Genesis 3

As with every chapter of the Bible, there are just so many amazing things in Genesis 3. One question I always ask is “Why did God search for Adam & Eve?” God is omniscient, of course He knew where Adam and Eve were! Was He giving them the opportunity to hide themselves or show themselves? I don’t know the answer, if you have any thoughts, let me know!

I think the main thing that stands out to me in this chapter currently (as a result of doing the Kairos Course at the moment, highly recommended!), is in verse fifteen:

15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring [a] and hers;
he will crush [b] your head,
and you will strike his heel.”

What the course pointed out to me (and I agree) is the difference in severity in the two actions. The snake will strike the heel of the woman’s offspring. That’s painful, but not deadly. But the woman’s offspring will crush the snake’s head. When your head is crushed you’re gone for good! Who is the woman’s offspring? Why Jesus, of course! Already in only the third chapter of the Bible, God is making His plan for the redemption of mankind known, in the same chapter in which mankind fell and thus became needy of redemption! Sometimes it seems like God takes His time about things. Why wait thousands of years to send Jesus, and thousands of years after that we’re still waiting for the second coming? Well God’s got it under control, He had a plan from the moment Adam and Eve first sinned :)

5 responses to “Genesis 3

  1. Yeah Genesis is essentially divided into pre-babel and post-babel. I’ve been doing a missions course at church that explained quite a lot about it in terms of the dividing of mankind into “ethne” (nations). The nations are listed before the story is actually told, so there is a fluctuation in the chronology there.

  2. oh and in ch 3, its interesting how Satan lies about how Eve wasn’t allowed to touch the fruit. God never originally said she couldn’t touch it. It just goes to show how crafty he really is.

  3. oooh i’ve been enjoying reading your genesis blurbs. we went through a lecture series at capers on genesis (well the first several chapters) in one of the first weeks. chapter 3 and verse 15 was my favourite part.

    I was reading through Genesis the other day and what I found interesting is Gen 10:5 and Gen 11:1. It’s been said that the book of Genesis is in Chronological order. However, those verses seems to put it across that it infact isn’t. Well those 2 chapters anyway. weird

    Also, in regard to the whole ‘where are you’ thing… Although like you said God is omniscient, it could quite well be talking about a spiritual sense in the fact that He wants them to own up kinda thing. But who actually knows.

    Anyway, keep this up!

  4. That explanation could well make sense culturally, though in the very first chapter of Genesis, “the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters”, and much later in the bible God turns up in human form as Jesus. So it doesn’t seem to be a black and white simple case of a cultural preference shift from God turning up in a human body to God turning up looking a bit grander.

  5. One question I always ask is “Why did God search for Adam & Eve?” God is omniscient, of course He knew where Adam and Eve were! Was He giving them the opportunity to hide themselves or show themselves? I don’t know the answer, if you have any thoughts, let me know!

    I can give you an atheists historical answer, though I’m not sure it will be of use to you.

    This I got from a brilliant scholar, Karen Armstrong (she was a nun, check out her stuff for excellent reading on the the history of religion). This is a grossly simplified explanation:

    One of the reasons that God or ‘YHWH’ appears in person during Genesis and the beginning of the bible is that at this stage of history people were much more used to a far more human concept of God – later, as civilisation became more intellectually advanced, it became unseemly to have God turn up in a human body – hence why he appears later as metaphysical forces or storms, rather than in the guise of singular human beings.

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