The cautionary tale of Humpty Dumpty struck me as a young child. I’m sure my parents, along with countless others across the last couple centuries, were intentional about helping me commit the Greek tragedy of the Mother Goose corpus to memory with this end in mind. The operative lesson: don’t sit on walls.
Yesterday, in our 8th week in Genesis, I proposed an “Adam and Eve” version of the Humpty Dumpty rhyme which reflects the realities of the world broken in pieces that we all know so well.
Adam and Eve took from the tree,
Adam and Eve gave fruit to me.
All the therapy and all the home remedies,
Can’t fix the mess.
The first two chapters of the Bible tell the creation story. God’s original creation and the experience of His image-bearers therein, were marked by peace, harmony, unity, and perfection. The third chapter of the Bible tells the story of how all of these realities were shattered. Post-chapter 3, our world and our species have become subject to alienation and separation. Discord, disharmony, shame, brokenness, and isolation are now native to our experience on this planet.
This is not the way it’s supposed to be.
Amazingly, starting in the third chapter of the Bible, the themes of sin and shame (which are prevalent through the rest of the Bible) are also confronted by the beautiful theme of redemption.
Beginning in Genesis 3:15, the gospel of Jesus Christ begins to shine through. It begins to become clear that God has a plan to put the pieces back together. His plan isn’t to delegate the job to all the king’s horses and all the king’s men either. Instead, His plan of redemption centers on His Son.
The King Himself takes responsibility to redeem the creation sin destroyed.
The Bible begins with creation. Shortly thereafter the themes of sin and redemption emerge. From that point on, the arc of God’s grace leads the narrative into the culminating glory of consummation. The point is clear: the King is coming to put the pieces back together again.
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.
 Revelation 22:1-5 ESV