Eating Greens

J. D. Conley
January 15, 2017

When I was growing up my mother would have to force me to eat my vegetables, particularly those of the green hue. I detested turnip greens, spinach, and Brussels sprouts. Now I enjoy eating these greens, especially Brussels sprouts which I found repugnant in my formative years. It's funny how our tastes change as we grow older, what we once disliked, we now sometimes crave. Rarely does the opposite happen, when what we once enjoyed, we now find unpleasant.

When I think about the taste and flavors of food, I oftentimes think about how wonderful the food must have tasted in the Garden of Eden. The water from the rivers that flowed through the garden, as well has the fruit that hung from its trees, must've be sweet and delectable! But when Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit that led to their permanent expulsion from their flowerily habitat, a drastic change in their diet occurred. Moses wrote, "...cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return" (Genesis 3:17-19).

Because of their sin, the joy of eating had been diminished as far as making acquisition of food was concerned. What was once easily accessed and taken advantage of, was now harder to acquire. Comparatively speaking, what this couple were now forced to eat was not near as good as what they had eaten in the garden. In the garden they could eat of any fruit of any tree except one. They had feasted sumptuously every day from the delicacies the garden offered, but the time arrived when the smorgasbord was shut down. Food was not only going to be harder to get, it wasn't going to be as good, or good for them. It was going to take sweat and back aching labor to even extract herbs from the ground. They were forced to go from eating labor free abundant sweet fruit, to sweat produced, perhaps sparsely harvested, bitter greens. Plus, whatever life extending catalyst was in the fruit that grew from the tree of life, was no longer available, and the first couple began to physically die.

Since they are packed with vitamins, eating greens is good for us. But how much better we all would've been if we could be eating from the tree of life! One day, if we're faithful, we shall, (Revelation 22:1-2). After the fall, each time Adam ate his greens he must've been reminded of his sin. Let us be reminded of what sin robbed us of, and the price it took to redeem us, (1 Peter 1:18-19)!