When I read the first few chapters of the Bible, I am always struck as to how quickly everything slides from being GOOD to being BAD. Declaring all creation to be “very good” in chapter one and creating beautiful garden of paradise for Man and Woman in chapter two, the Bible provides us a glimpse into creation as God intended it to be: beautiful, balanced, and harmonious.
But the creation (and especially the human creatures) do not remain in harmony. Man and Woman, Adam and Eve, choose to disobey God. The story in Genesis 3 is often called “The Fall”, because humanity “fell” out of God’s favor, but I prefer to call it “The Rebellion” because they rebelled against God’s order and design. The Fall sounds accidental or unintended. Their rebellion is not an isolated historical oddity. It is a deliberate act., a rebellion in which we all participate.
We have all decided to go our own way and leave God’s chosen path. We each do it in unique ways, but at the root of it all, we rebel against God being God.
For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
Our rebellion is our sinful desire to be little gods. Genesis 3-11 show how the human rebellion grow as Cain kills Abel (Genesis 4) and wickedness permeates all humankind (Genesis 6:5).
Yet there is good news in these chapters as God always provided for God’s children even during the rebellion. God provided animal skins to clothe Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:21). God provided protection for Cain (Genesis 4:15) and an ark for Noah (Genesis 6:13-14). Ultimately God chose Abraham to be the pioneer in God’s restoration (Genesis 12:3). Through Abraham, a savior would come to save us from our Rebellion.
How do you rebel against God? How has God continued to reach out to you?
Lord Jesus, forgive me of my sin and restore me to the Vibrant Life of faith in you.