Summarize what you read in one paragraph: Genesis 3 & 4 details the first people – Adam and Eve and their sons, Cain and Abel. These two chapters are full of examples of God interacting with the first people and sets the foundations for how we walk with God today. Nearly everyone knows these stories – they are taught to our children and adults alike. Genesis 3 & 4 shows Adam and Eve eating from the forbidden tree and the jealousy and anger of Cain toward his brother, Abel. These two chapters also include God’s responses to his people’s sin.
What is one key verse?
Genesis 3:21 “And the LORD GOD made for Adam and his wife garments of skins and clothed them.”
How does what you read change your vision of God? Genesis 3:21 stuck out to me while I was reading these two familiar chapters. I had never noticed this verse before and I believe that it shows the depth of God’s grace, mercy and compassion. Here Adam and Eve have betrayed God and ruined the life in the garden that God created. God doesn’t spare Adam and Eve the consequences of their actions – Genesis 3:16-20 details the curses God’s people will endure because of this sin. However, right after issuing a curse, God then makes sure that Adam and Eve are clothed. It says that God made them clothes from skins. How kind! How loving! God takes care of his people even after they have messed up. This is grace and mercy.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others? These two chapters and God’s example of mercy toward Adam and Eve does make me see the new depths of God’s grace.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?) I want to remember God’s grace toward Adam and Eve when I sin and I want to extend that to those around me as well.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?) I read a few commentaries that made the point that Jesus is first mentioned in Genesis 3:15 when God tells the serpent that the woman’s offspring will bruise the serpent’s head.