Monday, October 27, 2008

Reversal

I'm getting old. I don't remember what I know or have read. Is a thought new or did I read it the other day? Trevor Hudson's book 'Questions God Asks Us' (which in my opinion is brilliant) reminded me that everything started in a garden (Eden) and finished in a garden (the garden tomb). It struck me that the Garden of Gethsemane is also there at the end. Jesus prays and wrestles with God and his conscience and ends by saying 'not my will, but yours be done'. There we have the absolute reversal of that which Adam and Eve did in the first garden. In that place, without too much wrestling, they came to the conclusion, 'my will, not yours, be done'. Their choice - which seemed so insignificant - brought death. Jesus' choice - to lay down his life - brought life.

3 comments:

Thomas Scarborough said...

Recently a potential supervisor at Stellenbosch asked me whether I had read Charles Taylor. I said, "The strongman of Liberia?" I said no, no idea. A few days later I was looking for something on my desk, and came across study notes on Taylor -- on my very desk! It makes one wonder what one ever, ever learned.

Those are interesting observations about the garden(s). I wonder whether they might also relate in some way to people's reactions to adversity -- one of those perpetual issues in counselling, particularly where serious illness is concerned.

Steve Hayes said...

Another reversal: Adam and Eve took what was not given, which is theft, and broke the Eucharistic relationship between man and God.

Jesus gave what could not be taken -- his life, thus restoring the relationship.

And somewhere in between the two, in the Exodus, God gave to a nation of slaves something that they could not get for themselves, land and freedom, thereby partially restoring the Eucharistic relationship -- see Deut 26.

Jenny Hillebrand said...

Hi Steve
Yes Deut 26 is an awesome chapter. It really paints that picture of restoration beautifully. Thanks for pointing me there. We take God's goodness to us for granted sometimes.