ac-
cording to the Bible, there
is no more basic truth than this.
and misuse of the word love. The
result? A view of God that strips
Him of nearly all His divine quali-
But most people, even many Chris- ties and replaces them with a wa-
tians, don’t believe it. Not really. It’s tered down and superficial “love.”
not that they don’t want to, they Who is God, and what
just haven’t ever seen, for them- does it really mean that He is
selves, Who the God of the Bible love? The answer may surprise
is, and what He promises to do for you. And it’s found in two gar-
them. Too often, Christians see the dens—the Garden of Eden and
God of the Bible as little different the Garden of Gethsemane.
than the other gods worshipped in How did God create humanity?
the world, and their picture of Him The Bible says that “God cre-
reflects more fear, apprehension, ated man in his own image, in
and distrust, than love. For other the image of God created he him”
Christians, their understanding (Genesis 1:26,27). What this im-
of God’s character is shaped and age refers to is revealed in the rela-
influenced by our culture’s abuse tionship between Jesus Christ and
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God the Father. The Bible says that of life and the tree of the knowl-
Christ is “the express image of his edge of good and evil. Speaking to
person” (Hebrews 1:3). The two Adam, God “commanded the man,
words "express image" are a trans- saying, Of every tree of the gar-
lation of the Greek word charaktēr, den thou mayest freely eat: But of
from which we get the English the tree of the knowledge of good
character. When God created hu- and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for
manity to reflect His image, He in the day that thou eatest thereof
intended us to have His character. thou shalt surely die” (Genesis
What is God’s character like? 2:16,17). God commanded Adam
to obey for one simple reason—
Just a few verses after stating that
because Adam was able to obey.
Jesus Christ is the “express im-
age” of the Father, the Bible reveals Consider this fascinating ob-
that God “hast loved righteous- servation from the book Steps to
ness and hated iniquity” (Hebrews Christ: “It was possible for Adam,
1:9). There are many people who before the fall, to form a righteous
profess to love righteousness, but character by obedience to God’s
law.”1 Adam was created with the
exhibit little or no hatred of sin.
ability to choose obedience, and
This is not the character of God.
through this choice to form a righ-
Likewise, there are others that
teous character. At creation, God
profess to hate sin, and who mili-
placed obedience and righteous-
tantly fight against injustice in this
ness in the realm of human choice.
world, but who also fail to exhibit
genuine love. This, too, is not God’s But even in Eden’s perfect,
sin-free environment, God did
character. God’s character is a per-
not expect Adam to form a righ-
fect balance between loving what
teous character alone, by his own
is right, and hating what is sinful.
power. As a symbol and reminder
And like any good parent, God’s
of where this righteousness came
purpose has always been to in-
from, God clothed Adam and Eve
still these two basic aspects of His
with a robe of light. “This sinless
character in His human children.
pair wore no artificial garments.
What was possible for humanity They were clothed with a cover-
before sin? ing of light and glory, such as the
When God created Adam and angels wear.”2 And what did this
Eve, He placed them in the Gar- covering of light represent? “The
den of Eden. In the center of this garment that…covered them…
magnificent paradise stood the tree represented the righteousness of
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Christ.”3 They were the first hu- the doctor to share your biopsy
mans to experience the promise of report. Opening his mouth, the
Isaiah 61:10, “I will greatly rejoice doctor says, “I’m sorry, but the test
in the Lord, my soul shall be joy- came back positive. You have can-
ful in my God; for he hath clothed cer.” The doctor has three options
me with the garments of salva- to choose from, and these options
tion, he hath covered me with the are essentially the same as the
robe of righteousness.” As long as ones God has in dealing with sin.
Adam and Eve remembered that In Option A, the doctor wads
their ability to obey and choose up the biopsy report and throws
righteousness came from God, it into the trashcan. “Don’t worry
they were safe from temptation. about that,” he says, “just ignore the
What changed when Adam sinned? test results! You don’t want to live
One day, Adam and Eve chose in fear, do you?” We may laugh or
to trust their own wisdom and cringe, but many people view God’s
power. They ate the fruit from response to sin this way. “Don’t
the forbidden tree of knowledge worry about the law of God,” they
of good and evil, and plunged insist, “just ignore it! You don’t
humanity into judgment and want to live in legalism, do you?” In
condemnation. “[B]y one man’s this scenario, the doctor and God
offence death reigned…[and] would both be guilty of malpractice.
