The LORD God who created them was very generous in giving them dominion over all of creation. They were placed in an abundant garden and had the freedom and permission to eat of the fruit from any tree they chose as long as it wasn’t the one in the middle of the garden. That was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and it was the only one that was off limits. Given that all of the trees in the garden were “pleasant to the sight and good for food”, they probably never paid it much attention until the serpent started talking about it.
In hindsight, her first mistake was listening to the serpent at all. Unfortunately she did and soon the listening drew her attention to the tree. Yes, that tree. The one that was off limits. The more she looked and the more she thought about it, the more her desire for it increased. And then, it was too late. Both she and the man ate the fruit from the tree and their eyes were opened. They tried to cover up their nakedness but it didn’t help the shame they felt and so when they heard the LORD God walking in the garden, they hid.
The first two chapters of Genesis had already revealed how powerful, mighty, creative, generous, and caring God is but here in chapter 3 we also learn how compassionate, forgiving, and just He is as well.
But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
God Pursues Sinners
As man hides in his sin and shame, the LORD God calls out to man. Meditate on that for a while. And then pair it with everything else you know of God as revealed throughout the rest of scripture. We serve a God who calls and seeks and draws and pursues His own.
God is Just
In verses 14-19 we see God’s justice. He punishes and imposes consequences for the serpent, the woman, and the man. Rebellion and disobedience is not tolerated by a holy and just God.
God is Merciful
But we also see God’s grace and mercy displayed.
And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.
The LORD God provides for the man and woman, even though they had rebelled against Him. Even though they disobeyed, the LORD God restores them, clothes them, and provides a covering for them.
In this one little chapter we see paradise lost. We see the fall of man. Sin and death enter the world. Creation loses intimate fellowship with it’s Creator. Blood is shed. Nakedness and the shame of sin is covered over. And a promise is given.
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.”
Applications For Today
- Don’t over-emphasize what you perceive to be God’s prohibitions or restrictions in your life. Rather, focus on the abundance of His provision.
- Don’t receive God’s commands as burdensome or as merely suggestions to be considered. Learn to delight in them and obey by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Trust that God’s motives and intentions are pure and are focused on His glory. May we learn to rejoice in His glory and desire it over all.
- When we are convicted of sin, confess to God who is righteous and just to forgive and cleanse from all unrighteousness.
- Rejoice in, and don’t neglect, this great salvation that is promised first here in Genesis 3:15.