A humbled and open heart is fertile soil for God’s seeds of wisdom. Establishing deeper roots requires analyzing God’s word to discover truths, values, and lessons for application to our lives. Periodically, a scripture or passage calls for further exploration, like Genesis 3:10-19.
The book of Genesis is the first book in the Old Testament and sets the tone for the redemption story. Moses is commonly attributed as the author of Genesis. After the creation story, we read about the temptation and fall of Adam and Eve. Verses 10 through 19 pick up after the forbidden fruit have been eaten and God is asking man, “Where are you?’ Our selected passage picks up at Adam’s response.
In verse 10, Adam shares that he hid from God because he was naked. Now, Adam hadn’t been concerned with his nakedness before, but after eating the forbidden fruit his eyes were opened. God already knew where Adam was and what he had done. But God uses the question, to give Adam a chance to assess himself and admit his sin to God. Yet the first thing out of Adam’s mouth was blaming others. Even Eve blamed the serpent for deceiving her. Their blaming others shows the nature of their own hearts. They weren’t in a place where they could admit that they had been disobedient.
Then, the Lord begins to show that He is full of justice and mercy. The serpent, Eve, and Adam receive individual punishment for their part in eating from the forbidden tree. First, God curses the serpent to be permanently be positioned under the foot of humanity. Then God turns to Eve and holds her accountable for eating the forbidden fruit. Two specific things were imposed upon her: intensifying pain in bearing children and the dynamics of marriage would be shifted. She would desire to control him, but she would ultimately be in submission to him. Finally, Adam receives his punishment for listening to and obeying his wife instead of what God commanded. The relationship between man and earth was forever marred by his sin. Now, Adam would experience painful physical labor as he worked to bear fruit of the earth. The process of getting food was going to require effort. Now, Adam was going to have to seek after everything instead of God providing everything for them. And after all the toiling, they would return to the very dust they were formed from. Yet, after the punishment, God still covered Adam and Eve with clothes.
In disobedience, God is still good and merciful and just. So often we turn away and try to hide our sin from God. Yet, God already knows. And when we acknowledge and submit to God, there is a grace that comes along with it. A grace that still covers us although it is undeserved. A grace that continues to find ways to free us from our sin. A grace that walks alongside us and counsels us on being better every single day. I want to encourage you to lean into God’s grace today and every day.