Monday, January 14, 2013

The First Sin

Genesis 3:1-24

Our beginnings are filled with paradise, temptation, self-protection, consequences and redemption. God created us and gave us a paradise to live in with only one command - do not eat of the one tree. The serpent tempted us to doubt God's command, God's provision, and God's sovereignty - encouraging us to be like God. We believed the serpent rather than God, and the consequences were immediate. Our fellowship with God was broken, shame replaced innocence, self-protection replaced self-awareness, and accusations began to fly. That was not the end of the story. It was not even the beginning of the story. While paradise was lost to Adam and Eve, they were not lost to God. In spite of their sin, He covered their shame. He covered their shame with clothing made from animal skins, meaning He had shed the blood of innocent animals to cover the shame of guilty humans just as He would one day shed the blood of an innocent Lamb, Jesus. He redeemed them. That has always been His plan, to redeem sinners.