Heidelberg Catechism Lords day 4
9. Q. Does not God, then, wrong man by requiring of him in his law that which he cannot perform?
A. Not at all; for God made man capable of performing it; but man, through the instigation of the devil, by his own wilful disobedience, deprived himself and all his posterity of these gifts.
It was a lot to throw away & it’s not as if they didn’t know better. The consequence of disobedience is a bitter cup to drink from. There is no soft option when it comes to the justice of God, in an instant humanity spiritually devolves from life to death & not because God got it wrong. We reap what we sow, our first parents pass on an inheritance & it’s pretty depressing (to put it mildly) yet in all of this universal misery & glimmer of hope exists.
God did not forsake the world in all of its mess & filth, its loneliness & lostness. He came into the thick of it to lift us out of the invisible mud & mire…and so, by God’s immense & free Grace we can sing a new song.
My heart is filled with thankfulness/Townend