January 3, Reading 1 – Genesis 3

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SAA Notes

The desire to be like God is a fount of sin and of much evil. The Bible teaches that we are creatures – created ones. The desire to be something else – grander, higher, less inhibited by our finitude, is the old temptation that lies behind some of our most cherished beliefs – as exampled by re-incarnation and evolution. When you come to Christ you accept that your final future is as a creature – a created one. Resurrection of the human body is that future.

SJA Notes

God’s order that He has laid down is important. Order in many areas of life.

Particularly here we see the consequences for rejecting His order in relationships.

The wrong order is abundantly shown.

The serpent goes to Eve (not to Adam) and tempts her to disobedience, a temptation Eve yields to.

But as well, look at Adam.

“… And she also gave some to her husband who was with her,”

Adam rejects God’s order (responsibility) and stays quiet during the interaction with the serpent. He yields to temptation at many points, from the first word of the serpent to the last bite of the fruit.

God shows us the right order.

He comes to Adam first.

“But the LORD God called to the man …”

It is Adam that God created first, then Eve. God’s word tells us that the husband is the head of the household as Christ is the head of the church.

So God speaks first with Adam. Then Eve.

And we see the wrong decision-making in order and responsibility.

Adam blames Eve. Eve blames the serpent.

God knows the truth of our hearts, and His response with the curses for disobedience shows that none of our excuses can trick Him.

But how wonderful it is that this is not the end. Even in this chapter we see Jesus, who crushed the serpents head, and who broke the curse of death to rise from the dead.

This passage exhorts us to repentance for our disobedience and messing with God’s order.

But it also encourages us and fills us with hope. The curse is not the end, our disobedience does not end with death if we are found in Christ!

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* Sovereign and Holy God,

Your judgements are right and true, for You are a just God.

Your grace and Your mercies are to us salvation! Unfathomable in many ways, that You would send Yourself, perfect and righteous, to a broken world to save a people of dead hearts and stubborn wills.

Thank You Lord God!

Amen.

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