How sin changes us

Daily reading: Genesis 2:4b-7, 15-17; 3:1-8                   
Friday September 16, 2016
Focus passage: During the day’s cool evening breeze, they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden; and the man and his wife hid themselves from the LORD God in the middle of the garden’s trees. Genesis 3:8
What should have been an idyllic evening with a cool breeze and the company of God, the sound of God’s footsteps brings anxiety and shame to the humans, because something has forever changed, they now know both good and evil.
While they didn’t physically die in the moment of eating from the tree, a part of their relationship with God died.  They took a step that forever changed the landscape of their relationship, just as the tragedy of 9/11 forever changed our world. Or on a more basic level, when we convince ourselves that the lie we told isn’t a big deal and it builds as we live into not telling the truth, or when we have deiced the rules don’t apply to us and we find ourselves stepping across boundaries and violating trust, or when someone hurts us, in all of these situations our relationship is forever changed.
The trust that God had with the humans has been violated.  And thus begins a new relationship where forgiveness and reconciliation are necessary.  Despite the comical blame game that happens right after the reading for today, God still desires to be in relationship with God’s creation.
This foundational story of our scriptures speaks to the reality that we cause brokenness and we try to repair it without the help of God.  The humans realize their disobedience has left them exposed and vulnerable.

Prayer: God, help me to make good choices today that show love and respect to you, myself and my neighbor.  Amen.

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