Reading: Genesis 3:6-7
The contrast between the paradise of Genesis 2 and the pain of Genesis 4 is striking. The world as we know it is not the same as the world as God created it. There was a time when this earth was free from the vagaries of humanity, when humanity lived with the promise of perpetuity, when sickness was not part of human vocabulary, and graves were unknown.
All of this changed at a point in history when we read of Adam that “he did eat.” This little statement of disobedience points us to the covenant that Adam broke with his creator: obedience meant life; disobedience meant death. The extent of this disobedience against God is seen in two particulars.
First, the place in which he sinned. Adam sinned in paradise; he could not claim that he was a victim of circumstance, social deprivation, or lack of education…
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