GOSPEL OF MARK – THE OPENED HEAVENS 2

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In the beginning, God created heaven and earth; and planted a garden in Eden, which was the home of Adam and Eve. The garden was heaven on earth; Adam and Eve had all they needed in there, including times of fellowship with God.

Genesis 3:8-9 (The Message Bible) says: “When they [Adam and Eve] heard the sound of God strolling in the garden in the evening breeze, the Man and his Wife hid in the trees of the garden, hid from God. God called to the Man: “Where are you?””

In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve decided to follow their own will, in a direction clearly against God’s will. The implication was that they were not satisfied with God; they lost heaven, and had to live on what they could produce by their own effort. Heaven was closed until Jesus was baptized and started his mission in Israel.

Mark 1:9-13 (The Message Bible) (shortened) says: “…Jesus… was baptized by John… The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit… come down on him… At once, this same Spirit pushed Jesus out into the wild. For forty wilderness days and nights he was tested by Satan…”

Adam and Eve had an open heaven, Jesus had an open heaven; Adam and Eve were in a pleasant garden with everything; Jesus was led into a wilderness without food; they were all tempted to follow their own will. Adam and Eve with eyes wide open rejected God; Jesus says “The food that keeps me going is that I do the will of the One who sent me…” (John 4:34) (The Message Bible).

Today, we live under the opened heavens; God is back ‘strolling’ on earth, calling the children of Adam and Eve – “where are you?”

Our Father in heaven, thy will be done on earth as it is heaven; for thine is the kingdom, all power, and all glory, Amen!

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