Today's Scripture Reading: Genesis 3
God spoke the world into existence and it was good. Adam and Eve were made to be the crowning glory of God’s creation. They experienced perfect intimacy with God; they enjoyed constant communion with Him.
In Genesis 3, everything changed. The serpent posed a question which has ultimately been a stumbling block to us all– “Did God actually say that?” In Adam and Eve’s case they were contemplating whether or not they should eat from a particular tree. The serpent further enticed them by claiming they would not die, but rather they would be like God. Adam and Eve could have responded to the serpent that they already were like God, for they were made in His image and experiencing constant communion with Him! Instead of this, they took the fruit and sin ruined them. Today, we still feel the pangs of this tragedy.
Adam and Eve attempted to hide from their Maker, but quickly God found them and vividly explained to Adam that his sin ushered pain, agony, and death into a world that was previously without blemish. God told Adam that the ground was cursed because of him. Thorns and thistles abounded. Adam was made from dust and was destined to return to it.
But this story does not end with a curse. Notice what God said to the serpent, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” In this sentence, only a couple of pages into the Bible, we see the hope that Christ would come and crush the serpent, defeating sin and death at the cross and in the resurrection. Genesis 3 marks the commencement of the anticipation of a King to come and free us from the curse of sin. As the old Christmas tune says, “No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground; He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found.”