Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Reading 2: The Fall

Genesis 3:1-24

Our view of what the earth was originally intended to be only lasts two chapters as the first members of the human race sin against God. They were only given one thing that they could not eat and they chose to eat it. Gaining the knowledge of Good and Evil gave them the opportunity to continue doing evil knowingly. Before if they did evil it was out of ignorance but now it was a choice.

We also get a view of how Satan works. He first comes to try and create doubt, "Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?" (Genesis 3:1). This causes Eve to think, "is that what God said?" automatically creating a moment of doubt in her mind. She recovers from this however and says, "Of course we may eat from the trees in the garden ... It's only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, 'You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die" (Genesis 3:2-3). Satan starts with a lie and Eve combats it with the truth.

Nice try snake.

But he isn't done yet. Satan's next tactic is to focus on the one exception God gives them. It is important to note that God said, "You may eat freely the fruit of every tree in the garden - except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die" (Genesis 2:16-17). If they wanted a peach, they could eat a peach; if they wanted a strawberry, they could eat a strawberry. They had thousands and thousands of choices of fruit to eat. But Satan ignores all that and focuses on the one exception. Eve is convinced. Why shouldn't she be able to eat from this tree too? Why can't she have knowledge like God? She reaches out and takes the forbidden fruit.

She takes the fruit because she desires the wisdom of God. Expecting a delicious fruit and an enlightenment of incredible knowledge the first thing they feel is not what they expected. They feel shame. Realizing they are naked and now being able to see all the evil that they could do they feel guilt and shame and cover up themselves to try and stop the thoughts. They then hear God coming and feeling shame because now they know what they did wrong they hide from God.

Gonna have to do better than that.
Adam and Eve traded everything God gave them for the one thing He told them they couldn't have. They traded everything God wanted for them. Instead of the paradise that they lived in where they could walk alongside a loving God they picked complete independence which led to shame, pain, and death. But God isn't leaving it at that. He is about to set into motion His plan of bringing His creation back to paradise.

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