Yep. The older I get the truer this outburst is funny, attention getting— and especially accurate. This week our Old Testament reading focuses on creation and worse the spoil of creation. Have you ever felt that you were given something good, but then did something or forgot to do something? And then it all turns to garbage? Yeah, I have been there too. This brings us to the heart of the problem of sin.
Genesis 2:4-7, 15-17, 3:1-8(GW)
2:4-7 This is the account of heaven and earth when they were created, at the time when the LORD God made earth and heaven.
Wild bushes and plants were not on the earth yet because the LORD God hadn’t sent rain on the earth. Also, there was no one to farm the land. Instead, underground water would come up from the earth and water the entire surface of the ground.
Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the earth and blew the breath of life into his nostrils. The man became a living being.
2:15-17 Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to farm the land and to take care of it. The LORD God commanded the man. He said, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden. But you must never eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because when you eat from it, you will certainly die.”
3:1-8 The snake was more clever than all the wild animals the LORD God had made. He asked the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must never eat the fruit of any tree in the garden’?”
The woman answered the snake, “We’re allowed to eat the fruit from any tree in the garden except the tree in the middle of the garden. God said, ‘You must never eat it or touch it. If you do, you will die!’ ”
“You certainly won’t die!” the snake told the woman. “ God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened. You’ll be like God, knowing good and evil.”
The woman saw that the tree had fruit that was good to eat, nice to look at, and desirable for making someone wise. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
Then their eyes were opened, and they both realized that they were naked. They sewed fig leaves together and made clothes for themselves.
In the cool of the evening, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking around in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees in the garden.
And how often do we run and hide, as if that will solve the problems? But the reality is that sin brings with it guilt (inner sense of failure) and shame (sense of failure before others).
Come this Sunday as we explore this creation/creation spoiled text.