Ngan Jones

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" – John 3:16

Genesis 3:8-24

Reading from the ESV bible

8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.9 But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14 The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

16 To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”

17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

20 The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. 21 And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. 22 Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever-” 23 therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.

Context

The book of Genesis is fundamental to the understanding of the rest of the bible. It was believed to be compiled/written by Moses. Genesis speaks of the beginnings of the heavens and the earth, of light and darkness, of seas and skies, of land and vegetation, of sun and moon and stars, of sea and air and land animals, of human beings, of sin and redemption, of blessing and cursing, of society and civilisation, of marriage and family, of art and craft and industry. The list could go on and on. The first two chapters in Genesis have depicted God’s perfect creation. The Fall starts from chapter three with the first sin being committed by Adam and Eve.

Comment

8. As discussed in the previous post, Adam and Eve hid from God because they became aware of their guilt. This symbolises the breaking of the perfect relationship with God.

9. God is omniscient. He knew exactly where they were, but he was still asking ‘Where are you?’. He wanted to let them know that he was looking for them. He made the first move to seek out for human.

10-13. God models justice. Although, as the omniscient God, he knew exactly what they did, he still investigated carefully by questioning them and inducing them to confess.

Facing God’s questioning, Adam blamed Eve that she gave him the fruit, and blamed God that God gave him Eve. Eve then refused all the responsibility and blamed it on the serpent.

14. God was seeking out the source of evil and he cursed it. Satan wasn’t questioned or given any opportunity to explain it. The curse by God is a final sentence, an actual punishment on Satan. God cursed that Satan will eat dust. Dust symbolises abject humiliation and total defeat.

15. God will put enmity between Satan and woman. He was being kind to human. Evil wants to get close to human, but God wants to creat hostility between human and evil.

In this verse God mentioned that there would be an offspring from Adam and Eve who would come and crush Satan’s head. This implies Jesus Christ, who completely defeated Satan by his resurrection from cross. But Satan did bruise his heel as he died on the cross and suffered from spiritual death for three days.

16. God punished the woman in the relationship with man. They have a relationship but a broken one. Women has desire to drag her husband around while he wants to rule over her.

17-19. God punished the man by making work exhausting and frustrating.

21. However God still showed kindness to Adam and Eve by providing them with warm clothing.

22-24. God banished humanity so that they won’t eat from the tree of life and won’t live forever. Given the suffering of life, this could be seen as a kindness that God gave to human being. But human did get cut off from God due to our sins.

Application

Jesus came to bring us the tree of life. If we insist on not accepting him, we will be stuck in our sins.

References

  1. Sermon by Tim Ward
  2. ‘Genesis‘ by Bruce Waltke with Cathi Fredricks
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