God Creates the World; Adam and Eve Sin
Genesis 2:4b-7, 15-17; 3:1-8
Key Verses: “Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being… [Eve] 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.” Genesis 2:7;3:6b-7a
Background: Genesis tells the story of creation twice. The first is most familiar; “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…” poetically the account sketches out God’s creation day by day, “And God saw that it was good.” Humans were the last thing God created before resting on the seventh day.
Today’s reading tells the second creation account in Genesis. Here God formed Adam out of the dust of the earth before finishing creation so Adam could be caretaker of all God would make. God placed Adam and Eve in the garden, forbidding them to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But both fell prey to the serpent, listening to its tempting words, and they ate the forbidden fruit. The fruit was not poisoned or magical; in their disobedience they brought shame upon themselves, thereby knowing sin even as they helped bring it about.
Community: How does being a caretaker of God’s creation shape how you live your life? What can you do to care for the planet and God’s people?
What does it mean to you that God’s breath lives within you?
At Home: Observe the ways in which you experience shame. Observe too, ways in which God’s forgiveness offers you new opportunities for life.
Read This Week:
Monday: Cain and Abel, Genesis 4:1-16
Tuesday: Noah, Genesis 6:11-22 (or 6:1-9:29)
Wednesday: The Tower of Babel,Genesis 11:1-9
Thursday: God Calls Abram, Genesis 12:1-9
Friday: Abram Lies to Pharaoh about Sarai,Genesis 12:10-13:1
Saturday: Abram and Lot Part Ways, Genesis 13:2-18
Next Week: God Promises Abraham Descendants, Genesis 15:1-6