Week 9 The Story of You
Who do You see in the mirror?
God always gives mankind choices. In the beginning the most important one was between life or judgment.
We can look back at Genesis 1 and know that God’s intent was very good. So the moment man entertained the serpent’s editorial on God’s will, their eyes were deceived to judge God’s intent. Although Adam and Eve had lived in a world where life was nothing but good, they judged there was better. They forgot who they were and as a result, not His will but theirs was done.
The story of mankind has been about judgment ever since. To judge means to separate between two ideas, things or people. We judge others, situations, worthiness; there is a constant struggle to decide what is good and what is evil. We even look in the mirror and judge the reflection staring back at us. Judgment always brings death. And all God wanted for us was Life, and that more abundantly.
No worries, though, God planned ahead for such circumstances, as we’ll see next week.
Go back and look over your journaling from Week 3. (Ge 1:26-27, 2:7)
Now read Genesis 2 & 3, specifically the following verses:
The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life AND the tree of the knowledge of good and evil….And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from ANY tree in the garden; BUT you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Genesis 2:9, 16-17 NIV)
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
When the woman SAW that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. (Genesis 3:1-7 NIV)