Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve by TitianIllustration:  “The Fall of Man” by Titian, 1570.  Oil on canvas.

“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15).

When God created Adam and Eve, He gave them His best; all they would ever need. God gave them the freedom to enjoy everything He had made, except that He commanded them not to eat from one particular tree. They approached the one thing that was off limits and Satan whispered, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not…?’” (Genesis 3:1). They decided God’s best wasn’t good enough, and that choice disrupted the goodness of all God had made.

God gives us His best, too, but we want more. Satan whispers in our ears, “Did God actually say…?” Then we take our eyes off of God and focus on ourselves. His best doesn’t seem good enough. Fortunately for us, God knows what is best and He will do it. In the Garden of Eden He made a promise: the seed of the woman will be bruised, but He will destroy the whisperer. We will hear the breath of God’s Spirit instead of Satan. For Adam and Eve, and hundreds of generations to follow, the wait for a Savior had begun.

Prayer: Lord, I’m sorry for lusting after my own desires. Help me listen to Your voice as I anticipate the birth of Your Son, Jesus. Amen.

As We Wait: In the busyness of this season, remember that God kept the promise He made in the Garden. He sent His Son, Jesus, to be our Savior and to conquer Satan.


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