God's story begins with God, revealing crucial insights into His power and person:
The creation of the heavens and earth reveals the greatness, wisdom, power, and goodness of God.
The prohibition given regarding a certain tree, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die" (Genesis 2:16-17), shifts the story from God to man. That prohibition requires faith in the revealed attributes of God and the exercise of man's self-control.
Instead of appropriating God's word regarding the forbidden tree, Adam and Eve heed the voice of the serpent, who questions God's goodness and the veracity of God's word, and eat the tree's fruit. They die spiritually and are evicted from the garden, lest they eat of the tree of life and live eternally condemned.
God responds to the couple's sin by giving a promise of redemption and picture of redemption:
The promise of redemption - "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel" (3:15). Someday, one would come and take back what was lost in the garden of Eden.
The picture of redemption - "Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them" (3:21). An innocent animal-something that God had esteemed as "very good"-must die to cover the guilty couple's nakedness.
Both the promise and picture of redemption require that the couple walk by faith in the promise of God and live in light of the picture of redemption-to believe that God is good and His word is true. And, they must pass those two truths to the following generation.
Questions from today's reading (Genesis 1:1-3:24):
What do the various systems created by God during the first six days of creation communicate about God? About the world in which we live?
What does the creation of the garden of Eden reveal about God to the first man and woman?
What happened to the dominion that God intended that man have in the garden? (See Matthew 4:8-9.)
What do the post-fall promises about redemption reveal about God's nature and man's need?
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