Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Dust


Genesis 3:19 - "By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

Genesis 3 is one of the most memorable chapters in the Bible for me. In this chapter we see God both making promises, and keeping his promises. The chapter begins with the fall of man. Satan takes the form of a snake and tempts Eve to eat of the tree that God forbid them to eat from. Eve, followed by Adam, falls into temptation and immediately they are separated from God. They feel scared, they feel guilty, and they feel vulnerable. This is where God then makes a promise to them in verse 15. Even though they have failed to listen to what He says, he gives His first promise of a Savior. Shortly after is where he keeps one of his previous promises. Earlier in chapter 2, God tells Adam that if they eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they will die. We see in Genesis 3:19 that God reminds Adam and Eve of his promise, which we are still reminded of today. As we begin this season of Lent, we know that our sinful nature has separated us from God, and that the consequence of our sin is death. We need a savior, and a savior is coming. 

Image: Tree Silhouttes, John-Morgan, Uploaded via Flickr January 10, 2009, Creative Commons License

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