Reading: Genesis 3: 1-7
The story of sin in our passage today is repeated each day in our lives. While we do not eat the forbidden fruit, we partake and indulge and rationalize and justify and blame any number of times each day in our lives. Maybe it is an unkind word to our spouse, maybe it is a little gossip, maybe it is one too many treats, maybe, maybe, maybe. The list is long.
For Adam and Eve it appears that just one thing draws them away from following God’s instructions. But I do not think the serpent’s whisper was the first time they thought about the tree. They have probably wondered ‘why’ ever since God said, “don’t eat”. Adam and Eve have always obeyed God up to this point. That is why it has been a wonderful relationship. They walk and talk each day. The serpent tells Eve that she will not die if she eats the forbidden fruit. The serpent also plants the ‘real’ reason God does not want them to partake. Later, when Adam and Eve are at the tree, she sees the fruit is appealing and good to eat, when she remembers that what God said isn’t ‘true’, she eats. She indulges. She justifies what she knows she shouldn’t. And Adam is right there with her.
Sitting in the break room, the conversation begins. It is so hard not to join in or at least listen to the gossip and silently judge. TV show isn’t quite over and there are some chips left in the bag. It is so easy just to finish them off. It was a hard and stressful day at work and emotions are tense. Something is not quite right with dinner or the kids are a bit rambunctious, so you let someone have it. It is so easy to slip into sin. We like to think those listed here and others like them are relatively ‘harmless’, but each sin comes with a cost, a price, a consequence. A relationship is damaged or broken. Maybe it is repairable, but should we ever get to the point of having to repair our relationships?
We all know the answer is ‘no’ but it is easier said than done. We are, by nature, prone to sin. God works all the time, most often through the presence of the Holy Spirit, to turn us from temptation and sin. Merciful redeemer, when we do sin, make us humble in seeking forgiveness. O Lord our God, strengthen and encourage us today for the trial and temptations that surely lie ahead, so that we may walk as faithful disciples this day.