I know I haven’t posted in a long time. That’s partly because I haven’t had a spare second to write anything and also because I couldn’t think of what to write. But, I’ve had a eureka moment!
If you grew up going to church like I did, you’ll agree that there are a lot of stories that you’ve heard a million times. Sometimes when a pastor or speaker says, “open your Bibles to Job” or “let’s look at Genesis together”, I tune out. I can admit that. I think here we go again and stop listening. That’s when my bad habit of day dreaming kicks in.
Recently, we’ve been digging in to the first three chapters of Genesis during UTA InterVarsity Bible studies. Genesis 3 is some powerful stuff. If its been a while since you’ve read it, I would recommend you do that.
I’ve written about The Fall before. When I read this passage last week, though, I took away a few things that I’d never noticed before. Don’t you love that? The words stay the same, but God keeps making them relevant in our lives.
When IV does Bible studies, we don’t really go too deeply into the Scripture. What I mean by “deep” is that we aren’t really into interpretations or “well maybe that means” moments. We look at the actual words and the surface facts. However…my brain’s first reaction isn’t to point out the obvious.
Bending God’s Word
Do you know what I mean? Have you ever read a verse that’s convicting and thought, that’s not really what that means? I do that more often than I care to admit. I think Eve was the first to do this. When the serpent questions God (by asking Eve if God really said not to eat of any tree in the garden), Eve then questions God. She says, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but 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.'” She quotes God! She knew exactly what the rules were. She knew her boundaries. The serpent then tempts her with the idea of being similar to God. Verse 6 says, “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes…she took of its fruit and ate..” Satan was able to take a thought and plant it in Eve’s mind, making her question what God had told her.
The Invention of Insecurity
When God is doling out the punishment to Eve, he says, “Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” Adam and Eve had been equal partners up to this point in the naming-the-animals business. Not anymore. Think about it: women are constantly desiring the approval of men, whether it’s her father, sibling, boyfriend or husband. We weren’t created to live like that. We were created to serve God and seek His approval, to obey Him. Everything changed. We blame Eve. I’m guilty of that..based on the title of my last blog post about Adam and Eve. But in reality, we should be blaming at Satan. That darn serpent.
He Makes Beautiful Things
When Adam and Eve realized their sin, their eyes were open and they “knew that they were naked. They sewed fig leaves together and made themselves clothing.” (Note: This was right before they “heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden”. They heard God walking in the garden! I’m so jealous! Can you imagine what that sounded like?!) Later, in verse 21, God made Adam and Eve “garments of skins and clothed them.” Garments of skin. So…this was probably the first leather jacket? Maybe. Doubtful..but maybe. This was, however, most likely the first death of an animal. Where’d the skin come from? God’s not the shortcut type. I don’t think He snapped His fingers and some fur coats fell like holy mana from the sky. An animal had to die to hide disobedience. An innocent animal had to die to protect and provide.
A Lamb would later have to die to cover all sin.
Listening to: Brooke Fraser. I love her. A whole lot.