judgment came upon all men to In Option B, the doctor reaches
condemnation…[and] many were under his desk, pulls out a hand-
made sinners” (Hebrews 5:17-19). gun, and points it at you. “I’m
Now servants to sin, Adam and sorry," he says, "but the cancer
Eve could no longer obey God’s must be destroyed.” With that,
law or form a righteous charac- he pulls the trigger. Again, we
ter. As Romans 6:20 states, “For cringe, but many people view
when ye were the servants of sin, God this way, as a stern judge ea-
ye were free from righteousness.” ger to destroy the guilty sinner. In
As a result of sin, humanity imme- this scenario, the doctor and God
diately lost the freedom of choice would both be guilty of murder.
that God had given at creation. There is, however, a final option,
How did God respond to sin? one that any good doctor will pur-
Imagine that you are sitting in sue. In Option C, the doctor smiles
the doctor’s office, holding hands and says, “Don’t be afraid. It might
with your spouse and waiting for take some time, and it might hurt,
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As long as Adam and Eve remembered that their
ability to obey and choose righteousness came
from God, they were safe from temptation.
but I am going to do everything I Or had God merely threatened
can to cure your disease.” And this Adam to scare him into obedience?
is exactly what God promises to do The answer is found 4,000 years
with sin. “For this is my covenant later in another garden, with an-
unto them, when I shall take away other Man. When Jesus entered
their sins” (Romans 11:27). As the Garden of Gethsemane hours
with fighting cancer, the process before His death, He turned to
takes time and is difficult, for sin His disciples and said, “My soul
is not merely a legal problem. It is exceeding sorrowful, even unto
is a disease of the heart and mind death” (Matthew 26:38). He was
that must be cured. As a sign of His quoting from Isaiah 53, a passage
promise to take away their sin, God that describes the suffering of the
gave Adam and Eve “coats of skins” Savior: "Therefore will I divide
(Genesis 3:21). This visual symbol, him a portion with the great, and
given on the day they sinned, rep- he shall divide the spoil with the
resented a very real spiritual real- strong; because he hath poured out
ity. A Substitute had been found to his soul unto death: and he was num-
pay the penalty of their sin, and to bered with the transgressors; and he
eventually cure the disease itself. bare the sin of many, and made
What is the penalty for sin? intercession for the transgressors"
The penalty for sin is death the (Isaiah 53:12, emphasis added).
same day that one becomes guilty of According to this prophecy,
sin, for God had warned Adam that the soul of the Messiah would be
“in the day that thou eatest” from “poured out” at the very moment
the tree of the knowledge of good when the guilt of the world’s sins
and evil, “thou shalt surely die” was laid upon Him. It was at this
(Genesis 2:17). But Adam didn’t moment, as Christ entered the
die that day, or the next. He didn’t dark shadows of Gethsemane,
die that week, or later that month. that He became, in the full-
In fact, Adam lived nearly 1,000 est sense, the world’s sin-bearer.
years—930, to be exact. So did Jesus had been earnestly
God lie? Did He change His mind? conversing with His disciples
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and instructing them; but as He alty of sin. Sweating “great drops
neared Gethsemane, He became of blood” (Luke 22:44), He finally
strangely silent. He had often
breathed the prayer of submission,
visited this spot for meditation
and prayer; but never with a “Not as I will, but as thou wilt”
heart so full of sorrow as upon (Matthew 26:39). The book The De-
this night of His last agony…He sire of Ages provides this amazing
seemed to be shut out from the description of what happened next.
light of God’s sustaining pres-
“Having made the decision, He fell
ence. Now He was numbered
with the transgressors. The guilt dying to the ground from which He
of fallen humanity He must had partially risen.”6 Christ would
bear. Upon Him who knew no have died right then, right there,
sin must be laid the iniquity of mere moments after accepting
us all.4 the guilt of human sin. However,
How quickly did Christ die after
a light shone forth amid the
accepting the guilt of sin? stormy darkness of the crisis
Night had fallen when Jesus hour, and the mighty angel who
entered Gethsemane, for it was al- stands in God’s presence, occu-
ready dark when the disciple Judas pying the position from which
Satan fell, came to the side of
left the upper room some time be-
Christ. The angel came not to
fore (John 13:30). Today, we would take the cup from Christ’ hand,
call this Thursday evening, but in but to strengthen Him to drink
the Bible, the new day begins at it, with the assurance of the Fa-
sunset, not midnight.5 Therefore, ther’s love.7
it was actually in the early hours of The angel strengthened Jesus
the sixth day, or Friday, when Jesus just enough so that He could
entered Gethsemane and accepted live a few more hours, suf-
the guilt of every sin. On that same fer longer, and die on the cross.
day, less than twenty-four hours In the Garden of Eden, God
later, Jesus died (Mark 15:34-37). warned Adam and Eve that the
However, the effect of sin’s guilt penalty of sin was death that same
on the Son of God was even more day. Yet when they did sin, the Son
immediate than His death on the of God stepped in between them
cross. As Jesus lay on the ground in and sin’s penalty, and became the
Gethsemane, He wrestled with the “Lamb slain from the foundation
decision to accept and pay the pen- of the world” (Revelation 13:8).

