Day 4 - The Fall of Adam and Eve
But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. (Genesis 3:4-6)
Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonouring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. (Romans 1:22-25)
These passages tell us that God is the “the immortal God” who “is blessed forever”. In eternity past and for eternity future, He will be worshipped as He is eternally worthy. The Bible gives us humbling insight into our own souls, that sinners have exchanged His glory for lesser images and idols. How can we still be proud before Him? Humble yourself before God today.
Eve found out quickly that there was nothing enjoyable about sin. When she ate the forbidden fruit, she was doing more than disobeying. She was buying into the serpent’s lie that God was not caring or wise and keeping something good from her. By not trusting God, she tarnished the love relationship she enjoyed with God in the beginning. She also bought the lie of her pride, that she could herself, a created being, be “like God”, who is immortal and perfect. Romans 1:22-25 says that this is wicked -- lifting a created thing to the status of the Creator. And it made Eve miserable.
We often fail to recognise the gravity of our own sin. We usurp God’s place and walk in Eve’s footsteps. When we make excuses for our idolatry and persist stubbornly in sin, we too “exchange the glory of God for images”. Do you see your sin for what it is? Let us humbly confess our sin and ask God, in His mercy, to forgive us.
Quietly think on what it means to sin against a loving God. Avoid being careless and casual with your attitude towards sin by meditating on God’s judgment.
- Would you pray that God deepen your remorse for sin? Christians should be humbled by the story of the fall and the brokenness of the world.
Dear God, Creator of all, You alone are worthy of our worship and devotion. I confess that I have repeatedly exchanged Your glory for lesser things and failed to see the gravity of my sin. But though I rebel against You, You provided a way for me to be made clean, and have taken me from my miserable state and shown me mercy and grace. I pray that You would change me deeply, so that I worship You above all else. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.
- Hearts which are sensitive to sin and for a tender conscience.
- The suffering in the world. Remember in particular, countries devastated by war, conflict and chaos.
- The Singaporean government to be used by God as an agent of peace and justice in Singapore.