by Joe Alain

Paradise Lost
Joe Alain
Genesis 3:1-7

Some years ago our family went white water rafting down the Nantahala River in North Carolina. At one point on our wild ride, I was thrown out of the raft. Without my daughter Rachel and my oldest son Ben, I would have never gotten back into that raft. I was completely helpless being dragged along by strong currents scraping myself up at the bottom of the river. I fell out of the boat and I wasn't getting back up without some outside help.

Genesis is the book of beginnings. It's also about endings of a sort. With the entrance of sin into the world in Genesis 3, we have the loss of innocence. Man has fallen out of the boat, and he's being dragged by currents he cannot overcome, and he can't seem to get back up without outside help.

If you ever wondered why you struggle in life, why you do the things you hate and don't do the things you wish, why you struggle with fears and phobias, why life seems like you're just laboring at times, why the world seems out of control, if you've wondered why bad things happen to good people, you need to look no further than what took place in Genesis 3 and how it plays out in our very own lives.

The Serpent's Question (3:1)
The setting is the Garden of Eden. It's a place of beauty, a place of abundance, a place of innocence. And God has given this place to Adam and Eve, they are the caretakers of God's good creation. They are to enjoy God's provision and to ''work it [labor is good] and take care of it'' (2:15). The only thing off limits is ''the tree of the knowledge of good and evil'' (2:17). And the day that they eat of that tree, they ''will surely die.''

What happens in Genesis 3 will not make any sense unless we realize that all people, Men and women have been created by God in his image meaning we are free moral beings (cf. Gen. 1). Rather than saying that Adam and Eve were perfect before the fall, it's probably better to describe them as innocent. They were far from ...

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