Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
The bible, time and time again, records humanity reaching for things besides God. Here in Genesis is the start of a pattern of humanity turning away from God. We might ask “What’s so bad about eating a piece of fruit?”. In this part of the story though, Adam and Eve had lived in the very presence of God. They had walked with God, they needed no priest, no mediator between them and God. They had direct access to God. Being made in God’s image, they ruled the world under God. God had given them everything. They lived in paradise, they worked in paradise. Yet they still desired something more.
The serpent tells them that eating the forbidden fruit will make them like God. In essence by eating the fruit they were saying that God, and all he had given them, was not enough. They desired to be like God. Life become all about them, instead of all about God. They betray God in this part of the story. Though God had given them life and a joyful purpose to live out, they betray God and choose to go their own way. Their shame is immediate as they realise their nakedness. And like us, they try feebly to cover up their shame. They try to cover up their betrayal, try to erase their rebellion.
When do you try to cover up your rebellion, instead of taking it to God?
Ultimately only God can erase our rebellion, only God can erase our betrayal. It’s at the cross we see Jesus sentenced to death, a traitor’s death, on our behalf. He takes the punishment for our treason, giving us a fresh start and removing our guilt and shame. Through faith in Jesus we now have direct access to God again. And in the book of Revelation we glimpse a restored world where we will, once again, walk with God.
Read Genesis 3 take note of the actions of God
What are the immediate consequences of sin?
What are some of the long term consequences of sin?
How does God cover their shame?
Thankyou for dealing with my rebellion at the cross. Thankyou for sending Jesus to die a traitor’s death, so that I could be let back into your kingdom. Thankyou that now I have direct access to you. Forgive me Lord when I reach for other things besides you. Forgive me for trying to cover or hide my shame from you. Help me Lord to come to you in my shame and guilt, help me to come back to the cross.
In Jesus Name,