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Dear Boys and Girls,

Sometimes when we read the Bible we find it difficult to understand some parts of it, and need to have some things explained to us. There are some very good books to help us to understand the Bible, and in this letter I want to bring you a lesson out of one of these books, and then, you might be able to get the book and read it for yourself, or with your parents. It is called, Leading Little Ones to God, and the author is called Marian Schoolland, and it is published by the Banner of Truth Trust.

What Happened to Adam and Eve?

Do you remember what God said to Adam and Eve about the tree in the garden? Do you remember what He said would happen if they ate of it? He said “The day you eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil you shall surely die.”

Did Adam and Eve die that day?

Their bodies did not die that day. In that way Adam and Eve lived many years more. But they died in another way.

They were separated from God.

To be happy, we must live with God. It is terrible to live without God, to be separated from God. And that is what happened to Adam and Eve.

God used to come to the garden. He would walk with Adam and Eve, and talk with them.

Right after they ate the fruit that God had told them not to eat, Adam and Eve were afraid of God. And they were ashamed. They ran away. They tried to hide. They tried to hide away from God; but nobody can do that!

After a while God came to the garden. He called, “Adam, where are you?”

Adam knew he could not hide from God. God sees everything. Adam came out of his hiding place. He told God he was afraid.

God said, “What did you do?”

Then Adam had to tell God what they had done. Oh, he was so ashamed and so afraid!

God is very holy. There is no sin in God. Sin makes us unholy. And it keeps us away from God. If we are unholy, we cannot live close to God.

Adam and Eve knew they had sinned. They had disobeyed God. That is why they were afraid. They knew God is holy. They knew that they had to be punished for their sin.

God told Adam and Eve that now pain and sickness would come. He told them that after a while their bodies would die. He sent them out of the beautiful garden. They were not fit to live there any more. The garden was too wonderful for sinful people. He told them that now they would have to work hard to keep alive. And he did not come again to walk and talk with them, as He used to.

Many unpleasant things began on the day Adam and Eve sinned. The worst was this: they were separated from God, and afraid of Him.

Ever since that day, people have been afraid of God. We cannot help being afraid when we remember that God is very holy, and we are very sinful.

But on that same day God promised Adam and Eve that someday everything would be wonderful again. He promised a Saviour, who would take sin away and bring us back to God, so that we need not be afraid any more.

Here is a Bible verse that tells why we are sometimes afraid of God:     “Your sins have hid his face from you” (Isaiah 59:2).

Suggested Reading:      Genesis chapter 3 verses 7 to 10

   Mrs Seaton.

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