They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.” The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you among all animals and among all wild creatures; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”
Food For Thought:
The theme that emerges from this passage of Scripture is the blame game. Adam blames God for giving him Eve and says that the woman made him eat from the tree. Eve says that the serpent tricked her. Why are we as humans so quick to blame others? We make a mistake, and we immediately point the finger at someone else. Why can’t we take responsibility for our own actions and seek to right the situation the next time around?
God of judgment and mercy,
when we hide ourselves in shame,
you seek us out in love.
Grant us the fullness of your forgiveness,
that as one people, united by your grace,
we may stand with Christ against the powers of evil. Amen.
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