And so it begins…our journey back to an unbroken relationship with God. The too-familiar cycle of sin and brokenness is so clearly played-out in Genesis Three:
We doubt: Satan caused Eve to question the truth and doubt God’s intentions, “Did God really say…..?” (vs. 1-2)
We believe lies: Satan tempted Eve with a half-truth, “You will not surely die.” (vs. 4) This was TRUTH: she wouldn’t fall over dead from eating the fruit. But it was also such a LIE: she would die spiritually and be instantly (and shamefully) separated from God and the perfect world he had provided.
We experience guilt: The moment they ate the fruit, they were ashamed and hid – which is comical, really. (vs. 8) And were they ashamed because they had betrayed God, or because they were caught?
We make excuses: As soon as God asked what happened (as if he didn’t already know), Adam blamed Eve…and Eve blamed the serpent. (vs. 12-13) Oh my gosh, this is an epidemic today!
We experience consequences: Their world changed because of the choice they made. They didn’t die, but life became so much more difficult. (vs. 12-19)
God still loves us: Because their newfound wisdom caused them to be embarrassed about being naked, God “made garments of skin and clothed them.” (vs. 21) This is my favorite part of Genesis Three. Not only did Adam and Eve willfully disobey God, they hid it from him and didn’t accept responsibility for their own actions. STILL, God was so kind. Despite harsh consequences, he showed them kindness; reminding them that they had value and that he loved them.
Without Jesus, we are separated from God: Adam and Eve were booted from Eden and would never return. The damage was done. Trust was broken. (vs. 22-23) Even now, we are separated from God – incapable of having a pure relationship with him – without the saving sacrifice of Jesus and the presence of his Holy Spirit. This is the only path back to Eden.
Lord, show me this cycle in my own life. Forgive me when I doubt your best for me. Thank you for allowing consequences as wisdom-builders. Thank you for showing kindness when I don’t deserve it. And thank you for providing a way back.