There is some wonderful spiritual meat in these first three chapters of Genesis. Even beyond the ‘realms’ of awareness or consciousness in Him there is this idea of the process. Everything in God is manifested through a maturing process. While Adam was in the garden he possessed the fulness in potentiality, he had not mastered it in actuality. The result of eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil proved that fact.
When Adam took of the fruit he was not mature enough to handle such great awareness and knowledge. The end result is our modern-day carnal system. Using our own will, and understanding to make sense out of our walk with God. In the midst of this whole event the RealU identity was hidden, or some would say lost. Lost means that I used to have something, but I just can’t seem to locate or find it. So when Jesus was on earth as the Son of Man he proclaimed that He had come to seek and save the lost! Meaning simply, to relocate, identify, and recover those that are misplaced.
In a real sense we all have the same role as Adam, tending to the garden of our hearts. That is what happened when Adam and Eve were ‘sent’ from the Garden. Thorns and Thistles was going to be the process that Adam would have to work through. This reminds me of the most wonderful parable by Jesus in Mark chapter 4. Over the years it has been known as the parable of the sower. Actually the parable is about the ground. The types of ground determined the harvest. The seed and sower were the constant in each situation. We see hard, thorny, stony, and good ground. Even on the good ground the fruit only produced some thirty, some sixty, and some a hundredfold. Clearly this is what I call the process. My bishop used to say years ago, ‘Progress is a process’. Jesus said that if we can not understand this parable then we would never understand anything that He would tell us.
What I now know I have been all of the grounds! We are not mostly one or the other, we are all the same at some point in our lives. When Adam was thrust out of the Garden then thorns and thistles, was the norm. You see you can not bypass the process. If we are going to go back through the Garden, Paradise, we have to tend to our ground (heart). Hard heartedness is the closed mind to where no seed can be received. Stony ground are those things in our hearts that always trip us up, from our path. The thorny ground is the cares of life and deceitfulness of riches that choke the word out. Even the good ground is a process to get to the final yield. The thirtyfold return can become the sixtyfold, but you have to stay in the process.
You see Jesus had to grow and mature just like you and I. The only difference is that it took him 30 years to ‘forget’ who He was in order to fully take on flesh and show us the way. We on the other hand are desperately trying to ‘remember’ who we are! The system and everything around us is continually trying to deter us from this fact. Not only do we have to deal with self-imposed stuff, we have the system with the voice, and then all of the ground situations to work through. The whole idea may overwhelming a bit, but let me be the first to share with you that it does become easier.