Genesis 1:3 (ESV), “And God said, “let there be light,” and there was light.”
I want that to sink in for a second. Those words that God spoke. When He speaks things happen. His voice is mighty, powerful, and life-changing. He goes on to speak more things to life. God’s voice, is life. It brings forth things we didn’t know could exist. All He has to do is say the Word and it is done.
Doesn’t that give you a bit of comfort? That you can lean on God, know that He is in control and it is His voice that will guide you.That you can lean on God, know that He is in control and it is His voice that will guide you.
1:27, “so God created man in his own image in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
2:7, “then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.”
2:22-24, “And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman because was taken out of Man. Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife and they shall become one flesh.”
God made man and woman in His image. I will sit here as you run to your mirror and take a moment to look at yourself.
I know, I have struggled with not only my own image but the flaws I see, whether it is with my teeth or the blemishes I see. However, recently I take more time to go back to scripture and then look at myself in the mirror.
It is incredible to know God knew me before he created me. God knew how he was going to put my nose or the color of my eyes. I find the details fascinating. Don’t you?
He took time not only on you, your children, your husband, but also the cashier at the store. We are all made in the image of God and that is something to be in awe about. He formed man out of dust from the ground, now if that doesn’t amaze you, I don’t know what does.
He is a wonderful artist. Sweet daughter, He designed you. You are beautiful in His image, now you need to dig deeper in the Word and have the Word apart of your daily life.
3:3-5, “but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die’” but the serpent said to the woman, “you will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like god, knowing good and evil.”
Here comes the first lie. The lie that unraveled things. The lie that would continue to build more lies.
3:6-7, “so when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.”
Let’s just stop here for a second. Isn’t that the thing about sin… it looks good for the moment, it will give you a moment of happiness, yet you can’t see the chains that are attached to it.
It is like a spider web, you don’t always see that web, it blends in with it surroundings that you walk into it, and you can feel it sticking to your skin, it feels like you won’t get it off.
That is what came with this fruit that you couldn’t see, the invisible chains that came with it. That when they took the first bite, the chains wrapped around them and it began to bring shame to their hearts.
They then began doubting what God had created. They tried to hide themselves behind clothing. They weren’t comfortable in the skin that God made them.
If we go back to verse 1:27, God made them in His image. Yet, as soon as that first bite was done. The chains took over. They doubted God.
3:8, “and they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.”
3:11, “He said, “who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of 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 of 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 deceived me, and I ate.”
This hits me like a ton of bricks. The man didn’t own up to his actions, neither did the woman. They both made the choice to disobey God, but they kept finger pointing at someone else.
Don’t we have that now in today’s society? We are still dealing with that now.
Moment of honesty?
I have pointed the finger. It was anything to deflect the situation from myself to someone else. Anything to take the eyes off of me.
That is what Adam and Eve both did. Rather than owning up to the choice that they made, they pointed at someone else. It was a chain reaction. From Adam to Eve, and to the serpent. That is what started the consciences that came after. We can learn from these mistakes that have been made by them.
We can take a stand, rather than pointing the finger, we can say, “Hey, I made a mistake. I am sorry.” It can be scary, nerve-racking when you have to apologize for knowing you made a mistake, one you knew you shouldn’t have.
As you repent, it breaks those invisible chains that the enemy wants to put on your life. The more chains, the further down you are pulled away from God.
3:21, “And the LORD God made for Adam and his wife garments of skins and clothed them.”
Even though God was upset, hurt that they would have not owned up to their mistakes. He still clothed them. They were His creations, His children, however; He still wanted to take care of them. Show them that even though they were banished from the Garden of Eden, He still loved them.