Genesis is more than a story of origins, a theological reflection on the relationship between the holy creator, God and the sinful creature, humans.
What if Adam and Eve had not disobeyed God? What if we were still dwelling in the presence of God. What if we had the most intimate relationship with god? All these questions take us to the place which we humans call utopia. We all wish for that perfect world where there is peace, love and humanity because these are just the attributions which are lacking in our real and not so perfect world.
The Garden of Eden didn’t get shared by our generation because of the first disobedience. And this temptation has costed generations after generations to wander, to be killed, to be doomed and many other calamities including floods, wars, epidemic etc. Now, imagine if a simple disobedience has been so dreadful, what about all the sinful things which we end up doing on a regular basis. At that time it was only Adam and Eve and now there are billions of us. The generations to come will be burdened by our sins and we as humans have a huge responsibility to look after the generations that are to come.
In this chapter we also see that the loving God may have banished Adam and Eve from the garden, He has not completely given up on them. He makes the clothes out of animal skin for them and looks after them even after being disobeyed. How much more can someone love and always love.
Now, is our time to reflect on how in moments of temptations to do wrong how are we going to act? It is time that we arm ourselves with the ‘Word of God’ so that we have answers for every eventuality in life.
The verse that have touched our hearts while reading the chapter are as follows:
“And the LORD God made garments of skins for the man and for his wife, and clothed them.”
Let’s Pray: Lord, give me the strength to face temptations and overcome with Your strength so that I do not do my will but live according to Your will. Amen.
Chapter 3: The Fall of Man
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden;
3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of
garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.'”
4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die;
5 for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 So 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.
7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.
8 They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, 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?”
10 He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”
12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.”
13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.”
14 The LORD God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
cursed are you among all animals
and among all wild creatures;
upon your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”
16 To the woman he said,
“I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing;
in pain you shall bring forth children,
yet your desire shall be for your husband,
and he shall rule over you.”
17 And to the man he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread
until you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.”
20 The man named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
21 And the LORD God made garments of skins for the man and for his wife, and clothed them.
22 Then the LORD God said, “See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” —
23 therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken.
24 He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a sword flaming and turning to guard the way to the tree of life.