Humanity Rebelled Against God

from the This Is the Gospel reading plan

Genesis 3:1-19, Deuteronomy 28:15-19, Isaiah 1:4-5, Romans 5:12-14

Eden. Even today in our post-everything world, the name stirs up images of some innocent paradise, some half-remembered dream. Everything was going along so well in the first two chapters of the Bible’s first book. God’s voice said, “Let there be light!” and that singular domino tipped the other elements of creation, causing an explosion of life in all its stunning wonder—from fruit trees to great sea monsters, to male and female in His own image, complete with a garden to hold everything on display. And the divine verdict on it all? Very good.

“Eden. With, of course, its serpent. No Eden valid without serpent.” — Wallace Stegner

Free will. It was at the core of the very good creation. The God-ordained freedom to choose. And into the gift of that freedom slithered the most cunning of all the wild animals the LORD God had made. The serpent’s voice said, “Did God really say…?” and that singular question was just enough to root doubt in the mind of the woman and man. God had given them the world, so to speak, yet the serpent suggested there might be something more.

“God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God…” (Genesis 3:5).

With her God-given freedom the woman took and ate what God had deemed off-limits. Then the man, in that same freedom, took and ate as well. And no doubt with juice still on their hands, their eyes were opened. Sin and all its dark consequences snaked into the world: shame, pain in childbirth, and work by the sweat of the brow—just to name a few. Humanity rebelled against God, “turned their backs on him” (Isaiah 1:4), and the beautiful melody of Eden was broken.

And yet it is worth noting that while the serpent was cursed, the man and woman were not. They would indeed bear the burdens of the curse, but they themselves were not. Even as it looked like all was lost, something else stirred in the ruins, something that was very good. The hope of the Coming One.    

Written by John Blase

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23 thoughts on "Humanity Rebelled Against God"

  1. Joel Porter says:

    Lord, thank you for the gift of free will. Strengthen me to resist temptation and lift my eyes to you from whom my help comes. Amen

    Psalms 121

  2. JR Harkness says:

    The serpent. A creation of God. Free will to choose Him, our sovereign God. To me that’s huge. He didn’t create robots that will bend to His will as if programmed, but instead perfect image bearers that He let’s choose to love Him. If we can choose to love Him, then we can also choose the rebel against Him. It’s all about Jesus.

  3. Dillon Reed says:

    The Protoevangelium (Genesis 3:15), or the “first gospel,” is the Bible’s first remarks on Jesus Christ’s coming. In fact, we see that God is damning the serpent to be struck on the head by woman’s offspring but not before the serpent bites the offspring’s heel.

    In this early scene, we have a clear depiction of Jesus’s death and subsequent victory over the serpent. Jesus’s heel was struck as He hang on the cross, but He smashed the serpent’s head by walking out of His tomb.

  4. Drew Roe says:

    I am a sinner. I am imperfect. I need forgiveness and grace. When Adam and Eve fell in the Garden? That was my fall. When they intentionally trespassed against God’s will, they did what I do every single day. That was my heart. My sin. My piece of fruit.

    Lord, please save me from myself.

  5. Gary Matos says:

    God’s word is so amazing. That’s all I can say right now. Genesis has so many deep insights and we only view the part of the creation of the world but wow, so many great details to go and study on and about.

  6. Nathan Huebner says:

    Couple noteworthy things:

    God cursed the serpent (becoming Satan) for all of his days, but not the man and woman. Giving way for the One.

    The serpent was once “good” but chose “evil” causing the serpent to fall away from God. The serpent was made (a) good (angel), but because of sin it’s goodness was distorted.

    God has given us freedom of choice [or good versus evil] because He wants us to love Him; to remove this choice would mean that it would not be possible to love God.

  7. Joshua H. says:

    Sin is undeniable. However the power of it is trumped by grace. The Lord showed Adam and Eve this in Eden (Genesis 3:20); he has shown this to us by sending his son (John 1:4).

