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Grace Lutheran Church Weekly Devotional – Genesis 3:1-19

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Reverend Steve Zandstra

Genesis 3:1-19 (ESV)

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?"  2And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden,  3but God said, 'You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'"  4But the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die.  5For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."  6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.  7Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.  8And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, "Where are you?"  10And he said, "I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself."  11He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?"  12The man said, "The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate."  13Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this that you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."  14The LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.  15I 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."  16To the woman he said, "I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you."  17And to Adam he said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.  19By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return."  

What would the world be like if there was no sin, no hate, racism, crime, poverty, hospitals, and no deaths?  That one event in history brought about the greatest change the world has ever known.  God had given Adam and Eve the power to resist the tempter. Was what happened in the Garden merely “poor judgment” or “misinformation?” Eating of forbidden fruit was outright disobedience to God’s command.  Despite the definite consequences, ultimately death, our first parents listened to the serpent’s smooth talk and took the fruit. Yet, being aware of what Adam did, God does not strike him dead on the spot, but graciously calls out to him “[Adam] Where are you?” (9).

Even still, God must punish sin – punish it with death!  So, God sent His own Son, born of a woman, born under the Law (cf. Gal. 4:4). In the cool of the morning, God laid all the wrath He had to give on His Son.  Jesus gave to the Father everything He has, everything needed for our rescue.  Jesus gave up His holy, innocent, precious blood to appease the white-hot wrath of God. He is tried, convicted, and crucified, and faced the fire of hell for you.  On Calvary Jesus fully and completely endured the just wrath and condemnation for sin, guilt, and shame of Adam and the whole world.  “Thanks be to God! [He] gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 15:57).  The victory that forgives your sins and gives eternal life to you and all who believe in Christ.

Grace Lutheran Church LCMS

825 North 1st West

Cheyenne Wells, CO, 80810-0728

Sunday Service begins at 9:00AM