Sunday, January 8, 2012

Genesis 3

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 3. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • The narrative of this chapter is really the narrative of all our lives. In the first few lines, we read how Adam and Eve sinned against God by eating fruit from a tree he told them not to.
  • A lot of people (by “a lot of people” I mean some guys) like to point out that Eve was the one who ate the fruit first and then made Adam eat it too. However, that’s just dumb. If we read the story again we see that Adam was standing right there beside Eve all along and was just too weak to stand up for his wife.
  • The next part of this chapter is also indicative of our lives; Adam and Eve hide from God because they disobeyed him. Aren’t we still like that today? We mess up and then we hide, thinking we can hide from God. We hide in many different ways. Some of us hide in our “disbelief” by thinking if we don’t believe in God then we can’t be accountable to him. Some of us hide in our anger or even cynicism. Sadly, some of us hide from God in our “righteousness” by all our “good” works we think we can hide our failures from God.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • At the beginning of this chapter, we read about the “fall” of humankind when Adam and Eve ate the fruit God forbade them to eat. The interesting thing is “why” they ate it. They ate the fruit because the serpent (Satan) told them if they did they would be “like God.” Adam and Eve ate the fruit for the same reasons we rebel against God; we want to be God. We want to be the god in our lives. We don’t want to listen to someone else. We want to call the shots. That’s basically why Adam and Eve sinned and by eating the fruit threw all of creation into a messed up spiral that God has been working towards redeeming.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  •  Where in your life are you trying to be “god”? Adam and Eve hid from God when they sinned. Where are you hiding from God today? In our reading today we read that God sought Adam and Eve out and then restored their broken relationship. That’s exactly what he wants to do with you and me as well. Wherever you’re hiding God wants to reconnect with you despite your past. Ask God to show you where you’re hiding and give you the courage to stop hiding.