Genesis 3–5, Matthew 2
2 minutes before I began my reading for the day I was in a horrible mood. I’m pregnant, my stomach has been cramping, it is 105 degrees where I live, and really, it is not that hard to make me irritable right now (I know I know…I’m usually a rather pleasant person). Thinking about reading and blogging about my findings actually lifted my mood a bit, but I made sure to pray (for a solid 15–25 seconds) before I delved into it.
Genesis 3 talks about “The Fall.” Humanity is no longer perfect and it is all Eve’s fault. Or is it Adam’s? Or ultimately the serpent’s? Whose fault is it? Truthfully, I don’t think placing the blame matters. All were at fault, and all were punished, including the rest of mankind along with them (thanks, guys). So this is not what gets my goat, but rather it was part of verse 6 “When the woman saw the fruit of the tree was good for food…pleasing to the eye…” Eve certainly was tempted by sin. She was lured, seduced, bewitched, etc but she was not forced. After this temptation, she found ways of justifying giving in to it. She thought it looked good, it was pleasing to the eye, attractive. Sin generally is momentarily pleasurable, so she probably wasn’t wrong with that assessment. Further justification was reminding herself that hey, it’s good for food. Because her and Adam were on the brink of starvation, right? There were zero other trees to eat from, so if anything she should be thankful to the serpent for revealing the one food source left! Of course this is not the case, but she was grasping at straws for reasons to sin. Don’t we all? We usually justify ways that sin is “good for us” and forgo all reason and give in to the temptation- it’s attractive, easy, accessible, we’re drunk, we’re young, she’s rude, I earned it, it’s hot, just this once, they’ll never know, what harm could it do? etc etc etc.
Verses 12 and 13 are, in my opinion, more ways that the sinners are justifying their sin. Adam of course wastes no time to point the finger at Eve. It seems as he takes it a step further and even tries to blame God, for his OWN sin! Gen 3:12- “…the woman you put here with me, she gave me some fruit from the tree…” Adam has to point out that hey, it was God who placed the woman there for Adam in the first place, “I didn’t put her here, and you know what? She gave me the fruit. So basically, I have zero responsibility in all this.” Eve is hardly better, of course, because she places blame with the serpent.
Intentionally misplacing responsibility for their actions is just further evidence of them trying to justify their sinful ways. Rather than admitting the sin, repenting, and asking for forgiveness they found ways to state how the sin was unavoidable, thus (in their minds) validated. It almost seems comical that they thought they could “get away” with it by blaming others, and yet, I know we do it every day in our own lives subconsciously or not. I should be the first to admit that it is usually my own fault. Sure, I could have been tempted, that person could have totally been rude to me, the situation may honestly have been out of my control, but nothing gives me license to give into my sinful nature, especially willingly.
To lighten the mood we have Cain and Abel up next. How awful is Cain, right? He is overly jealous, rude, ungrateful, and oh yeah, he murdered his own brother. I especially enjoy Genesis 4:13 when he receives his punishment for his atrocious crime, and rather than being thankful for such a light sentence, he complains and says TO GOD “My punishment is more than I can bear.” What about poor Abel? Was he capable of bearing murder? I just don’t appreciate how ungrateful Cain is, I suppose. I mean there’s what, about 4 people living on the earth so you decide to off around 25% of the world’s population because you couldn’t contain your jealousy?
Thankfully my reading ended in Matthew and I was left feeling impressed and uplifted. It is marveling to see what faith the 3 Magi must have had for the arrival of Jesus! To be a full grown man and bow down and worship a child (albeit their savior, but still in childhood at the time) is something that fills me with awe. Not to go unnoticed is the constant reminder of all the prophecies Jesus has already fulfilled at such a young age! In Matthew 2 alone he has fulfilled 5 Old Testament prophecies. It’s great to see, because often as Christians we want to disregard the Old Testament and can even feel that it is not important. Though I’m not in that camp, it’s fairly difficult to argue otherwise at times and yet, there it is. The Old Testament time and time again points to Jesus.
And now, I’m in an air conditioned home, read the Bible, and my stomach hurts a little less.