Last week, we went back to the beginning, and started thinking about the whole Bible as one Big Story, rather than lots of little stories that each teach us something about God. We said that there are 4 things we can keep track of to help us understand that it's one Big Story. GOD'S PEOPLE, living in GOD'S PLACE, obeying GOD'S INSTRUCTIONS, and enjoying GOD'S BLESSINGS. And we looked at that picture of perfection before sin ever came into the world.
This week, we're going to see the effects of sin on the perfect world that God created. Watch the video.
Today's Bible passage comes from Genesis 3: 1-15. The Good News Translation is below, or you can use a different version if you'd like.
"Now the snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made. The snake asked the woman, “Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?”
“We may eat the fruit of any tree in the garden,” the woman answered, “except the tree in the middle of it. God told us not to eat the fruit of that tree or even touch it; if we do, we will die.”
The snake replied, “That's not true; you will not die. God said that because he knows that when you eat it, you will be like God and know what is good and what is bad.”
The woman saw how beautiful the tree was and how good its fruit would be to eat, and she thought how wonderful it would be to become wise. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, and he also ate it. As soon as they had eaten it, they were given understanding and realized that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and covered themselves.
That evening they heard the Lord God walking in the garden, and they hid from him among the trees. But the Lord God called out to the man, “Where are you?”
He answered, “I heard you in the garden; I was afraid and hid from you, because I was naked.”
“Who told you that you were naked?” God asked. “Did you eat the fruit that I told you not to eat?”
The man answered, “The woman you put here with me gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”
The Lord God asked the woman, “Why did you do this?”
She replied, “The snake tricked me into eating it.”
Then the Lord God said to the snake, “You will be punished for this; you alone of all the animals must bear this curse: From now on you will crawl on your belly, and you will have to eat dust as long as you live. I will make you and the woman hate each other; her offspring and yours will always be enemies. Her offspring will crush your head, and you will bite her offspring's heel.”
Heavenly Father, we're sorry for the times when we've rejected you as our King, and tried to do things our way. We're sorry for the times we don't trust that your way is the best way. We thank you that you love us even so, and that you have already done everything that is needed for us to come back and be made right with you. Thank you that your Big Rescue Plan was in place immediately after sin first entered the world, and help us to learn to trust in you and your promises, and know that your way is the best way.
Help us to make you our Forever King.