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Less than twenty-four h
Thousands of years later, as that people have received “justifica-
Lamb entered the Garden of Geth- tion of life”? All men. What does
semane, the guilt of sin was fully this mean? It doesn’t mean that all
placed upon Him, and He suffered people will be saved. God respects
the penalty—death that same day. our freedom of choice too much
What changed for humanity to force us into heaven. But it does
when Jesus Christ died? mean that Jesus Christ has pur-
When Adam sinned, “death chased back the human will from
reigned…[and] judgment came the power of Satan. And, through
upon all men to condemnation... the promise of a Savior, He im-
[and] many were made sinners” mediately gave back the power
(Romans 5:17-19). This certainly is of choice to humanity, mere mo-
true, but it is only half the gospel. ments after Adam and Eve sinned.8
The other half of the gospel—the Far too many Christians believe
gloriously amazing half—is con- only the first half of the gospel—the
tained in the ellipses. The truth half that says we are condemned to
revealed in the other half of the death and doomed to continue sin-
gospel explains what Jesus Christ ning until we get to heaven. “I was
has made possible for humanity. born a sinner,” they say, “and there-
Let’s read all of Romans 5:17. fore it’s impossible to obey God.
“For if by one man’s offence death Why even try?” Sadly, these Chris-
reigned by one; much more they tians focus on sin rather than on
which receive abundance of grace the Savior! God promises that a life
and of the gift of righteousness shall of loving obedience to Him is pos-
reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” sible! Consider this amazing prom-
God’s gift to humanity is righteous- ise: “Neither yield ye your members
ness through Jesus Christ! What as instruments of unrighteous-
about the next verse? Here is what ness unto sin: but yield yourselves
all of Romans 5:18 says. “Therefore unto God, as those that are alive
as by the offence of one judgment from the dead, and your mem-
came upon all men to condemna- bers as instruments of righteous-
tion; even so by the righteousness of ness unto God” (Romans 6:13).
one the free gift came upon all men The Bible concludes with a
unto justification of life.” How many wonderful promise of what is pos-

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sible for humanity through the The power of choice, lost in
power of Jesus Christ. “Blessed are Eden, was regained in Geth-
they that do his commandments, semane. God’s character—placed
that they may have right to the tree originally in mankind at cre-
of life, and may enter in through ation, then lost through sin—
the gates into the city” (Revela- can be reformed in men and
women today. Truly, God is love!
tion 22:14). Notice that obedience
to God’s commandments comes 1 E.G. White, Steps to Christ, p. 62.
first, then the reward of immor- 2 E.G. White, The Story of Redemption, p. 21.
tality and access to the tree of life. 3 E.G. White, Experiences in Australia, p. 150.
God does not change, and the re- 4 E.G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 685
quirements for eternal life now (emphasis added).
5 See Genesis 1:5,8,13,19,23,31 and Psalm
and in the future are the same 55:17.
as they were for Adam and Eve. 6 E.G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 693.
The condition of eternal life 7 Ibid.
is now just what it always has 8 Evidence for this is seen in Genesis 4:7,
been,—just what it was in Para- where God urges Cain to resist evil and
dise before the fall of our first choose obedience. If it was impossible
for humanity to resist temptation after
parents,—perfect obedience to Adam’s sin, God would not have urged
the law of God, perfect righ- Cain to choose the right.
teousness.9 9 E.G. White, Steps to Christ, p. 62.

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Banana Carob Smoothie
Prep: 5 mins | Total: 5 mins | Yield: 1 to 2 servings
Ingredients
1/4 cup raw almonds
3 frozen bananas, cut into 1” to 2” chunks
1/3 cup vanilla almond milk, vanilla soy milk, or canned coconut milk
1 teaspoon Teeccino Vanilla Nut Naturally Caffeine-Free Herbal Coffee (optional)
2 tablespoons carob powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions
Place almonds, milk, carob powder, Teeccino (optional), salt, vanilla, and
approximately 1 1/2 frozen bananas in blender. (A heavy-duty blender works
best for this recipe; other blenders may not get the mixture smooth enough.)
Blend until bananas are mostly blended. Add remaining banana and blend
until fairly smooth. Mixture will be thick; I find it blends best by alternating
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Notes
1. Don’t skip the step of freezing bananas – this step is essential for a rich,
creamy, sweet smoothie. And definitely don’t add ice cubes – it doesn’t work.
2. For a sweeter smoothie, add 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup.
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