Real Faith for Real Life
Genesis Chapter 3
Gleanings from the Fall by Diane Reece
The serpent is described right away as crafty, cunning. His first words pose doubt. His next words lie. That’s all he says. That’s all there is to him. But it’s enough. We know who he is. We know his purpose.
Adam and Eve listened to the doubt. Swallowed the lie. Disobedience entered the garden. And the consequences remain.
It is probably a good thing I am not Eve. Oh to suffer for the rest of my life knowing what my decision caused! To see the suffering, experience the loss--to have walked with God! And then not.
And then to see how my decision to disobey followed my offspring--to know my oldest killed his brother, my son! And to see what becomes of my oldest after he gave in to temptation...if only I hadn’t listened all those years ago…
But my decisions are not unlike Eve’s. I have regrets. I tend to be overly critical of my past. Very harsh in my opinion of my younger self. I can see my disobedience and choices follow me around like something nipping at my heels. Trying to keep me unbalanced. Unsure.
I can see my negative qualities reflect in my children...if only I hadn’t gone with the crowd all those years ago…
But wait. Adam and Eve were given a promise. I tend to dwell on the bleakness too much. There is hope! God does not leave them without hope. A hope that travels throughout the writings of the Old Testament. It travels many roads, visits many homes, and dwells in God’s people. Hope. There is one coming… One who will come and put things right…
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.
Jesus. My savior. Hope realized. In the flesh! Oh, the good!...realized.
Jesus. My champion. My protector. My redeemer! He has redeemed all that ugliness from my past. Yes, some of the consequences dog me, but they do not defeat me. I have a strength inside me that is greater. I cannot change the past, but I can learn from it.
And now I’m full circle back to Eve. I can learn from my past, from her past, and others. My children can learn from my past and others. How very brave of her to “let” her life be written! All the faults right there--for everyone to see forever! And to see that despite her failures, her faults, God is there. In the beginning, God. In Eve’s beginning, God. In my beginning, God. He is there. He is always there!
May my life--faults and failings, joys and successes--point to the One who walks with me. Just like Eve.
Here is a song my family sang a long, long time ago. It reminds me of how Adam and Eve’s story ends. Victory! Praise the Lord!