The Sin of God's People
The Paradise in which Adam and Eve lived had everything to make them happy. There were birds and flowers and trees of all kinds. One day God said to Adam: “Of every three of Paradise you shall eat. But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat. For if you do eat of it, you shall die the death.” Now, one time when Eve was walking in the garden looking at the lovely fruit God had given them, the devil in the form of a serpent spoke to her from one of the trees and said: “Why did God command that you should not eat of every tree of Paradise?” Eve answered: “We do eat of the fruit of the trees that are in Paradise. But of the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of Paradise, God has commanded us that we should not eat, lest perhaps we die.” But the serpent said: “No, you shall not die the death, but your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as God, knowing good and evil.” Eve believed the serpent. She took of the fruit and ate, and also gave her husband to eat. Then the eyes of their souls were opened so that they could know good and evil, and they knew that they had done wrong.
God’s Wonderful Promise
When Adam and Eve saw what they had done, they were ashamed and sad and they hid themselves among the trees. God called Adam and said to him: “Where are you?” Adam answered: “I heard Your voice in Paradise, I was afraid, and I hid myself.” Then Adam told God that it was the woman who gave him the fruit to eat, and God said to Eve: “Why have you done this?” She answered: “The serpent deceived me and I did eat.” And the Lord told the serpent that because he did this, he would be cursed among all the cattle and beasts of the earth: and would creep on his breast and eat earth all the days of his life. And He spoke these words to the serpent: “I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.” And to Adam He said: “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree which I commanded you not to eat, the earth is cursed in your work: you shall eat with labor and toil all the days of your life. It shall bring forth thistles to you: and you shall eat the plants of the earth. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the earth out of which you were taken: for dust you are and into dust you shall return.
Then God sent Adam and Eve out of the beautiful Paradise and put an angel with a flaming sword at the gate, so that they could never again come back. Poor Adam and Eve! They went away very sad, but they knew that God did not punish them forever. When He said the words: “I shall put enmities between thee and the woman” He meant to tell them that some day He would send a Redeemer who would open for them the gates of heaven which were now closed on account of their sin. That was a wonderful promise. Adam and Eve always remembered it. They often spoke about it to their children and told them never to forget that some day God would keep His promise and send them a Redeemer.
Other stories you might like to read if time permits:
From: Anecdotes and Examples by Rev. Francis Spirago
A variety of stories start on pg. 49 and go through 55.
Coordinating Bible Verses: Genesis 3: 1-7 and 23-24
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