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3 things we can learn from Genesis 3

As we turn our attention to Genesis 3, we find the account of the first sin, the consequences of that sin, and a hope to redeem us from our sin. It is hard for us to imagine a time without sin and even though the Scriptures teach that we are not inherently evil and sinful from birth, it is impossible to argue that sin has not conquered us. All of us have sinned, so the lessons from Genesis helps us in our battle, especially the first lesson.

Lesson #1-Sin comes from our desires even if we are deceived.

When the serpent tempted Eve, it was a pure deception. He lied to her. She believed the lie and so the sin was completed. However, as we read the conversation and her thought process, we see that Eve was beguiled as much by her own desires to be like God as she was by the serpent’s lie. All of the trees were good for food, they all were desirable to look at (Gen 2:9) but only this one held to promise of something she wanted: wisdom.

Alas, we understand now that wisdom is really found in following God’s commandments and not bypassing them.  As an example: It may be considered wise for two unmarried people to move in together and to test out the relationship for compatibility. However, after looking at end results of such wisdom, we can understand God’s plan is truly wisdom.

Sin brings consequences

The Sin of Adam and Eve brought with it many consequences. They were removed from the Garden, kept back from the tree of life, forced to work hard for the food they would eat, have painful and increased childbirth. Even the marital relationship seems to have changed with the man being placed over the woman. Even in good relationships today, the husband is still charged with the oversight of his wife and sometimes that causes problems. (Husbands read Ephesians 5 and follow Christ’s example-Women, because submission is a voluntary action, be sure that you marry someone who will love you like Christ loved the church. In this way, you will not be tempted to violate his leadership.)

Redemption is promised through the woman

Interestingly enough, when we see the promise of redemption, it is a promise that does not involve man but only the woman.  To the serpent God said:

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.” Gen 3:15 ESV

The enmity was between the offspring of the two. The offspring of Satan and the offspring of Eve. While we might casually read ‘her offspring’ as the children of Adam and Eve, it needs to be remembered, that Jesus was born only of the seed of woman and not of man.  God is foretelling His plan to bring Jesus into the world via a virgin birth. That offspring would be bruised on the heel….just an inconvenience, as He was killed on the cross. But that offspring would bruise Satan on the head, a decisive blow of defeat when He was raised from the dead.

Remember, when Adam and Eve ate of the fruit, they died. There was a spiritual separation that took place between them and God. God makes a promise of restoration at a future time.

What other lessons do YOU see in Genesis 3?

God provides the clothing

I had always wondered why it was that when Adam and Eve ate the fruit and had their eyes opened that they suddenly desired to cover themselves. I mean, the only two people in the whole world and suddenly they felt modesty? While it may be that there was an element of modesty to their decision to sew fig leaves together, I would suggest that the primary intent was to hide themselves from God; almost as if to say: “If we cover ourselves with leaves and hide among the trees, he won’t see us.” They were trying to hide their shame. Could it be that clothing should be a reminder of our sin rather than a fashion statement?

Of course, the clothing that Adam and Eve choose for themselves was not sufficient. When God removed them from the Garden of Eden, he sent them not dressed in fig leaves but He clothed them in animal skins.  Animal skins might appear to be a better choice because they would be warmer but I don’t think that is what God was getting at. In order for the skins to be obtained for Adam and Eve, an animal or two had to die. This means that blood had to be shed. It seems to me that God was making a statement: In order for us to be reconciled, blood will need to be shed. Years later, Christ’s blood was shed and the invitation to be reconciled with God was preached in the Gospel.

In the parable of the marriage feast, the end of the story shows this individual invited to the feast and then thrown out because he did not have on a wedding garment. Apparently, there was no excuse for not having one because in that culture, the robes were provided for the guests. The point of the parable is that many are invited and yet not everyone who is invited is deemed worthy. The guest who was thrown out was not unworthy to be invited but made himself unworthy when he would not dress in the garments provided.

We are also invited to the feast of the marriage of the lamb and the bride, known as the church. It should not be a surprise then when the Bible uses terminology such as putting Christ on as you would a garment.

Gal 3:26-27 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. (27) For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

God has provided the robe for us to wear, the clothing that will allow us to be reconciled with him but the only question is whether you will accept that invitation and be clothed in the clothing He provides.

Have you put on Christ? If not, why not?

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