Our Covering

Sigh… I’ve been reading Genesis chapter 3 for the past year now and I still don’t get it. This chapter talks about the Fall of Man: where Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden tree. This chapter is just 24 verses, and yet it packs an ocean of meaning. And every once in a while I come across something new that is both enlightening and perplexing. In this article, I will go over a recent one

below are verses 9 to 13

The Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

~ Genesis 3:9-13

Ah, the famous blame-game going on here. Adam blames Eve and then Eve blames the serpent. Blame is simply the discharging of discomfort and pain: We often try to fault others for our mistakes because it makes us feel like we’re still in control

But when I read this for the 100th time, I’ve noticed something new:

  • God asked the Where, Who, and What questions
  • but Adam and Eve answered the Why questions

It seems to me that Adam sincerely believes his words could somehow justify his actions. I wonder, where on earth did he get this idea? Who gave him this idea? I don’t know

TBH, I would probably do the same: babble out empty words. Words that are futile in justifying a wrongdoing

So now what? Is Adam to suffer the consequences? God did say, “dying you shall surely die on the day you eat from it” (chapter 2). God went into great detail describing it in the latter part of chapter 3. But if you read closely, there’s a glimmer of hope

As God spoke to the serpent, he said:

he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel

~ Genesis 3:15b

This is the protoevangelium, which means the “first good news”. I’m too tired to go into detail, but:

  • This is God speaking words that will justify cover Adam’s wrongdoing
  • This is God “participating the blame-game” and directing it towards the word-that-became-flesh

Do we believe in God’s Word?

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