For however long it was that Adam and Eve lives in total openness, shameless and free they experienced perennial happiness, balance and the bliss of oneness. The enemy of that bliss and the one who sowed the idea that God was threatened and insecure and did not want humanity to know all that he knows and so had forbidden eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil led to an overreach of freedom and the experience of fragmentation, fracture, and friction in relationships.
The next day God came into the garden in the same way he had on every previous day. He cam in love and with love. They had changed but God’s changeless love remained the same. So God’s first word was “Love”. Regardless of any choice you make nothing will change the Love of God for you. This is the Gospel, the goodness and the first word of God to the estranged couple. The estrangement was inside of them not in the heart of God.
As God looked around for them He was the “Seeker“, “I want a relationship with your no matter what so “seeker” is the second word of God. I will seek you until I find you and you find me the changeless expression of love and grace.
Adam and Eve had felt shame, were soon to engage in blame, and so hid from God. God sought them out. God had a heart of forgiveness toward them regardless of anything. I forgive you is the third word!
God’s fourth word is about “Faithfulness”. Nothing will cause God to be rattled by anything that people do or anything that happens in the world. He will be there always even to the end.
God then speaks a word of accountability and about responsibility and respect. Your choices are your responsibilities. To booth of the mGod gave a different accountability rubric to assist them in their future and their learning about what builds responsibility and appreciation. Adam will have to work the garden to have him appreciate more the supply of food. Eve would endure pain in child birth. Suffering, Work, pain all help us to appreciate and not take things for granted. God was not engaging in punishment or judgment but rather in building character through work, pain and suffering. When we work for things, suffer loss, and endure pain as good soldiers we grow into more appreciative and accepting human beings.
Next God “provides” for his creation. God loved them in their shame and out of their shame. God chose to slay his very creation to provide covering for the shame, guilt, and hiding they had engaged in.
Finally as a crowning statement of God’s eternal Love and eternal protection of humanity from themselves, “God casts them out of the garden and creates an impermeable barrier or wall to keep them from compounding their state of affairs. The greatest predictor of future behavior is past behavior. They had eaten of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and hd become as God knowing both good and evil. It is one thing to know good and evil and have the moral fiber to always choose good, and to act with goodness and kindness as God does. It is another to know good and evil without the moral fiber to choose well. If they had defied one limitation it was likely they would defy the second and eat of the tree of eternal life and be forever in their site of sinfulness. So full of grace and truth God banished them not in punishment but in redemptive grace and with radiant truth. God is the “Protector and Preserver” of his creation.
The first Seven Words of God then are: Love, Seeker, Forgiveness, Faithful, Accountable and Responsible, Provider, Protector. They represent the heart and mind of God, the character of God, and the Covenant of Love by the creator for all creation. This is the Gospel. Glory be to God!