Read: Genesis 3:1-24
Genesis is the book of “beginnings.” In yesterday’s reading, we had the creation story. The beginning of the universe, the world, and life is described there. Today we are confronted with another beginning. It is the beginning of sin and death. We often think of the beginning of sin as the eating of fruit from the forbidden tree, but sin was introduced when doubt about the veracity of God was acted out. The serpent planted the seed of doubt when he asked, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the treen in the garden?”
Adam and Eve succumbed to the doubt, ate the fruit, and thus introduced death to the human race.
But that is not the end of the story. In verse 15 redemption is introduced through God’s pronouncement of judgment directed toward the serpent (Satan). “I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” God has a gift for you – redemption!