Week 2 - The Fall of Adam and Eve
September 16th, 2018
Setting the scene...
The story of Adam and Eve is one of the oldest that we know and the fact that it is still so applicable to our lives is nothing short of astounding. To grow up as a human being is to face the same set of circumstances that Adam and Eve face in a story. Our early childhood is something like growing up in the garden. We’re not fully conscious of how the world works, the threats that live outside our walls and we are dependent upon our parents to protect and feed us. But as we grow older things change. We encounter the snakes, we fall and we learn, we realize that we are naked, we understand shame. And so what can we do? We, like all our brothers and sisters throughout all the ages, face the same struggle. How do we live east of Eden? How can we contend with all the threats and challenges and even the fact that to dust we will eventually return. But know this: before they left, God clothed Adam and Eve. He understand their frailty, their vulnerability - he did not kick them to the curb, and neither has he done so with us. We can be comforted that despite the challenges we face in life, God is there.
Reading for this week...
Questions for reflection...
What have I been taught about this story in the past? How do those teachings speak to me now? What is God saying to me today?
Reread this scripture and imagine the scene unfolding before you. What does the garden look like? How do the characters speak with one another? What is God like?
Reflect on your own life. Recall moments where you have encountered the knowledge of good and evil in new ways for yourself. How did that feel? How has that affected your own life? How did God respond to you?
For additional study...
WATCH: Genesis 1-2 teaches us that humans are made in the image of God and given authority. In Genesis 3 we explore the choices and effects that power brings. Dive into the Bible Project: The Image of God to consider more
READ: Christians pinpoint “original sin” in the Genesis story of Adam and Eve eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, even though the phrase is not in the Bible. Consider this reflection by Richard Rohr
JOIN A CLASS: Talk with other people about the Book of Genesis during a Bible study class at Delano UMC. Classes meet on Sunday or Thursday evenings. For more info
PRAYER EXERCISE: Explore the Ignatian discipline known as The Examen during your time of prayer this week