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Week 1 Day 4
This passage is sometimes referred to as "The Fall"
whatever you call it
something tragic happened
that forever changed
our lives and relationships
When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit
they received their first blow from evil
It struck like a wedge between them
Their innocence vanished
and they sewed leaves together
to hide their shame.
The judgments of God are swift and severe
but notice at the end
God is still there
and offering an act of kindness.
We were created for God
and to enjoy God's presence
But then God gave us freewill
so that we can accept or reject
we can say yes or no
We can turn away from God on our own freewill
We can turn back toward God on our own freewill
The remainder of the Bible demonstrates
how God seeks to return us to himself
in great events
in daily happenings
again and again and again.
They listened to the wrong voice, then made excuses.
1The serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field
which the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, "Has
God said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?" 2The woman said, "We may eat the fruit of the trees;3but of the fruit of the tree in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'"
4The serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die.
5God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
6When the woman saw that the tree was good for food
and desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband, and he ate. 7The eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were
naked; they sewed figs leaves together and made coverings.
8Then they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in
the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord. 9The Lord
God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?"
10Adam said, "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was
afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself."
11God said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have
you eaten from the tree I commanded you not to eat?" 12The man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, gave me of the tree, and I ate." 13The Lord God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
14So the Lord God said to the serpent: "Because you
have done this, you are cursed more than every beast of the
field; on your belly you shall go, and eat dust all the days of
your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman."
16To the woman He said: "I will greatly multiply your
sorrow; in pain you shall bring forth children; your desire
shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you."
17Then to Adam He said: "Cursed is the ground for your
sake; in toil you shall eat of it all your days. 18Thorns and
thistles it shall bring forth. 19 In the sweat of your face you
shall eat bread till you return to the ground; for dust you are,
and to dust you shall return."
20Adam called his wife's name Eve. 21Also for Adam and
his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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