Despite the fact that the story of Adam and Eve dates back over 4,000 years, their stories seem so relevant. Like humanity’s first couple, I disobey, I blame, and I cover up my sin.
Today in our reading, we’re going to look at the fall of humanity…and perhaps the cause behind it.
Insights Into Today’s Reading
- Many scholars see a connection between Genesis 3:6 and 1 John 2:16.
- In Genesis 3, The New Bible Commentary observes: “God’s questions were designed to elicit confessions, not information; he knew perfectly well what they had done.”
- Notice how often angels and dreams appear in Matthew.
- Because Matthew was originally written for a Jewish audience, Old Testament Scriptures are often used to validate Jesus as the Messiah.
- The first seven verses in Proverbs operate as an introduction to the book.
If you remember from yesterday, God clearly commanded Adam and Eve to NOT eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Yet, in Genesis 3 they disobeyed God and blamed others (Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the snake) to avoid taking ownership of their sin.
Then in Proverbs 1:7 we read, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”
Fearing the Lord doesn’t necessarily mean to be afraid—although I’ve met many people who fear God in this way. We need to live in the love of God rather than the fear of God—if we define fear according to this interpretation.
But translators say fearing the Lord in this context means to respect and believe. But I’d like to offer the Michael J. Klassen translation: to fear the Lord means to take God seriously.
Adam and Eve failed to take God seriously, and so did Cain.
While reading today, I could hear God speaking to me what he said to Cain: “Sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it” (Genesis 4:7 ).
When I take God seriously, I believe that sin crouches at my door, desiring to have me. In this respect, I think I need to be more afraid of sin.
I’m all about grace. Without God’s unmerited favor I’d be eternally damned to hell. And there’s no way I could ever be good enough to save myself. But in this age of grace, I’m concerned that taking God seriously has become old fashioned.
- What jumps out at you in today’s reading?
- What does Genesis 3 tell you about you?
- What prevents you from taking God seriously?
- How would taking God more seriously affect the way you live?
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