Reading: Genesis 3
Focus Verse: Genesis 3:12-13
The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
I don’t know about you, but I can hardly resist a challenge. Very much like my kids, if you say, “You can’t ________,” I immediately want to prove you wrong.
Maybe I inherited that from Eve. She couldn’t resist, either.
Eve took the bait. Satan loves to bait us, even still today. Here’s a friendly piece of advice (that I need to take myself)… Don’t take the bait!
After Adam and Eve had eaten the fruit of the forbidden tree, God questioned them. It sounds to me like he’s giving them an opportunity to come clean without God having to call them on their sin. Instead of owning it, they started the blame game. Adam said, “Eve made me do it.” Eve said, “The serpent made me to it.”
We are GOOD at passing the buck, aren’t we? It’s easy to think of this as something kids do… “It’s not my fault! He made me do it!” The truth is that we all do it. “It’s not my fault that the speed limit should be faster there.” “If I had told the truth, she would have been mad at me. It’s her fault.” “He was a jerk to me, so I ____________.”
God, in His wisdom, executed the consequences for all of them…
- He made the snake crawl on his belly, cursed among animals,
- “Enmity” (which means active opposition or hostility – ladies, how do you feel about snakes?) between the woman and the serpent,
- Painful childbearing and labor for Eve, and
- Difficult farming for Adam.
Why didn’t God just make it impossible for them to get to that tree? Why did he even make that tree in the first place? Love doesn’t command; love gives choice. God IS love.
This simple act of disobedience is where sin, and consequently the knowledge of the difference between good and evil, entered our world. If they had followed God’s simple instruction and chosen love for Him instead of for themselves, maybe we wouldn’t be sinners and choose evil either. There I go again… passing the buck.
Father, I’m sorry that I choose against your will for me in my selfishness. Thank you for making each day new, and thank you for your grace and mercy, neither of which I deserve. Will you help me to seek you? Will you help me to take responsibility for my choices and follow the path you set for me? In Jesus’ name, Amen.