THINKING GENESIS WISE
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Genesis 3:17-18 And to Adam he [God] said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.
Considering the volume of doctrine in the first chapters of Genesis it is important that we not simply read them as a Bible story. We should prayerfully ponder the truths therein many times else we’re snared by false doctrine that adversely affects our maturation pleasing to God. Case in point is incorrectly thinking God placed a list of penalties on Adam, Eve, and all since. They’re not penalties. They are results of sinfully gaining the knowledge of good and evil.
Those results are still with us. Individually we function stimulated by the ingrained knowledge of good and evil. Additionally, we are surrounded and reinforced by a population entrenched in the potency of the knowledge of good and evil. It is a serious mistake to think of those Genesis results as penalties. Doing so is the inferred off-loading of a sizeable portion of our personal responsibility in continuing to fuel those results; the relieving mindset of “It’s not all my fault.”
My Bible software includes 10 translations. In doing a concordance search I did not find “penalty” or “penalties” in any of them. I have however heard or read those results described as penalties. After further personal revealing prayerful study I began to think and act more responsibly . . . and am more thankful than ever before.
PS. I recommend enjoying THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE, by Max Lucado, provided by Netflix.