It is often referred to as, The Fall. First, Adam and Eve were deceived by the serpent (Satan) by the simple and subtle use of words that cast doubt into the word of God. “Did God really say . . .?” Then, they are not only are kicked out of the Garden of Eden, but now have become aware of good and evil, and find themselves living in a broken relationship with their Creator.
In this chapter we see temptation, giving in and doing things against God’s commands, and then God’s wrath, justifiably so. But God doesn’t leave Adam and Eve in the broken state without hope. Two things happen: God promises them the Savior (Genesis 3:15) as the first foreshadowing of Jesus. Second, God makes Adam and Eve garments from skins to be worn. They didn’t have a need for such clothing, but now, because of the Fall, animals are now killed and their skins are used for protection. God promises them hope (Jesus) as well as provides them clothing as they go forth in this world.
How are you going forth? Do you recognize, trust in and feel the wonderful sense of hope found in Jesus the savior? Do you have a grateful heart for the provisions God provides you? Even though sin separates people from God, we still see God desiring to be with His people.
Also notice the curses God gives Adam and Eve. Childbearing pain and the pain of working the land. We still see those today. But we also still see God’s goodness as well.
PRAYER: “Heavenly Father, forgive us of our sins. Help us not to doubt Your word, but to recognize Your goodness to us. Help us use the gifts You’ve given us to testify to Your goodness. In Jesus’ strong name…Amen.”