Week One Thoughts

My wife and I have been going through the Reading Plan each night together. We have gotten in the habit, if you can call three days a habit, of talking about what stands out to us in what is being read. One of the things that really stood out to me this week is how quickly sin completely changed the landscape of life. We are not certain how long Adam and Eve were in the garden before they committed the first sin, but what we do know is that once they did sin the whole world as they knew it changed.

The casual walking through the garden of Eden with God now came to an end, and Adam and Eve now felt shame, but along with shame came consequences. The main consequence that came with the fall is death. In Genesis 3:21 we see the first death of an animal, in order to clothe the shame of Adam and Eve. Then we jump down to Genesis 4, and we not only see the first death of person, but also the first murder. Oh how fast we see the effects of the fall, but thankfully there is hope!

We can see some glimpses of hope alluded to throughout the first few chapters of Genesis, from Genesis 3:15, to the account of Noah. We must see Jesus as the one that will strike or crush the head of the serpent, and that Jesus is the better Noah (https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/better-version-noahs-ark/).

It can be hard reading through passages like these that seem so bleak and hopeless, but we know there is hope and salvation from sin. Remember as we continue reading, Jesus came to fulfill all of the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 5:17), so keep your eyes on Jesus as you are reading, and you will find Him.

Pastor Josh