Is There Grace In Genesis Chapter 3?

You’ve probably heard it said that every page, chapter, and verse point to Jesus. Do you always see that? I will admit that I don’t. It’s easy for me to read the Bible knowing the end: Jesus is coming back and those who are saved will be alive forever with Him. So I don’t always look for Him in every verse in Genesis or Micah or Philemon. Additionally, I am a very balck and white person. What is on the page is what is on the page and that’s it. It takes a bit for me to get more out of a Scripture than what I initially read. And here is where I say thank the Lord for speaking to me as I read His Word! Anyone else?

However, the last two weeks I have been studying through the covenants and promises of God. Starting way back there in Genesis. If I asked what happened in Genesis chapter 3, you’d probably think of the fall, sin entering into the world, Adam and Eve leaving the Garden, and all of those negative consequences. To that I would say that you are right. It seems like a very hopeless situation, doesn’t it?

Verse 1 starts with Satan coming on the scene for the first time. There’s tons we could talk about with him speaking to Eve, but we will save that for another day. The first thing Satan says is, “Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” Right away he’s twisting what God said. Satan speaks in bondage. He presented this as if God didn’t allow them to eat from ANY tree. Which is so far from the truth! Chapter 2 verses 16 and 17 God gave the command, “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” God speaks in freedom. He gave one restriction, one command. All of God’s commands are good, but the enemy has a different script. Friend, he’s still whispering that same story to you and me today. Bondage, doubt, fear, discontentment. You name it. Whatever it takes for us to question God. 1 Peter 5:8 is still true. God’s boundaries are for our protection. After Adam and Eve took of the fruit, I bet they realized how good that boundary was for them. This is why God’s boundaries should be obeyed. 

Do you realize that we can obey the commands of God simply because we know Who He is? We know His Word. We know He loves us, He will not lead us astray, He has a perfect plan for us, and will work all things together for good to them that love Him. We do not have to know all of the why’s behind each command because we can trust the Who. 

We see the heartache and sin, but is there grace in Genesis chapter 3?

After Adam and Eve ate the fruit, God still came to the Garden as He always did. He didn’t ignore them. He is NOT a far off God! 

God did not instantly kill them and start the human race over. He could have. It was just two people. But He didn’t. They were His creation and He loved them deeply. 

God could have left them in their fig leaves. Instead, He killed an animal and made skins for them to wear. Without them asking, He traded their fig leaves for fur. 

God shared with them the promise of the coming Saviour. He definitely did not have to do this at all!

Lastly, God warned them of many of the coming consequences they’d face as a result of their sin. Satan sure doesn’t do that, does he? He makes it all look great until it isn’t. Even though Adam and Eve directly disobeyed the one simple command God had given, He still showed a great amount of love, grace, and mercy. 

Why did He do this? Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” His love. That’s the only reason I can imagine. He just simply wants you and I to see how much He loves us.

There’s only one conclusion we can have: God is so good!

With Hope in His Service

Heather

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