Advent: The Problem (Genesis 3:1-14)

ww40As we enter this Advent season, it is necessary to ponder why the arrival of Jesus was so significant for mankind. Really, what is it that makes this event stand out? Of course, we know Jesus was the prophesied Messiah. However, before even reaching that point, we must begin with a problem. The very reason for the advent was because there was a problem that needed to be solved. What was and is this problem? Sin! This has been the case ever since Genesis 3. Living in a perfect and good environment with a perfect and good Father, Adam and Eve enjoyed untainted fellowship. Then the deceiving serpent came. God had told Adam in Genesis 2:17 he was not to eat of “the tree of knowledge of good and evil”. The consequence of disobeying that command would be death. But, because of temptation and deception, Adam and Eve fell. The serpent had caused the woman to doubt God’s Word, twist God’s words, and doubt His goodness (3:1-5). Twisting the roles, Satan went to the woman first instead of Adam. Adam, being the leader, was the one warned to not partake in eating the fruit. Unfortunately, Adam did not refuse to eat of it but he also shirked his responsibility by not stepping in as leader and reminding his wife not to eat it because of God’s word. The result of Adam and Eve’s disobedience was as God had said, death. Physical and spiritual death entered the world. The realities of a fallen and sinful world came into being because of disobedience to God’s word. Separation from the presence of God was the penalty for their rebellion to the true and holy God. No matter what they could try to do, Adam and Eve could not repair their relationship with God and restore it in reconciliation. Thanks be to God, though. He has provided a way and has promised a deliverer. And that is why we celebrate this advent season.

Reflection Time:

  • Have you ever taken the time to consider why we celebrate Advent, the coming of Jesus, in the first place? How does Genesis 3 reveal our problem and point to why Jesus is so significant?

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