In order for us to understand the full story of Jesus’s birth and why he was born, we have to start back at the beginning with the story of creation.
Some of the earliest translations of Greek writing actually put Genesis in the same family of words as ‘gene,’ ‘generation,’ and genealogy.’ It was derived from the verb ginomai, which means to begin with. This will be an important fact to keep in the back of your mind. And I promise the rest won’t be so boring. Or maybe it will. You will just have to read it and see.
God spent seven days and nights creating the entire earth. The moon, the stars, the sun, the mountains, the beaches, the animals, the trees, etc. If it is on the earth, God made it in those first six days. And on the seventh day, he rested.
When I imagine God making all the earth, I image my little three year old making snakes with her play-doh. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t like that. But, that’s how it is in my head.
On the sixth day, God created the first man and woman. They were named Adam and Eve. He made them in His image and in his likeness. (Genesis 1:26)
At the end of the sixth day, God was pretty much finished creating everything. He had been at work for six days. God now had a man, a woman, and animals. He blessed them and told them to go forth and multiply.
“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” Genesis 1:31
What went wrong? ?
God made the heavens and the earth, and everything was good. Everything was perfect actually. Adam and Eve were able to lounge around and not wear clothes (or do laundry) and just garden and eat their fresh fruits and vegetables all day. My dream is to one day just lounge around all day and have someone bring me water and feed me grapes. In my head, this is the life Eve was living.
However, there was one tree in the garden that God told them not to eat from. The tree of knowledge of good and evil. God told Adam and Eve that if they ate from this tree, they would surely die. (Genesis 2:16) That’s pretty extreme.
The serpent, who is Satan, went to Eve and used this extreme warning about dying from eating the fruit in his favor. He asked Eve some tricky questions about what God had actually said, and made it sound ridiculous that she would actually die. Then he told her that the real reason God didn’t want her to eat the fruit was because God didn’t want her to be like him. He didn’t want her to know good and evil. (Genesis 3:1-5)
Eve listened to the serpent and ate the fruit because she thought it was to make her wise. Then she gave Adam a piece. (Genesis 3:6)
After they ate the fruit, their eyes were opened and they understood good and evil. They understood sin. God removed them from the Garden of Eden.
Their sin separated them from God.
God punished the serpent, Eve and Adam.
As part of the serpent’s (remember he is Satan) punishment, we see the first prediction of Jesus coming one day.
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15
When we look at the entire story, we know that the “he” being referred to is Jesus.
Why did God have to send Jesus? Since Adam and Eve chose to sin, that sin separated them and us from God. After sin entered the world, a sacrifice had to be offered as a forgiveness for sins. We will learn more about this in the days to come.
Have you ever realized before that God planned to send Jesus this soon after the first sin occurred?
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Monday’s trivia question: Name one of Adam and Eve’s children mentioned in the Bible.