Friday, September 24, 2010
Genesis 3: Not That It Happened, But That It Happens.
In the 3rd chapter of Genesis the snake is introduced as the sneakiest animal God had made. The snake (Nowhere does it say the Devil) approaches Eve and before you know it he has Eve doubting what God had “really” said.
Remember God had planted two trees in the middle of the Garden, the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. God had commanded Adam not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. God had warned Adam that when he ate of that fruit he would die.
The snake convinced the humans that they indeed would not die, and that God was just worried that by eating the fruit, humans would become like Him/Them (v 22).
So Adam and Eve decided that their way was better than God’s and that they needed a little independence from Him. So they ate the forbidden fruit.
Turns out the snake was right, for neither Adam nor Eve died after eating the fruit and their eyes were opened and they became like God in that they knew good and evil.
Then comes the part in the story where God forgave Adam and Eve (but not without consequences) and covered their nakedness (shame) with animal skins (sacrificial system?)… After they repented of course. Oh wait, they didn’t repent.
God showed them grace and mercy. He did not kill them as He had originally said, (yes I know about the “spiritual” death explanation) but he did expel them from the Garden so they couldn’t take the fruit from the Tree of Life. (Maybe they should have eaten from that tree first just in case.)
And hence is the explanation of why we have to work the ground, why child birth is painful, and of course, why snakes crawl instead of walking around talking to us.
So here we see the first humans faced with a decision that we are faced with every day. Do we choose life or do we choose death? Are we satisfied with being dependant on God (whatever that means) or do we need to do things our own way?
What are some other thoughts/explanations do you have from the story?