BSF Genesis: Week 4, Day 5

Today’s Scriptures

Questions:

13.
a.
Cursed above all animals, crawl on belly, eat dust, enmity between you & woman & offspring, he crush head you strike heel

b.
labor pains, desire for husband, he will rule over you

c.
Ground cursed b/c of you, through painful toil will you eat, thorns, thistles, work, sweat, die: from dust to dust

14.
a.
That the offspring of a woman (Jesus) would crush the head of the serpent (satan)

b.
Made garments of skin (some living thing died)

15.
a.
Except for the gift of salvation, we are condemned by sin, being born into a sinful state. Through Adam & Eve’s sin, we were separated from communion with God.

b.
Christ, the lamb, takes away the sin, only through Christ may we reunite, His shedding of blood paid the price for our un-punised sin and re-initiated atonement.

My Daily Journal:

While answering the questions today was relatively easy, the reality behind them is hard.  Our lesson today reminds us of the rippling consequences of sin.  When we sin it changes things and it stretches out to affect not only ourselves, but others, our environment and even future generations.  The sin of Adam and Even brought pain and suffering, longing and brokenness, mistreatment and domination, thorns and thistles, work and sweat to eat and survive.  And, it brought death.  None of this was God’s design, none His desire for us, nor are these bad things that God put in place to get even.  God is not vindictive, that is not an attribute of God.  These are ripples of the original sin.

When God sacrificed the first animal, it only provided a covering.  Underneath, we were still the same creature carrying the same sin, bearing the same consequences and ripples of our sin.  That was true of sacrifices throughout the old testament.  They were coverings for our inability to completely obey the law.

But, Christ’s sacrifice was different.  He crushed the head of Satan in the spiritual world and has paid the price of our sin.   Clearly, there is still pain, suffering, toil and death in this physical world and the bible tells us that Satan has not, yet, been removed from this world, but as brothers and sisters in Christ, we are no longer of this world.  Christ’s death was not just a covering, we are a new creation.

This is critically important to remember as we read the verses in today’s lesson.  We readily acknowledge in church that Christ removed death, one of the repercussions of the original sin.  But, He did not stop there.  He actually removes the sin and all the ripples of it for eternity.  Do we still face pain, longing, brokenness and mistreatment?   Yes, because we are still aliens in this physical world. But, through the work of the Holy Spirit in us, we are being transformed back into the state that we were with God before the original sin.  He can heal our pain, He can provide for our needs. He can remove the thorns and thistles that entangle us.  He can teach us how to live together without longing or domineering.  All of that is from sin.  These are not God’s design, they are all bad things that were ripples from our original sin.  God sacrificed the animal in the garden to cover our sin, but He sacrificed His only son to remove the sin and ALL that goes with it.

BSF Genesis: Week 4, Day 4

Today’s Scriptures

Questions:

10.
a. They realized they were naked

b.  They hid because they were afraid because they realized they were naked

11.
a. The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it — Absolutely not

b.
The serpent deceived me, and I ate.

c.
Adam and Eve – all of mankind bears the responsibility to this day, outside of the saving act of Jesus, who bore that responsibility on the cross for those who believe.

12.
Sin changes my perspective, as it did theirs. I’m also convicted by their denial of responsibility because I do that as well.

My Daily Journal:

Sin changes our perspective.  It changes not only what we see but also how we see it.  The verse says, “then the eyes of both of them were opened.”  We tend to assign positive traits to open eyes, but that is only accurate in positive situations.  Open eyes around a welding torch results in permanent loss of vision.  Open eyes in a sand or dust storm results in pain and suffering.  Strongs dictionary explains that one use of the word open that appears in this verse is “to enable to see things, which otherwise are hidden from the eyes of mortals.”  There are things we are not supposed to see, things that are better that we don’t see and things that we will only see in heaven.  Having our eyes shielded in not a bad thing, any more than sunglasses or safety goggles are bad things.  Because, as we see from Adam and Eve having our eyes open when our focus is not on God streams in things that fill our heart with fear.

This brings up my other observation about perspective.  Because of their ability to see shame and nakedness and fear, that is where their eyes and heart went.  In the process, they missed out on the amazing beauty hidden in these verses.  Take out all of the stuff about sin, nakedness, shame, fear, and blame from these verses and what you are left with is the following: “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?””  Can you even picture the beauty of that scene?  But it was totally missed.

Finally, a nugget that I didn’t realize before, but that I think will help with day 5 of our lesson this week.  In verse 7 it says, Then the eyes of both of them were opened.  I didn’t recognize, before, that this came onto them simultaneously.