Saturday, January 12, 2013

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?)
  • A talking snake? Trees whose fruit gives you knowledge of good and evil? Trees that make you immortal? We find all of that is in this chapter. And it sounds crazy to us. Clearly things were very different at the beginning. And then things started to change. 
  • Before the snake (who was Satan in disguise) tricked Adam and Eve into eating the forbidden fruit there was no sin. No one had done anything wrong. God only had one rule for Adam and Eve: Don’t eat fruit from just one of the trees. But they did, and everything changed.
  • An 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.”
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The problem wasn't eating fruit, it was disobedience to God. You might ask, "Why did God even make the tree if he didn’t want them to eat from it?" One reason God created that tree and gave Adam and Eve one rule is so they would have the freedom to choose. God doesn’t want us to have to have a relationship with him. God wants us to choose him. It’s not love if someone is forced to love you, and God refuses to force us. 
  • Adam and Eve ate the fruit for the same reason we rebel against God: We want to be God. We want to be the god of 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 ever since.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • God gave humans the ability to choose to disobey him; the freedom to love him or not. That’s cool, isn’t it? God loves us so much he won’t force us to love him back. He gives us the freedom to choose. So what is your choice? Have you chosen to have a relationship with God? If so, are you giving God your whole life, or still holding back some? If you’re holding back, why? 
  • 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? What do you need to do to allow God to be the God of that area of your life?
  • God sought out Adam and Eve and restored their broken relationship. That’s also what he wants to do with you and me. Wherever you’re hiding, God wants to reconnect with you despite your past. Ask God to show you where you’re hiding and to give you the courage to stop, and allow him to find you.