  8. Chris Hardy says:

    Today is pretty convicting… there’s things I do after I ask my self: does God really care if I do this? And off those stems the other evils I do without noticing.
    What can I do to refocus my motivation?
    Maybe I can remove distractions and lies being told to me.
    What can I take away or add or change to become a better disciple?
    Less news?
    More prayer throughout the day?
    Take downtime looking at phone and turn it into a way to think of giving to someone else? I should be brainstorming on how I can bring my family to a holier way and care for them as their husband and father here.

  9. Michael says:

    It is easy to judge the sins of others saying, “I would never do that” or “At least I have not done this.” But there is no distinction between sin in God’s eyes. Sin is sin and requires God to take action. “We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” and therefore cannot boast in ourselves but only in Christ and the redemptive work He completed for us through His death and resurrection on the cross.

  10. S.A.O says:

    The story of creation has always been fascinating…the detail that went to it by merely saying words, my GOD is indeed an AWESOME GOD!!!

  11. Adam says:

    In this story, it clearly shows our natural propensity to lack contentment. Even in paradise, we wanted more. I think about that today-how we hope and pray for things only to receive them and quickly begin to want more-that of which we were hoping for no longer being sufficient. The devil plays on these desires and he is successful in leveraging our discontentment to lead us to sin.

  12. Zachary says:

    Oof. Angry God is hard to read. That’s all I have to say at the moment.

  13. Nick says:

    To me this is a reminder of our free will to choose God’s way or our own. He has given us everything we need. Adam and Eve has all of creation to enjoy and not work but they wanted to know what God knew, to have more than everything that He has provided. I do this all the time, thinking I need something more than His best.

  14. Ben Bobowski says:

    I never really saw the coming of Jesus in that passage. He shall bruise your head is a reference of Jesus coming and destroying Satan and sin, specifically. God already had in plan to send His Son to destroy Satan. From the beginning. I just never saw His promise of His Son already being sent to destroy our sin and Satan. Wi, like God had no hesitation, He knew what He was going to do and didn’t gave any thought to how He was going to crush Satan and our sin.

  15. Ipsan Gonzalez says:

    The Lord as our loving Father, gave a just and fair punishment for having ate the forbidden fruit and with all that, still has given us a chance for redemption through Jesus Christ, amen.

  16. David DeVore says:

    I love Romans 5 at the very end when it says that Adam was “a kind of the one who is to come,” or something like that. It’s interesting that even in his son, the Bibke says that we are still on God. That we were made in His image. That’s pretty motivating to me.

  17. Brendan Berryman says:

    More than anything, it’s time I stop listening to the world, and start listening to God.

  18. Micah Edwards says:

    Genesis 3:15
    God straight up curses Satan, yet He still loves His people and does no harm to them. He only curses the ground we walk. This is the first promise of Jesus Christ. But what does hostility between woman and Satan look like today? How does that play out?

    Genesis 3:16
    One of God’s curses was hostility in the relationship between man and woman. The sinful heart of woman wants to overpower the man, even though his God-given role in the home hadn’t changed.

    Isaiah 1:5
    History has proven itself. Forsaking the Lord only brings sickness of the mind and faintness of the heart. What good is rebelling in the end game?

    God instilled free will into his very good creation because of His love for us. He desires our affection and admiration, and that can’t be forced.

  19. John says:

    Adam and Eve’s first thought after eating the fruit was shame. They knew that they were exposed before God and one another. Shame… oh God how I feel and hear that voice inside constantly speaking shame over me daily. God help me to hear your voice, Truth, or that voice of shame today.

  20. Nicholas Williams says:

    Doubt is deadly in moments of time. It does not lead us to more of what we have seen or even worse heard from God. Understanding must come to our eyes and heart. For God does not want us to doubt even much worry if we are hearing His voice but stick to what He said and we think He said as a interpretation.

  21. Chuck says:

    The truth that God has given us the world and yet we think there might be something better out there. That God is holding out on us. The reminder of God’s mercy and grace for me is indeed to good not to share.

  22. Del’Shawn says:

    Dear Lord, forgive me for my moments when I have followed the voice of the serpent. You have given me the world. I pray that everyday I look to your commandments to guide me through this life and that I put my trust in you and nothing and no one else. I’m sorry for my sins and thank you for not cursing me like Satan. May I use my free choice as a way to choose you over and over again.

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