Through the Bible in One Year

Day 2

Genesis 3-4

In today’s two chapters from Genesis we see the end of the idealistic and perfect world that Adam and Eve lived in.  However, the end to this idealistic world that Adam and Eve lived in came about not because of any kind of action on God’s, but rather it came about because of Adam and Eve’s direct disobedience to God.  But how did this happen?

Satan through the serpent, attacked God through his creation.  Satan raised questions about God’s motives and the truth of his Word, and Adam and Eve believed Satan’s lies and acted upon them.  And as a result of this the curse of sin came upon humanity, and God pronounced severe consequences on his creation, including the human race.  But this is not the end of the story God gives us a glimpse of his plan to redeem humanity and the world in Genesis 3:15, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

This verse is not just referring to our fear and hatred of snakes, but it is the first hope of God’s plan to defeat evil and restore his relationship with us.  It predicts the full victory of God over Satan.  It is the prophecy of a spiritual conflict between the woman’s offspring (the Lord Jesus Christ) and Satan’s evil forces.  God promised that Christ would be born of a woman and would be “struck” by his unjust death to completely “crush” Satan, sin and death in order to save the human race.  Which is why at the end of chapter 3 God does not destroy the tree of life, but rather blocks our access to it for a time.

Tomorrows Bible Reading:

Genesis 5-7; Matthew 3:7-4:11; Psalm 3:1-8; Proverbs 1:10-19

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