Sunday, June 26, 2016

This week's lesson (June 25 - July 1): The Restoration of All Things

For God so loved the world . . .

That he created a paradise -- a walled garden which He named "Delight" (for that is what Eden means).

And in that paradise, He placed everything that could bring joy to humanity: animals and plants, gold and jewels, meaningful work and a Companion to share it all.

And it was good.

But it was not enough.

For as anyone who has ever seen The Truman Show could tell you, a paradise with no way out is nothing more than a prison. A very nice prison, to be sure, but nothing more.

So God placed in that garden an escape-hatch. An emergency exit. An abort switch in the form of a tree -- the Tree of Know-It-All. And God said, "that tree is your ticket out; you can leave any time you are tired of being loved."

And God waited to see what humanity would do.

For God so loved the world, that He gave us a chance to love Him in return.

Or not.

It's our choice.

That's how much He loved us.

This first appeared on April 2, 2009.

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