WEEDS!!! They are so prolific this year, and I cannot seem to stay on top of them. Once I get to the last of all the garden beds, the first one is ready to be weeded, again! Ugh. What a curse those weeds are- literally! It will be nice to have weed-free gardens in heaven. 🙂
I just read Genesis 3, where Satan takes the form of a serpent and deceives the woman. Several things grabbed my attention.
First of all, the woman wasn’t surprised when the serpent spoke to her. Perhaps it was a bit like Narnia in the Garden of Eden, and the animals talked? I think it would be wonderful if they talked again someday!
Next, the woman added to God’s words when she talked to the serpent. “And the woman said to the serpent, ‘From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.”” ~Genesis 3:2-3. When God created the garden for them, He told them they shall not eat from that tree (Genesis 2:17), but He didn’t say “don’t touch”.
Also, Satan wanted them to rebel against God and die from the beginning of Creation. He hates God so much, and us because God loves us and made us in His image, that he immediately went after God’s first children. “And the serpent said to the woman, ‘You surely shall not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.'” ~Genesis 3:4-5. Satan, the ultimate liar, called God a liar! And he stroked the woman’s ego, implying that she could be like God- which was the cause of Satan’s fall from heaven in the first place: wanting to be like God.
And so because of the serpent’s deceptive words, the woman listening to and acting upon those words, and Adam following along, sin entered God’s beautiful, perfect Creation. The consequences were immediate, horrible, and worldwide.
After they ate the fruit and sinned, Adam and his wife immediately realized they were naked. What a wonderful world it must have been before that, not worrying about how you, or others around you, looked. The shallowness of judging from outward appearance was a part of sin entering the world.
More importantly, they lost their intimate fellowship with God- how amazing it must have been to walk and talk with God in the perfect garden! They hid from Him because they knew they were naked. Knowledge of their inner hearts and faults must have caused them to realize their guilt, and their hearts would be naked before God.
Death immediately entered the picture. Animals were killed so that God could make clothes for them with the skins- the first blood sacrifice on our behalf. All of Creation began dying that day.
God pronounced a curse upon the serpent, the woman, the man, and the ground. Terrible consequences indeed! Hmm, I seem to have had to suffer through the painful childbirth AND the cursed ground and weeds- sigh.
We read in the very first curse handed down, to the serpent, that God immediately set into motion His plan to redeem man from sin- “And the LORD God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life; and I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head and you shall bruise him on the heel.'” ~Genesis 3:14-15
The serpent animal was cursed, but also the serpent Satan. He would strike a blow to Jesus, the seed of woman, at the cross, but Jesus would strike a death blow to his head- Satan knows his days are numbered. God gave us hope that day, not just a curse.
It is interesting to note that the woman’s name isn’t mentioned until after she and Adam sin and God pronounces the curse upon them and the serpent. The Hebrew word for Eve is Chavvah, which means “life or living”. She gave birth, with lots of pain because of the curse, to the first children, and we are all descended from Adam and Eve.
Isn’t there a glimpse of hope at the birth of every new child on this earth? New life represents a new beginning, a new opportunity. God immediately offered hope and new life when Jesus died, and then rose again, to redeem us from sin and death. The curses pronounced in Genesis 3 are temporary and earthly. Death is real and eternal, but only if you reject Jesus. The hope and redemption Jesus offers freely, to be accepted by us, is eternal and heavenly!