Day 3 - The Fall
Read Genesis 3:6-15.
What we read today was a sad moment for all of mankind. God cared for and provided for His people; He never lacked anything. He loved them with a love that is far better than any kind of love you or I have ever experienced from another person. But humans are weak and Adam and Eve were deceived. They thought they needed more. Don’t we do the same? And their consequences were serious. Sin and death entered into the world and every single person is affected by it, even from before we are born! It’s like there was a really amazing domino display, and one act of disobedience toppled all of them down.
Then something shocking happened! When God cursed the serpent who tempted Adam and Eve, did you notice that He also made a promise full of hope for mankind? Verse 15 says, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
Even the very first people God made were looking forward to the coming of Jesus. They didn’t know much about Him at all, but they knew that God promised someone would come and destroy Satan, even if it meant being harmed himself. We know that this Someone is Jesus!
Romans 5 helps us understand this a lot better. “Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous” (vses 18-19.) It’s like Jesus somehow undid the toppled dominos. It’s like a house was burned down but He was able to put it back together. But what Jesus actually accomplished is so much more impressive than either of those things: by His one death and resurrection, He removed the curse of sin and death for all who would believe in Him! He is sometimes called “The Second Adam” because He, like Adam, did something that affected many, many people. However, unlike Adam, instead of bringing death to the human race He conquered death and provided eternal life! Praise Jesus!
Read Day 1 here.
Read Day 2 here.
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