Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – Shrove Tuesday
Genesis 3: 17-24 (NKJV)
Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. 18Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. 19In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.” 20And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. 21Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. 22Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. 24So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
The disobedience of man in yesterday’s reading had immediate and long-term consequences on the couple, the entire human race, the ground and even the tempter! For the couple, they were banished from the Garden of Eden, and lost the close relationship with God that they had enjoyed (vs.8, 23). This also brought death into the world, both for them and the entire human race (v19, Rom. 5:12; 1Cor. 15: 21). The ground was cursed because of man’s disobedience, and the tempter was not spared either! (vs. 17, 14). Compare these consequences with the rosy picture of life that was painted for the woman when she was being tempted (vs. 4-5).
The tempter is still at work today, painting the ways of death as if they were right in order to cause people to sin (Prov. 14:12; Rom. 7:11). No matter how attractively a particular act of sin is presented, let us remember that the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23), and therefore run away from every appearance of evil (1Thes. 5:22).
Prayer: Lord, deliver me from every temptation!