Through the Bible, January 3

Read: Genesis 3-5

Summary: Sin enters creation with devastating consequences

All that God had made was good.  It could be no other way.  But one of the primary features (or conditions) of the good creation made by God was man’s capacity to exercise his own will.  God never violated the free moral agency (as it is often called) of man as a part of his place in this world.  That meant that not only could man choose to disobey God, but that he must also suffer very real consequences for that bad choice.

These chapters introduce the major conflict in the Bible’s story line: human sin placing humanity at enmity with God and thus subject to His wrath (Rom. 1:18; 5:8; Eph. 5:6).  The ultimate, eternal plan of God is evident in His response to Adam and Eve’s sin (see Gen. 3:15) to which New Testament makes reference as well (John 13:18; Gal. 3:16).

Sin’s effect extends from destroying man’s relationship to God (Adam and Even driven from the garden) to destroying the closest of human relationships (Cain kills his brother Abel) to wide scale degradation of mankind (the flood–tomorrow’s reading).

Devotional Thought:

Sin is Good

How can that be?  That is how Eve saw the fruit God had forbidden that she or Adam eat.  She observed that it was “good for food…a delight to the eyes, and…desired to make one wise” (Gen. 3:6).

It was “good” but it ruined the blessing of life in the garden.

It was “good” but it damaged the first couple’s marriage.

It was “good” but it destroyed a family.

It was “good” but it made worship worthless.

It was “good” but severed man’s intimate relationship with God.

No matter how “good” we may consider sin to be, it will have the last word and it will destroy what is genuinely good.

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