Advent Day 2: Genesis 3

December 4, 2022

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Verse 1 : Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?"

Have I not heard the same sound and craftiness in my life? Oh my soul, isn't it familiar, the words of the serpent which questioned the counsel of the LORD, continues to do so in your daily endeavors. Daily, Oh Lord, Thou teaches me to do Thy will. Daily also Oh Lord, has the voice of the enemy cast doubt into the clarity and efficacy of the Words from Thy mouth. The voice questions whether you really have said Thy commands. The voice questions if Thy commands have been clearly communicated. Oh Lord, deliver me from such deception, for Thou art clear with Thy will and Thy commands!

Verse 4 -5 : But the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.

Has there been no greater danger oh my soul, than that of the clear, pure waters of truth be mixed with little potions of the poisonous lie. Oh what truth that God desires we be like Him, for He has thus created us in His image, and in desiring that we fellowship with Him and have dominion over His creation, are we not called to be like Him? Yet, such is the promise of the Serpent oh my soul, a promise affirming the blessing of God apart from the means that God has set to attain such a blessing. Oh Lord, my soul has been deceived countless times! Help me Lord, whenever I hear that pleasure is good, but is to be attained by disregarding Your will and way. Oh Lord, shut my ears towards such deception, I pray.

Verse 6: So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.

Oh my soul, does not this describe thy experience with temptation to sin? Temptation to sin blindeth thy eyes to the ugliness of iniquities. Temptation to sin deafen thy ears to the shout of those burning in hell, "Don't do it! Don't rebel against almighty God! Oh Lord, help us to see sin for what it is, a cesspool of misery leading to destruction. Remove the outer shell than shines, and show the hollowness of such pursuits.

Verse 9-10 : But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, "Where are you?" And he said, "I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself."

Oh soul, are you not ashamed when thou has sinned against the One who loveth you and gave you all things good, true, and lovely? Shall you hide from Him that knoweth all things and searches all hearts? Are you able to cover the bright sunlight with a speckle of dust? Oh my soul, do not hide from Thy creator. Shameful and fearful it is, yet from Him, who can run and who can hide?

Verse 15 : I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.

What? an offspring? Has not Thou promised oh Lord, that any who shall eat of the forbidden fruit shall surely die? Should we deserve to live, and not only to live, but to have offspring? Shall we deserve an offspring who will deliver us from this sin and misery? Oh Lord! How generous of Thee.

Verse 20: The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.

Mother of all living? Wasn't she to die? Yet she did not perish, neither her offspring, nor the next, nor the next, until truly her name fit her calling, that in her life does not cease, but life precedes from her.

Verse 21: And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.

Oh Lord, how amazing is Thy generosity. Thou has been generous, and we oh Lord, especially me, deserve just punishment for my rebellion, hatred, callousness, and blatant ignorance of Thee. Yet, for Adam and his wife, Thou made! Thou made! Thou made garments of skin and clothed them! Oh what animals were sacrificed for such sins as theirs, animals that neither prompted them to sin, nor sinned themselves. Oh, my sins are too great to be covered by such animals. But praise be to God! Hallelujah! The Lamb of God cometh, to take away the sins of the world! The Lamb of God cometh, to cover me and cleanse me from my iniquities! Come Lord Jesus, vindicate Thy servants who trust in Thee to cleanse and cover them.

In Christ's Name, Amen.

What? an offspring? Has not Thou promised oh Lord, that any who shall eat of the forbidden fruit shall surely die? Should we deserve to live, and not only to live, but to have offspring? Shall we deserve an offspring who will deliver us from this sin and misery? Oh Lord! How generous of Thee.


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